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

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

Design Engineering Releases Wrangler LJ Headliner Kits

AVON LAKE, OH (04.14.22) – The added wheelbase length on 2004-’06 Jeep Wrangler TJ Unlimited – also known as LJ or “Long Jeep” models – make them highly sought-after, even two decades later. Now, for hardtop applications, there’s a new Sound Deadening/Insulating Headliner Kit from Design Engineering, Inc. that brings even more cool to these coveted off-roaders.

DEI’s 5-piece, custom-cut, peel-and-stick kit dresses up the interior of LJ hardtops while minimizing outside noise. The pieces are made of high-quality, marine-grade acoustical foam that resists mold and mildew while insulating from outside heat and cold.

“Give your Jeep’s hardtop a finished look with our new LJ Sound Deadening/Insulating Headliner Kit,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “With different colors and textures available, there’s a kit to match any interior.”

CNC machined for a perfect fitment, the pieces are available in two finishes – Original and Leather Look. The Original finish option is offered in Black (#50601), Gray (#50603) and White (#50602) , while Leather Look kits are available in Gray (#50605) and Black (#50604).

All kits feature matching window trim pieces for total interior coverage, and simple peel-and-stick application for a quick, hassle-free installation.

For more information about the LJ Sound Deadening/Insulating Headliner Kits and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit

DEI Sponsorship Program Now Accepting Applications

AVON LAKE, OH (02.24.22) – Be part of a proven winning lineup by applying to the Design Engineering Inc. 2022 Sponsorship Program.

Offering heat and sound control products and support to all corners of the automotive aftermarket, the sponsorship program is looking to partner with quality builders, race teams and exciting vehicles.

“You use the best heat and sound control products in your build or race car, and we let the world know about it,” said Will Farkas, Sponsorship Coordinator for DEI. “Team DEI isn’t just a sponsorship—it is an elite group of the best of the best.”

DEI-sponsored racers and projects over the years have included Street Machine and Hot Rod of the Year honorees, Barrett-Jackson Cup winners, national and international driver and rider champions, and world-renowned builders.

A Team DEI Sponsorship includes:

  • The highest-quality products for improved performance
  • High-profile coverage through DEI’s social media & marketing outlets
  • Elite partnership opportunities, with full product & technical support

In return, sponsored partners will be expected to showcase the performance and quality of DEI products including through a profile on, help increase brand awareness and loyalty, and provide high-quality content for the company’s marketing initiatives.

To get started, simply head to the Sponsorship page on the DEI site at Click on “Fill out an application,” follow the steps and send it in.

Design Engineering Intros Miata Door Vibration Kit

AVON LAKE, OH (02.24.22) – Close the door on annoying rattles, squeaks and vibrations in your Mazda Miata with the new Door Vibration Damping Kit (#50296) from Design Engineering, Inc.

Suitable for use on all Miata years and models, the door-specific kits include four 6″x12″ pre-cut Boom Mat® material pieces and two 2″x24″ tape strips for complete coverage.

“This Door Kit reduces noise and vibrations from the metal body, and keeps interiors quiet, with improved interior acoustics,” stated Mike Buca of DEI.

Boom Mat easily forms to bends and curves, and is thin and pliable enough to fit into tight spaces. An easy-to-peel self-adhesive backing makes the attractive black material simple to install.

The new Door Kit joins two other offerings for total Miata coverage. DEI’s 1990-2005 Miata Vibration Damping Kit (#50600) is a nine-piece complete interior solution for the Mazda’s metal floor, firewall, rear bulkhead and rear deck.

The next step is to add ultra-level comfort by installing DEI’s Mazda Miata Pre-Cut Insulation Kit (#50295) that replaces existing padding and insulation with the company’s engineered UC Lite material.

For more information about the new Miata Door Kit, related Miata products, and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit

Design Engineering Formed Sensor Covers Protect Equipment from Heat, Moisture, and Dirt

AVON LAKE, OH (12.23.2021) – Protect vulnerable sensors, plugs and wire connectors on your off-road, race or street machine with new Formed Sensor Covers from Design Engineering, Inc.

Extremely lightweight and easy to install, the covers fully encase automotive sensors, acting as a thermal barrier to prevent failures.

“Formed Sensor Covers are a great way to protect sensors, plugs and wire connectors from heat, moisture and dirt,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “They are made from an aluminized insulation that acts as a thermal barrier.”

Featuring a split-top design that makes installation a breeze, the silver covers are offered in 25mm (#10753) and 32mm (#10754) sizes to fit a variety of sensors, wire connectors and plugs. Additionally, DEI offers the 25mm and 32mm sizes sold in one kit (#10759) that can be nested together to fully cover sensors near engine manifolds, turbos and other heat sources.

The covers are constructed with an insulating inner layer and heat-reflective outer layer.

For more information about Formed Sensor Covers and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit

New Vehicle-Specific Truck Insulation Kits from DEI

AVON LAKE, OH (12.01.2021) – Design Engineering, Inc. is leading the way in vehicle-specific heat and sound control with new custom-cut damping and insulation kits for late-1960s to late-’90s General Motors pickup models.

CNC-cut for a precise fit, the kits offer superior thermal insulating properties, thanks to a blend of high-tech composite materials. Install the damping kit first to reduce noise and vibration, then finish with the insulation kit for total in-cabin comfort.

“Using a combination of our proven Boom Mat Under Carpet Lite and 2mm damping material, we offer an effective and affordable solution to unwanted heat and noise in easy-to-install, pre-cut, vehicle-specific kits,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “Each kit includes the correct material to cover specific interior areas including floors, firewalls, headliners, trunks and more.”

Packaged using the right amount of material to control vibrations and eliminate undesirable sounds such as tire, road and engine noise, the kits also block heat from the engine bay and hot exhausts.

The economical insulation solutions are lightweight for performance applications, with vehicle-specific kits available for:

1967-’72 Chevrolet/GMC Regular-Cab Pickups
(#50025 Interior Kit#50024 Interior Damping Kit)
1973-’87 Chevrolet/GMC Regular-Cab Pickups
(#50026 Interior Kit#50027 Interior Damping Kit)
1988-’98 Chevrolet/GMC Extended-Cab Pickups
(#50023 Interior Kit#50022 Damping Kit

For more information about Vehicle-Specific GM Truck Insulation Kits and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit

DEI Releases 2022 Full Line Catalog

AVON LAKE, OH (11.10.2021) – Design Engineering Inc. has introduced its new 2022 Full Line Catalog, containing complete information on its entire line of innovative heat and sound control solutions for any automotive project. Request your digital or print copy today.

From vehicle-specific to universal application solutions, powersports kits to exhaust wraps and heat protective sleevings, DEI thermal and noise control products are the choice for professional builders and DIY mechanics looking to keep their rides cool and comfortable.

“Technology has allowed us to create the most innovative, high-quality solutions to heat and sound control problems, and we’re excited to share all of the updates in our new 2022 Full Line Catalog,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “3D scanning and CNC machining mean the fit and finish of DEI components are second to none, and we invite builders to explore all that we can provide.”

The 60-page catalog features nearly 30 new products and more than 80 new part numbers for race and street performance. Featured products include vehicle-specific insulation kits, high quality heat reflective tapes and sprays, headliner insulator, engine and interior heat barriers, sensor covers, and a growing collection of motorcycle and powersports components and side-by-side heat barrier kits.

These new products join DEI’s long list of proven heat and sound control solutions, including its popular exhaust wraps, turbo heat shields, plug boot and wire protectors, extreme heat barriers and wide range of interior components, plus information on the company’s tools and accessories, safety products, and even marketing materials for retailers.

“For over 25 years now, Design Engineering has been known for producing exceptional-quality heat and sound control products,” Buca says. “Request our new catalog and see all of the ways we can work together on your next project.”

DEI’s 2022 Full Line Catalog can be downloaded from the company’s website at

For a printed copy, call (800) 264-9472 or email

New Double-Sided Adhesive Transfer Tape from Design Engineering

AVON LAKE, OH (10.20.2021) – Bring your heat and sound barrier projects together with Adhesive Transfer Tape from Design Engineering, Inc.

DEI’s Adhesive Transfer Tape is a very aggressive, pressure-sensitive, double-sided tape designed to bond substrates while maintaining a high-tack level. Use it to attach heat and sound barrier materials without the need for a spray adhesive.

“Adhesive Transfer Tape is a clean option for installing materials without the mess,” says Mike Buca, Product Manager at DEI. “Accurate placement of the adhesive allows for a clean, professional install.”

Available in single (#50205)- or dual-roll packs (#50207), the tape measures 3″ wide and comes in 32-foot lengths. Providing a high-strength, long-term bond, it can be used for scrim reinforcement, as it resists water, condensation, and aging. It is temperature-resistant from -22 to 248 degrees F.

DEI’s Adhesive Transfer Tape creates a quick and reliable seal for use in many other industries requiring the need for bonding, holding, and joining materials together. The tape can be applied to irregular surfaces.

For more information about Adhesive Transfer Tape and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit