If you own a Kawasaki Teryx, you have, without a doubt, experienced the extreme heat that is generated by the exhaust. It will heat the cab like a sauna and even glow red. This can undoubtedly cause a great deal of concern and might even stop you from going on many adventures, but the good news is that it can be fixed.
You can fix your Kawasaki Teryx exhaust temperature issues by covering the exhaust in exhaust wrap. You can also use Reflect-A-Cool heat reflective sheets or install a Heat Shield kit. Your exhaust will still release the necessary heat, while your cab will be cooler and much more comfortable.
In this article, I will give you more information on the products you can use if you are experiencing exhaust temperature issues. I will also share some tips on what could be causing your exhaust to heat up more than usual and how to fix them. Let’s get started!
1. Exhaust Wrap Reduces Radiant Heat
Whether you enjoy a leisurely offroad drive or like pushing your Teryx to the limits, you definitely don’t want to be forced to stop by overwhelmingly hot temperatures in the cab.
I have heard of people who refuse to ride their Teryx during the peak of summer because of this exact reason, but don’t despair; I’ve got some solutions that will change your cab from a sauna to a lovely sunroom.
Using exhaust wrap will reduce the heat from your exhaust and increase your driving comfort (source).
One of the easiest and best ways to reduce the heat given off from your exhaust is to wrap it in exhaust wrap. You can get this SunplusTrade Exhaust Heat Wrap (link to Amazon) to help fix your exhaust heating issues. You will have more than enough wrap as a standard exhaust only requires one 50-foot (15.24-m) roll.
By wrapping your exhaust in heat wrap, you will reduce the risk of being burnt if you accidentally touch your exhaust while it is hot. It also looks cool and will reduce the heat your exhaust gives off. It can also improve the performance of your Teryx and can withstand up to 1400°F (760°C) direct heat and 2000°F (1093.33°C) radiant heat.
2. Reflect-A-Cool Heat Reflective Sheets Will Reflect the Heat
Using heat reflective sheets is easy and works to reduce the heat given off by your Kawasaki Teryx’s exhaust. It will require more work than simply wrapping your exhaust, but it will give you the results you are after.
You can purchase these Design Engineering Heat Reflective Sheets (link to Amazon) and install them yourself.
You can easily cut them to the size you need and install them around your exhaust and any other area you think necessary. These sheets will protect your wires and cables from radiant heat up to 2000°F (1093.33°C) and offer direct heat protection up to 400°F (204.44°C).
To install these sheets, simply follow these easy instructions:
- Measure the size you need.
- Trim the sheet to size.
- Remove the self-adhesive backing.
- Stick the sheets onto the desired area.
Remember that the reflective side should always face the radiant heat source. This will reflect the heat and help keep your cab cool.
3. Install a Heat Shield Kit
Installing a heat shield kit isn’t an easy and fast process, but it will be well worth your time and effort. Once installed, it will significantly reduce the heat in your cab compartment, and you will be able to drive as far and rough as you like without having to stop.
A heat shield kit should be able to withstand radiant heat up to 1750°F (954.44°C) and will also make cleaning your Teryx much easier (source).
Here is an informative YouTube video showing how to install heat shielding on your Kawasaki Teryx:
4. Tips To Reduce the Heat Your Exhaust Puts Out
Seeing your exhaust glowing red can be scary, and although it means that the metal is getting closer to the melting point, it won’t actually melt. Stainless steel can absorb a lot of heat but will glow red much faster than some other metals. It is normal for your exhaust to get extremely hot, but it is best to keep it cool if possible.
The best way to keep your cab cool and ensure a more comfortable drive is to install any of the above heat shields, but there are other ways to reduce the heat your exhaust gives off.
Reasons for extreme heat in your Teryx’s exhaust and how to fix it:
- Running Lean: Your UTV may be running lean, meaning that it is not getting enough fuel and too much air. If this is the reason, it is best to have it resolved as soon as possible, as it can burn a hole in the piston.
- Damaged exhaust valves: If your exhaust valves are dirty or damaged, it can cause your exhaust to heat up more than usual. Replacing the valves will help solve the problem.
- Blocked exhaust pipe: If your exhaust pipe or muffler is blocked, it restricts the airflow and increases the temperature. Unclogging your exhaust pipe will reduce the heat.
- Spark plugs: Dirty or damaged spark plugs can cause your exhaust to heat up more than it should. Replacing your spark plugs with good-quality ones will help fix the issue.
If none of the above tips help, and your exhaust keeps on heating up to the point of concern, your local mechanic will be able to help you figure out what is going on and how to fix it.
As a Kawasaki Teryx driver, you may have some problems with the radiator. I’ve listed some common radiator issues and solutions in another article.
There are many ways to reduce the heat produced by your Teryx’s exhaust. The easiest and fastest way to get results is to use exhaust wrap. Reflect-A-Cool reflective sheets or a heat shield kit will definitely help as well, but it is much more complicated to install.
If your exhaust is running extremely hot and you are worried, take a look at your spark plugs and make sure your exhaust pipe isn’t clogged.
Hopefully, one or more of these tips will help you solve your exhaust heat issues and have you enjoying all your Teryx has to offer.
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