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A COOLER EXPERIENCE Adding Heat Shielding To Your UTV For A Cooler Ride By SCORE Journal Staff Photos courtesy DEI SCORE Baja racers know that small changes to a vehicle can make a big difference during a race. In Baja, heat is one of the major factors that both enthusiasts and racers have to manage. Although UTVs have a safety cage and are open to the air, the engine and drivetrain can heat up the interior to a point where the driver and passengers can feel it. Vehicle radiant heat, along with the desert’s ambient heat, can be draining and could also present a safety hazard. One of the ways racers block the radiating heat from the vehicle is by using heat shielding. It’s evident on many SCORE Trophy Trucks and Class 1 vehicles, but UTVs can also benefit from placing heat shielding in key areas. As an example, Design Engineering Inc. (DEI) created a complete heat shielding kit for popular make and model UTVs. The shielding is designed to block radiant heat and also reduce noise and vibration. With pre-cut kits available, adding heat shielding to UTVs is an easy and inexpensive upgrade that has some great benefits. Shielding, like the kits available from DEI, is designed to fit around the center console, floor, and behind the seats, to block radiant heat from the drivetrain and engine.

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