First off I am absolutely happy with the results from the ceramic coating and I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering it. JET-HOT is very professional, courteous and they have a quick turn around time.
The bike absolutely sounds different... definitely throatier. The butt dyno feels an increase in responsiveness. I am tempted in going to a Certified Dyno Jet Tunner to get my PC III dialed in. I called one up today but he is charging $350.00 to tune. He asked if I had any engine work which made me think about doing some head work or changing out the TB's before I do this to see what kind of numbers I can get.
Sorry for the sub-par pics. I took them right after work and wish I had time to wash the bike. Also I wanted to shoot out these pics because this week is full and next week we go back underway.
Either that or he's just trying to get back at all those cages that pissed him off during the day
I think it looks very nice and overall the bike is very cool. Why would coating the headers give a deeper sound?
The sound of the exhuast note has changed, but not drastically. Don't think of it as the diffrence from stock cans to aftermarkets. I know it sounds rather silly but It has changed a bit.
I am assuming it has changed because of the following reason taken from Jet-Hots website:
Nevertheless, JET-HOT Sterling will normally boost power when applied to headers for two reasons. First, the coating promotes denser, more potent fuel/air charges by insulating the engine bay from exhaust heat. At the same time, it accelerates the pulsed-vacuum effect on “tuned” headers, resulting in more effective scavenging of cylinders. The increased velocity of exhaust gases produced by higher exit inertia not only clears each cylinder more quickly; it also draws in the next fuel/air charge more efficiently.
I read somewhere in here that the black was a paint over the top of a plain ceramic coating. If you decide to do black check first that it is black ceramic, not paint. I would imagine the paint would scratch far easier and be harder to clean. Having said that, I like the look and the ease of cleaning that would come with this.
I checked with the local shop that did my powercoating, they also offer ceramic coating for headers. He said it was the same thing as Jet Hot, the charge is $100 for outside only, $150 for inside and outside. Can do several colors, including the semi gloss/satin black that I'm wanting and the color is baked into the ceramic, not painted on top. Not sure how that price compares to Jet Hot, but I think I'll have them do my pipes this winter.
Here's their link if anyone's interested, good guys:
I never had a heat issue with the ST. My right foot was always a little hotter than the left (probably from being in close proximity to the catalytic converter which runs hot), but the coated pipes did seem to make things cooler all around. Other ST owners have reported the same result.
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removing the clutch cover will cause you more vibration. it is not a decorative piece, it is a rubber-cushioned mass damper. it also quiets gear noise from the trans. mine's long gone, but my engine only runs for 5 minutes at a time, max. i also have long-since ditched my bar end weights, and anything else that ends with "weights".
I dont have any picts but I had a Cb750F that was Jet Coated.They where rusted almost to the point of falling apart before the coating this was years ago and the owner at that time (he says it was cheaper than replacing the kerkers) talked them into coating the pipes against Jet Coats better judment.They looked great even though the pits still showed though the coating.It gave the pipes a look that is hard to place on type almost as if they where Hammered into shape.You know Ballpen Hammer marks and all.