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I am brand new to metal work, and want to make some heat shields for my bike. The exhaust is an S&S hooligan (below), so I'll need to make some straight shields curve over the muffler, and conical shields over the pipe. I have literally no idea where to start, and it seems like beating this with a hammer and sandbag is going to yield very different looking heat shields. Any help would be great


Want the heat shields to look something like this
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This may get you some ideas. Start at page 31 for heat shields.
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I am brand new to metal work, and want to make some heat shields for my bike. The exhaust is an S&S hooligan (below), so I'll need to make some straight shields curve over the muffler, and conical shields over the pipe. I have literally no idea where to start, and it seems like beating this with a hammer and sandbag is going to yield very different looking heat shields. Any help would be great





Want the heat shields to look something like this

If your new to fab work I suggest this..minimal tools needed, super easy... ya want a pipe or round bar (preferred) the same dimension as your pipes...grab sheet metal...guessing no thicker than 12 gauge since your hand hammering it...cut your length and width..place pipe or bar in vice w a support for overhang since your going to be hitting on it..place your cut sheet on bar and wack away forming it over the round stock...as for the holes and rounding the edges that can be done last w a step drill bit and a cutting wheel...that's with bare bone tools...at my shop I would put my cut sheets in my slip roll and give it a couple turns


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If you are really that new to hammer forming as mentioned above, while using the above stated procedure, I would suggest working in smaller pieces and welding them together. Especially around the tighter radii to avoid the amount of shrinking required. 12 ga may even be a bit heavier than needed, 14 or 16 would be much easier to work with. Using the pipe as described is a good start with minimal tools. i would use a piece slightly larger in dia then your ex since you will be mounting it away from the pipe in a raised position. You can also use a cheap trailer ball as an anvil for the tighter bends. Just dont try to move all the metal in one blow of the hammer. Small precision strikes will move it along.
Jump in there and start hammering, its only metal.
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How would I form that middle bit that is conical? The diameter changes so I’m not sure what kind of mold/pipe I’d need to form around that
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Is this a decent kit to get started
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In my case (the build thread that Iron Mike mentioned) I was forced to build my heat shields since the whole exhaust was custom build by me. But in your case there are off-the-shelf heat shields from S&S. https://www.sscycle.com/products/ss-...xhaust-system/

Maybe you already new about that. If you still want to build heat shields like I did, I can give you advice. But you must master stainless TIG-welding and also have sheet metal roller in order to copy my fabrication.
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