Design Engineering Releases New Turbo Heat Shields

AVON LAKE, OH (09.19.22) – Keep your Turbo cool and running strong with a custom Turbo Heat Shield from Design Engineering, Inc. Available in a variety of styles and fitments for all turbo types, the shields reduce under hood temperatures while protecting sensitive components and encouraging faster spool-ups.
“DEI’s complete line of Turbo Heat Shields provide the ultimate means of reducing turbo lag and serve as a superior heat barrier,” said Mike Buca of DEI. “Whether you’re racing, towing or just out for a cruise, maximize turbo performance with a DEI Turbo Heat Shield.”

Offered in attractive, easy-to-install designs, the shields come in kits that include any necessary locking ties or wire. Popular made in the USA models include:
GEN-3 TITANIUM™ Turbo Shields – DEI’s most technologically advanced shield line, GEN-3 TITANIUM features a silicone-coated TITANIUM LR outer layer, silica blend insulation layer with a glass-silica-stainless weave inner layer and protective stainless mesh liner. The strongest, most heat-resistant textile available, fitments include T3T4T6T25/T28 and T6X turbo applications.
Ultra 47™ Turbo Shields – Made from a Tri-Layer mix of an aluminum-impregnated glass fiber outer shell with a high-temperature insulating mat core and silica glass blend liner, Ultra 47 Turbo Shields feature double-stitching and heavy-duty capped anchor points. They are made in the USA with an economical price and available in T3 and T4 turbo sizes, with more to come.
ONYX™ Series Black Turbo Shields – The ONYX Series features a popular, high-tech rich black finish that looks great while offering extreme protection. Made in the USA using an exclusive combination of premium heat-resistant textiles and newly designed stainless steel attachment anchors, applications are available for smaller T22 and T25 turbo sizes.

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DEI to Sponsors DSM / EVO / GTR Showdown in Ohio

AVON LAKE, OH (08.31.22) – Design Engineering, Inc. will serve as a primary and class sponsor of the 29th annual IDRC Shootout presented by Buschur’s, LLC this fall.

Billed as the “World’s Greatest DSM/EVO Event,” the Shootout will feature drag racing, autocross and Max Effort combination competitions, plus a pre-event Poker Run. Now in its 29th year, the event is set for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

“We’re looking forward to some great action at this year’s ENEOS 2022 IDRC Shootout Presented by Buschur’s,” said Will Farkas, Social Media & Sponsorship Coordinator of DEI. “A later starting date this year should mean cooler temperatures and faster times throughout the weekend.”

DEI’s performance heat and sound control products offer drag racers a competitive edge through cooler operating temperatures and thermal containment—particularly in tight engine compartments and under the body of sport compacts and other smaller competition vehicles.

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DEI Cruise-In to Benefit Avon Lake’s Newest K9 Officer

AVON LAKE, OH (08.03.22) -The dog days of summer are a great time for a car show—especially one that benefits a special K9 officer.

Design Engineering, Inc. will host its annual DEI Cruise-In on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, across the street from its company headquarters in Avon Lake, Ohio. Along with some of the area’s greatest classic-and-specialty vehicles, plus food, music and family fun, the event will serve as a special fundraiser for an important animal: new Avon Lake K9 officer Lex. Another exciting feature of the DEI Cruise-In will be Lex performing some training exercises as well as a ceremony to present him with his official officer’s badge.

“We’re thrilled that our annual Cruise-In, which was started back in 2016, will continue to celebrate our great community and benefit a worthy cause at the same time,” said Steve Garrett of DEI. “This year we’ll be asking for a $10 donation per vehicle to help pay for training and safety equipment for Lex.”

“The City of Avon Lake looks forward to the DEI Cruise in every summer,” said Ted Esborn, Community Development Director. “It is a great event not just for car enthusiasts but for the whole family.”

Spectators are free to enter and view some of the hottest cars, trucks, SUVs, race cars, motorcycles and classic vehicles around, while enjoying music, events, vendors and a police K9 demonstration featuring Lex. The first 300 participants will receive a free commemorative gift. “We are grateful to DEI for putting on this event that brings people into our community and provides a fun-filled day for our residents,” Esborn said.

Funds raised at the Cruise-In will go toward purchasing a kennel, a K9 trauma kit/bag, a bite suit, training aids and a vest.

The Cruise-In runs from 4-8 p.m. at the Weiss Baseball Fields, 33401 Webber Road. For event updates, visit

Design Engineering Releases ’18-’22 Arctic Cat Wildcat XX Heat Control Kits

AVON LAKE, OH (07.07.22) – Arctic Cat Wildcat XX owners can keep their cool with a new Heat Control Kit from Design Engineering, Inc.

Created to reduce the amount of heat that enters the cabin from around the lower steering column in the popular side-by-side models, the kits also block dirt and mud from getting into the driver’s area to increase riding comfort and safety.

“Keeping riders cool and comfortable is the goal of our new heat shield kits for Arctic Cat Wildcat XX applications,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “Installation is straightforward, and these shields will increase the riding comfort for you and your whole crew.”

Designed to fit 2018-’22 Wildcat XX models, the kits feature CNC-cut materials for a precision fit and maintain Arctic Cat’s tilt steering function. The heavy-duty rubber shields are built to last, offering an easy installation while reducing heat intrusion from around the steering column.

For more information about Arctic Cat Wildcat XX Heat Control Kits and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit

Cruise Your Classic Truck in Comfort with Design Engineering

AVON LAKE, OH (06.29.22) – On the heels of its successful Interior Insulation Kit release for 1973-’87 Chevrolet/GMC regular-cab truck models, Design Engineering, Inc. is following up with a custom-cut solution specifically for 1988-’98 extended-cab GM pickups.

Using a combination of proven 2mm damping material and Under Carpet Lite to control heat and block unwanted road, tire and engine noise, the kits are an easy, affordable way to cruise your classic truck in style.

“Pre-cut Interior Insulation Kits ensure the correct material to cover specific interior areas including floors, firewalls, headliners and more,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “Everyone knows how popular these older pickups are with consumers, and now DEI is making the ride even more enjoyable.”

For the quietest, most comfortable interior, first put down the damping kit to eliminate noise and vibration, and then follow with an insulation kit for superior thermal protection. Add the roof-specific part numbers for a total cab makeover.

DEI insulation kits are CNC-cut for a precise fit and easy installation:

Insulation Kit (# 50023)
Damping Kit (# 50022)
Roof Insulation Kit (# 50299)
Roof Damping Kit (# 50300) 

For more information about custom-cut Interior Insulation Kits for 1988-’98 Chevrolet/GMC extended-cab pickups and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit

Matthew Botos Joins DEI Team as Lead Engineer and Designer

RAPID CITY, SD (06.24.22) – Design Engineering, Inc. welcomes Matthew Botos as its new Lead Engineer and Designer. 

Botos joined the team on May 10, with his main role focused on designing new products and improving current products. He brings extensive experience in mechanical engineering, computer aided design, computer-numerical control (CNC) machining and information technology.

After 16 years owning his own company, Botos Design & Distribution, Botos is excited to be part of DEI’s work to design and engineer products that solve problems across a multitude of industries. 

Matthew Botos

“The sky is the limit for companies like DEI who have the foresight and flexibility to adapt in an ever-changing world,” Botos said. 

“It’s great to have Matt on the Team, and we’re thrilled to work with him on developing new products” Mike Buca, Product Manager of DEI said.

He has a passion for designing new products and bringing them to market, and is bringing that enthusiasm and experience to continue DEI’s commitment to providing customers with the highest-quality heat and sound insulation products on the market.  “Working at DEI is a perfect fit for my passions,” he said.

An Ohio native, Botos was born and raised in Grafton, and was the 1991 Ohio State Pole Vault Champion. In his free time, he enjoys motocross and anything CNC. 

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Design Engineering Releases Dyno Strap Heat Guard

AVON LAKE, OHIO – Prevent damage and burn-through of critical dynamometers tie-downs with DEI’s Dyno Strap Heat Guard (#10466).

Developed to add a protective layer to dyno straps that run close to exhaust exits or other hot areas of an operating vehicle, the protective sheaths are made of a high-temperature-resistant aluminized material to withstand 500°F direct heat and 2000°F of radiant heat.

“It started with a frantic call from a local tuner shop, asking if we offered a protective heat sleeve for dynamometer tie-down straps,” said Mike Buca, DEI Product Manager. “It seems this tuner nearly launched a car while on the dyno because the exhaust heat exiting the tailpipe actually burned through an already weakened area on the strap.”

Dyno Strap Heat Guard protects against such scenarios by easily slipping on over standard tie-downs, allowing them to be positioned near exhaust pipe exits. The sheaths measure 5″-wide-by-36″-long and include an attractive silver finish.

For more information about Dyno Strap Heat Guard and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit

Design Engineering Releases GM Classic Truck-Specific Insulation Kits

AVON LAKE, OH (05.19.22) – Specific truck models have specific heat and sound control issues. Get the right solution for your classic pickup with DEI Interior Insulation Kits that are custom-cut for 1973-’87 Chevrolet/GMC regular-cab truck models.

“Design Engineering, Inc. is leading the way with the most advanced thermal acoustic kits for vehicle-specific applications,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “Using a combination of our proven 2mm damping material and Under Carpet Lite, we offer an effective and affordable solution to unwanted heat and noise in easy-to-install, pre-cut, vehicle-specific kits.”

Square-body 1973-’87 Chevy/GMC pickups are favorites among restorers and hobbyists, offering a classic look and plenty of customization options. Big engine swaps often result in increased sound and heat levels in the cab, prompting the need for quality kits that keep occupants cool and comfortable.

Pre-cut, peel-and-stick Damping Kits eliminate unwanted engine and road noise while reducing vibrations. Pair them with a custom cut Floor Insulation Kit featuring DEI’s Under Carpet Lite for total interior protection. Includes detailed instructions showing where to place damping material and insulation.

Each piece is CNC-cut for a precise fit and simple installation on floors, and firewalls. Choose from Insulation and Damping Kits that fit low or high transmission humps in 1973-’87 Chevrolet/GMC regular-cab builds:

Floor Damping Kit for low hump (# 50018)
Floor Insulation Kit for low hump (# 50019)
Floor Insulation for high hump (# 50026)
Floor Damping Kit for high hump (# 50027)

The economical insulating solutions deliver a comfortable interior in any weather conditions and enhance stereo sound and performance. Do away with annoying road, tire, and exhaust noise for an improved driving experience.

For more information about custom-cut Interior Insulation Kits for 1973-’87 Chevrolet/GMC regular-cab pickups and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit

Design engineering Releases Knitted Exhaust Sleeves for 3″ Pipes

AVON LAKE, OH (05.11.22) – Users asked and Design Engineering, Inc. delivered. DEI’s popular Titanium Knitted Sleeves are now available in a smaller size to fit 3″ to 3.5″ (# 10042) OD exhaust and turbo pipes, up to 36″ in length.

Previously available in 12” and 24″ lengths to fit 4″ to 5″ pipes, the sleeves have a max temperature rating of 1800°F and a continuous rating of 1382°F. They can be cut to fit any application, and are also available in special-order custom lengths.

“Users have found many uses for our Titanium Knitted Sleeves, and some began asking for a smaller diameter to fit certain turbo downpipes,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “These versatile sleeves can expand up to 3.5-inch in diameter, offering heat protection for a variety of street and race machines.”

Designed to protect vulnerable components and prevent heat from transferring into vehicle cabins, the sleeves are made from a thick basalt material that expands over sensor bungs and flanges and can be rolled at the ends. Kits include locking ties and tool to secure the sleeves to the pipes.

The sleeves have passed a variety of flammability, burn and salt spray tests for reliability, offering complete protection for vulnerable components and bodywork.

For more information about Titanium Knitted Sleeves and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit

DEI Joins the Hot Rod Power Tour

AVON LAKE, OH (04.20.22) – Automotive heat and sound control products company Design Engineering, Inc. is doing its part to make sure the annual HOT ROD Power Tour features some of the most imaginative, inspiring and just plain cool cars around.

Along the Power Tour, the DEI booth will play host to vehicles provided by Boris Maryanovsky and his shop, Street Machinery, as well as Sally’s Speed Shop and Chris Hamilton and his Project Rocky. The tour runs June 13-17 through the backroads of Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

“Visitors to any and all stops of the Power Tour are invited to come by the DEI booth to learn more about our performance heat and sound control products,” said Steve Garrett, Creative Director of DEI. “We’ll have great vehicles on display at every stop, plus a few other surprises!”

The 28th Annual HOT ROD Power Tour Presented by eBay Motors Driven by Continental Tire is returning to its traditional early summer running time for 2022. The world’s largest traveling car show will make a 1,000-mile journey through the small towns of the American South.

The Tour stops each afternoon, allowing vendors to welcome interested participants and spectators. Make plans to visit DEI’s booth each day:

June 13 – Liberty Park, Memphis, Tennessee
June 14 – Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tennessee
June 15 – Hoover Met Complex, Hoover, Alabama
June 16 – Pensacola Fairgrounds, Pensacola, Florida
June 17 – Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia

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