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Air Box Screen
« on: December 18, 2020, 11:35:04 pm »
Since I have the air box off to do a valve clearance check and throttle body balance, I added a screen to the air box input to help prevent mice from building a nest this winter in the air box.

With my ST1100, every spring I would remove the air cleaner housing and check to see if a mouse nest was in there.  It was only about a 15 minute job on the ST.  Since it's a lot bigger job on the TTSE, I thought I would add the screen.  If a mouse built a nest inside the air box, I think it could pretty well clog the air filter after the bike is started in the spring.

I also keep a tray of moth balls under each bike when in storage.

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Re: Air Box Screen
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2021, 12:54:09 pm »
Okay, I know this is somewhat old, but I have to ask...

Do you regularly find mice nests in the air cleaner housings of your bikes...?  Maybe hire a feral cat or two.

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Re: Air Box Screen
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2021, 03:05:09 pm »
I think that size mesh would only stop rats ... Nice can squeeze through a hole the same dia as a pencil.....
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Re: Air Box Screen
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2021, 12:17:10 pm »
I bought a used Sprint GT, and it wouldn't start and run cleanly. I made a mistake and filled up with regular gas. Next start when the bike cooled off, it backfired and blew mice nest crap out the air intake. lol

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Re: Air Box Screen
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2021, 01:53:58 pm »
I had a problem with a nest inside a muffler.  When I started the bike up in the spring, all types of stuff came out of the muffler.   Now I cover the muffler outlets with tin foil when I winterize my bikes.
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Re: Air Box Screen
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2021, 07:30:04 pm »
If a mouse can get it's whiskers in, it can also get in.
I've heard of mice and rats eating wiring looms, which will do the bike/car no good at all.

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Re: Air Box Screen
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2021, 07:33:16 pm »
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I've heard of mice and rats eating wiring looms,

Lazy gits, have they not heard of Deliveroo ?

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Re: Air Box Screen
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2021, 08:27:46 pm »
Hahaha. Damn rodent mice! If it is true that the cables are eaten.

In some bars with security alarm systems, I had encountered system failures because mice ate the cables.

Once I was checking the alarm system in a bar and while I was checking the cables, I realized that a very fat rat was looking at me, I got scared and left there by legs. Hahaha.
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