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No research necessary... if all that separates you and a high performance V8 engine is a 0.048" piece of aluminum, you can be sure that you will feel the heat!   Since I polished all my engine compartment panels I decided not to place a typical ceramic based barrier on the this side of the wall.   Instead I have added a layer of "Heatwave" on top of the Damplifier Pro inside the cabin.      It took roughly  25 sq. ft. (applied over the Damplifier Pro with adhesive) to cover any areas that might be subjected to heat (the foot boxes, transmission tunnel and lower inside door skins (close to side pipes)       

Foot boxes:  Like Damplifier, the heatwave product looks and feels well made.   Again...I have a real good feeling about this stuff.

Two rolls of heatwave and two cans of adhesive is more than enough to cover the inside of the footboxes (including the tops), the transmission tunnel and also the lower section of the door openings. Probably didn't have to do x-bracing in the door openings but since I had lots of material and the sidepipes are close, I decided to go for it.    It took me a total of 4 hours to install.

Warning: if you apply the adhesive to both the Heatwave and panels, it is like contact cement and will immediately bond on contact. Be prepared.



1. Templates: Cut templates first and then transfer pattern to Heatwave.  Test fit Heatwave and most importantly make sure you have a plan to get it in place once that the glue has been applied.  As an example, on the outside foot box panel wall, I choose to split the Heatwave parallel to the diagonal tube so that I could easily install in two pieces.   It would have been disaster if I tried to install in one.    

2. Adhesive: It bonds on contact (period)  - beware!!!

I can be reached directly at the Legacy Garage at:  klegacy@comcast.net (SR71 on FFCobra.com)
Last modified: Sept 1, 2009