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Unread 06-17-2013, 08:06 AM   #1
jamie1131
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Spare wheel Heatshield

Anyone else had the heatshield between the exhaust and spare wheel fall off? Well i say fall off but its just about hanging on, the two fixing points that you can see have completly fractured. Wondering if i can get away without it all together?

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Unread 06-17-2013, 08:19 AM   #2
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The mechanic at my favorite independent shop told me that shield really isn't necessary because there isn't much heat back there, when it's a diesel (which mine is). It's different for a gasoline model - the tailpipe is hotter. If mine was falling off I definitely want it replaced either way.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 12:05 PM   #3
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I'd expect the diesel model to have more heat there...definitely during a regen cycle.

That said, I think you'll be fine without it. My truck has been without a heat shield on the custom exhaust for a long time...the exhaust can actually touch the spare if it gets to swinging.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 12:07 PM   #4
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Yeah mine is a diesel but thankfully it won't be doing a regen cycle!

Im going to pull the heatshield off and see if i can refit with some large washers.
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