"Long Engine Life Starts With
Page | Place
an Order | Contact
Us | FAQ
HotBand Cylinder Heater System
U.S. Patent 6,232,577
heaters clamp around the cylinders.
There is no oil sump heater.
System may be used alone or with any pre-existing oil sump heater.
XP System is the same as above except uses 100 watt elements
Cooler Heater Option
- Innovative hose clamp style band heater is clamped
around the non-finned portion of each cylinder to
distribute the heat gently and evenly all around the cylinder. This
is an advantage over probe type heaters that concentrate
the heat source at a single point in the cylinder head.
Lycoming's VP of Engineering says "It is preferable to
distribute the heat over a large area to reduce thermal stress".
- Does not interfere with the use of a
cylinder head temperature (CHT) gauge, electronic
engine analyzer, or Lasar system as the other brand does. Their cylinder
heater is a probe that screws into the holes in the
cylinder heads that are intended for CHT thermocouple
sensors. That means any cylinders with CHT probes
installed cannot be heated, unless you buy their optional rocker cover gasket type
heaters or heater/thermocouple elements at an additional cost of $135 -
cylinder. The dual-purpose elements or the optional
sparkplug washer type thermocouples may also
affect the accuracy of your electronic engine analyzer and void the
warranty. At least one major manufacturer does not
approve the use of the dual purpose elements, saying "transient
voltage or failure may fry the engine monitor."
- May be used with any oil sump heater.
- HotStrip oil sump heater(s) may be added at any time
(plugs into connector on harness)
- Non-invasive - does not require removal or
replacement of any engine parts to install it.
- No chance of oil leaks, unlike a rocker gasket
heater or oil screen heater.
- Wire harness mounts on the top of the engine
where incoming air keeps it cool, rather than down below
in close proximity to the exhaust pipes and turbos as the
other brand does. This keeps the harness cooler for
longer life. Even though we build it to withstand high temps by using Teflon
insulated wiring and silicone coated fiberglass sleeving, keeping it cool
is the best protection against heat degradation. Top
mounting also simplifies installation and keeps it out of
the way when doing spark plug changes. With our system,
you won't need to replace any heating elements due to
breaking the wires off with your sparkplug wrench.
- Our wire harness is much simpler than the other brand's
harness. This means your time or labor cost to install it
should be less.
- Band heaters install easily. Because they are thin
(1/16"), they easily slide between the cylinder and
the baffling. It is not necessary to remove or modify any
- Band heaters can be re-used at overhaul time. Screw-in
probe type elements often become seized in the CHT port
and have to be drilled out (brass fitting
in your aluminum cylinder head = galvanic corrosion).
- Provides faster, warmer preheats and more uniform
heating than an
oil heater alone, because it gets more heat to the
cylinders and upper crankcase than is possible using an
oil heater alone.
- Gives you the option of first trying an inexpensive oil
sump type engine heater, and adding cylinder heaters
later if more heat or faster preheating is needed.
big advantage of our system is that it is non-invasive. All
our parts are installed "on" the engine. Nothing is
installed inside the engine, and you do not need to remove any OEM parts
or replace any OEM parts with our parts. For example, one
competitor's system replaces the OEM intake manifold bolts with their
own heated bolts. These are simply hollowed out bolts with heating
elements epoxied into the hollowed out core. Or they replace
rocker cover gaskets with their own heated gasket. As a general
design philosophy we feel it is safer not to replace parts that were
installed by the engine manufacturer, especially critical structural
parts like bolts.
Main Page | Place
an Order | Contact Us | FAQ
Last updated 10/23/09