OK, here's the scenario: Your pipes are turning blue, and you have burnt heel marks under the passenger pegs. You only have a couple of options to remedy this...let's see, wrapping will do the job, but it's pretty ugly. Heat shields are a possibility, but they're still not the clean look you want...so what do you do?
Jet-Hot is trying to make this decision easy. While ceramic coating has been around for years, it has historically been dull. This year, Jet-Hot has introduced new coatings that are brighter than any ceramic and, most importantly, will not turn blue.
Jet-Hot has been around since 1983, and originally was exclusively a military subcontractor. Not long after that, the company branched into racing, and now Jet-Hot develops, manufactures, and applies a variety of coatings to suit a wide array of needs. While we already mentioned the good look of the new coatings, one of the interesting technical bits about this coating is that it is chemically active. This helps prevent the pipe from rusting even if you were to chip it off (which, by the way, is hard to do). It also keeps the pipes cooler. For cars, trucks, and bikes, the engineers at Jet-Hot found that one key to increased performance was coating the entire inside and outside of your pipes. This seals the pipes up against corrosion (remember, exhaust gasses are highly corrosive) and reduces heat transfer even more.
The makeup of the coating is a closely guarded secret, as are portions of the process used to apply it. However, the end result is that your pipes are sealed from any type of corrosion, the interior of the pipes is smoothed to allow for smoother airflow, and the coating cuts down heat transfer through the pipes. "Most people have us coat their pipes because they look great and don't turn blue like chrome or stainless. However, after they've used us once, they keep coming back because of the dramatic heat reduction it gives. With our coating process, we've typically seen a reduction in heat ranging between 150-300 degrees compared to bare or chrome pipes," stated Todd Beiswenger, director of marketing for Jet-Hot.
Jet-Hot offers several color options: blue, black (semi-gloss and matte), gray, and copper, but the company's most popular color is called Sterling. Sterling is a shiny, quasi-chrome look that comes out looking like highly polished aluminum. With all the aluminum on bikes these days, it's no wonder that Sterling is what most people are looking for-not to mention the fact that it's also very easy to keep clean.
Musclecar enthusiasts and drag racers use the top-secret Sterling coating extensively, with 14-time NHRA Funny-Car champ John Force being one of the company's most well-known clients.
Cost runs from $150 to $225, depending on pipe length, coating chosen, and the number of pieces you want done. It typically takes only five to 10 days to do the job at one of Jet-Hot's regional facilities in Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and Arizona.
While parts of the Jet-Hot process are closely guarded, staffers did allow us to walk through their facility in Phoenix as we had these pipes coated. Here's what we saw.