Add a Little Comfort

Sep 25, 2013 update to the Mazda Miata - Sunburst Yellow project car

DEI's heat shielding gets us all hot and bothered.
It's simple to install, too. Just trim it to fit.
Then expose the adhesive backing and apply it to wherever you need.

Having owned a Miata or two before, we know very well that the exhaust header runs directly opposite the transmission tunnel from the driver’s feet. This generally isn’t a big deal, but our yellow car is built to run in endurance races. That puts a premium on driver comfort.

We used a bit of DEI’s Floor and Tunnel Shield II on the transmission tunnel to keep the pedal box cool. Once we finally fixed our misfire—we tracked it down to a clogged injector—we took a half-hour shakedown drive on the interstate (in fourth gear, no less).

Though the heat shield was warm to the touch, it had effectively blocked radiant heat from attacking our sandal-shod soles. We’re optimistic that this will work well on the track.

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Reader comments:

charchri4
charchri4 New Reader
Sept. 25, 2013 10:39 a.m.

What size shield are you using on it?

karlt_10
karlt_10 Reader
Sept. 28, 2013 3:03 p.m.

I have this DEI material in the first 24" or so of my exhaust tunnel to kill the heat and noise of the headers I added. Couldn't be happier. Material has been there for 3.5 years, incl rain & snow, and it's still in excellent shape.

paulbishop1946
March 11, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Shouldn't the heat shield go inside the tunnel, underneath the car?

mcseanerson
mcseanerson New Reader
April 30, 2014 11:25 a.m.

Is that the cheap steering wheel off ebay? I think I have the same one.

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