The system comes with 2 heat shields, I am getting ready to put my Muzzy's on too, and I am wondering about the heat tape wrapping also. Is it really needed?
I actually have bare stainless and also a set of Muzzy's Ceramic coated.
1. Did you get ceramic coated pipes?
With the Ceramic coating there is a LOT less heat, but still a little more than with the pipes wrapped.
2. How bad do you dislike the heat in the cockpit?
With the ceramic coated pipes, you basically have about half the heat of the factory exhaust system in the cockpit. With the bare stainless wrapped you have less than 1/3 the heat of the factory system IMHO.
3. Do you ride in a lot of mud or water.
Water, especially muddy water is pretty hard on the wrap even with the DEI sealer I used. The wrap gets matted with dust/dirt/mud when it gets wet and over time it gets heavy and starts to work less and fail. At least mine did, it took a few hundred miles in some nasty conditions but I had to pull the whole system and re-wrap pretty much.
4. Do you plan to ever put the stock system back on or remove the Muzzy's system at any time?
If you do, you need to have joints in the wrap where each pipe goes together. If you don't and you wrap, you can eliminate 2 or more of the joints in the wrapping.
Hope this helps. VERY COOL that Muzzy's put the F/A Meter Bungs in your system. That saves a LOT of legwork finding someone who can weld the thick bung to the stainless headers. Not so easy as one might think.