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Old 04-18-2011, 08:31 AM
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It is a problem. If you leave them covered they will fail very quickly - possibly in less than two weeks if you run hot at all. The clamps and the straps need to be completely exposed and air cooled if you want any life from them at all. What you are doing is great for my boat payment plan, but it offers no other benefit at all. Steve and Brent built air cooling manifold which help keep the straps cool. I would strongly suggest you do the same.

Don't ever try to cover up metal with insulation in a furnace. It usually takes just a few days for it to vaporize.
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