Grinding off header heat shield tabs?

The header guard on my bike was extremely mangled, so I decided to just do away with it. Now I have those three mounting tabs sticking out. Is it safe to grind these off? Has anyone ever done this? The thing I'm worried about is accidentaly grinding a hole in the header.

We have done it a a few bikes! No big deal.just take your time and all will be good.We then "wrapped" the header with header tape and it looked fine! :thumbsup:

Cool. I'm gonna try it today.

How did you sand and polish the header?

Polishing becomes an obsession! The finer the grit, the higher the shine. Scratches have to be filed or ground out prior to polishing or the scratches will polish too.

i agree polishing is an obsession! i am an ex detailer and i polish everything! i have even polished all of the trim on my wells cargo trailer. :thumbsup:

The header looks sweet! I will be thinking of that or at least polising the heat sheild, but not sure if that will look good or not with an unpolished header. :thumbsup:

if my heat shield was not damaged i would have left it on there. it does serve a purpose, protecting the header and your leg, you could polish the header and the heat shield that would be trick! i dont think titanium is polishable or i would polish the header on my 04 yz450f. :thumbsup:

if my heat shield was not damaged i would have left it on there. it does serve a purpose, protecting the header and your leg, you could polish the header and the heat shield that would be trick! i dont think titanium is polishable or i would polish the header on my 04 yz450f. :thumbsup:

My heat shield was pretty badly mangled. Just one more question, you used a bench grinder to grind off the tabs, correct?

actually i used a 4" angle grinder, i clamped the header pipe into a large vise.

I also ground off the mounts with a bench grider...it took a little bit but i got er' done. Polishing the header wont stay shiny for long, as the heat will make it change colors. It look pretty kool though.

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