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    Getting my headers back today. Will be runing them dry. Ive only riden in boats with a dry set up. I personally only ran water injection t valve set ups in the past and with them I knew to look for water coming on at the right rpm's, watch for excessive blueing past the injectors, WD40 in the collectors and on the welds during storage, things like that. Any tips or thing I should be watching for with coated headers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetdream'n View Post
    Getting my headers back today. Will be runing them dry. Ive only riden in boats with a dry set up. I personally only ran water injection t valve set ups in the past and with them I knew to look for water coming on at the right rpm's, watch for excessive blueing past the injectors, WD40 in the collectors and on the welds during storage, things like that. Any tips or thing I should be watching for with coated headers?
    Not really anything to watch for. Ask whoever did them if they have a "break in" procedure. I know when Embee did mine they told me to not idle when you first get em and just cruise for 5-10 minutes to warm em up then let em cool down and do it again a handful of times. Also plug the holes where the water lines would normally go. To clean em up you can use some mothers aluminum polish. Coated headers are bitchin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetdream'n View Post
    Getting my headers back today. Will be runing them dry. Ive only riden in boats with a dry set up. I personally only ran water injection t valve set ups in the past and with them I knew to look for water coming on at the right rpm's, watch for excessive blueing past the injectors, WD40 in the collectors and on the welds during storage, things like that. Any tips or thing I should be watching for with coated headers?
    The coating is good stuff , very little to do cept rock them , coated headers don't actually blue, blueing on header pipes is a byproduct of the reaction of high heat on chrome plating , coated headers can over time get slightly chalky on the exterior of the tubes in the higher heat areas

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    Yeah, love ceramic coatings. As others have said, not much to look out for. Mine tend to get chalky right at the first bend running dry. I just brush it off with a soft towel. When using products to clean/polish them, I use a non abrasive type aluminum polish.

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    Very good question.
    Don't get brake cleaner or carburetor cleaner on them.
    I was told it will turn them gray and they won't recover.
    Don't run the engine lean, that will get them hot and turn the headers gray also.
    Don't use anything abrasive on them, just use something similar to what would be used for a finial shine on aluminum.

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    When entering uncharted waters, I will always look to my PB brothers and sisters for advise. Thanks everyone. Ill try to get some pix up when I get em mounted.

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    I didn't mean to be overly critical of coated headers, but it did sound that way
    I run a set and would definitely do so again.

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    nice

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    Have had mine for two summers, minimal cleaning and always looking good! See Jeff at Embee powdercoating, he's the best in the business!
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    I use this non-abrasive ceramic tile bathroom cleaner that a buddy gave me at the river. Spray it on and whipe it off. All the spots and grime comes off leaving a nice shine. Ours are 9 years old and still look almost new. I'll get the name of the stuff this weekend.

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    Mine got a little rusty in between the collector tubes. I think thats because the company I had coat the headers coated them too thin in those spots. (OR LACK OF USE HAHA) Sure beats chrome though! And like the others have said I just wiped them down with a damp cloth after pullin the boat out of the water.

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