Thanks for all the ideas guys. I really appreciate the input.
I looked at wrapping the starter and don't think it will work.
I have also been checking out different heat shields to see how well that would work.
I think I may go with the "remote" solenoid idea....especially since I have a barnd new one wasting away on that cougar I can't seem to sell.
I'll probably try a couple of different things before settling on one fix.
I'll make sure to post here again and let everyone know what worked.