1988 1500 Rubber engine dust cover?


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1988 1500 Rubber engine dust cover?

Postby NebraskaHick » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:01 am



I think the parts manual calls it a "membrane"; the rubber "shield" that covers the engine. Some have called it a dust cover, others a heat shield. When looking for collapsed vacuum lines (after pulling the carbs) I tried to move the cover around. It is old and oil-soaked. It literally shredded, so I just pulled it on out. To replace it (IF it can be found) would require removing other items to feed it down over them, or slit the cover to go around them.

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What is the purpose of this cover?
Can it be left off?
Is there a replacement available?



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Re: 1988 1500 Rubber engine dust cover?

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:33 pm

Should install a new one!
Part # 19050-MT2-010 shown as part # 1 in this parts diagram

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Re: 1988 1500 Rubber engine dust cover?

Postby NebraskaHick » Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:11 pm

Are you saying that because it was "there" in the first place, or do you know what happens if it was left out?

Don't want speculation (I can do plenty of that myself! ;) :? ); I want real experiences.

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Re: 1988 1500 Rubber engine dust cover?

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:30 pm

It reflects a lot of the engine heat away from the carbs, plug wires and some of the vacuum hoses. Honda engineers wouldn't have added it on just speculation.

Having said that, some have gone without it and didn't report any adverse, short term issues.

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Re: 1988 1500 Rubber engine dust cover?

Postby NebraskaHick » Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:40 pm

Thanks, Dusty!

There are a lot of things engineers put on and we can get by w/o easy enough. But now that I'm deep into this thing, perhaps best to replace it.


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Re: 1988 1500 Rubber engine dust cover?

Postby Big Bob » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:02 pm

Holy S#$t!! :shock: That's one very expensive piece of rubber!! I am not a mechanic but I too believe that it probably does deflect some heat and is there for a reason, but knowing you Hick, I'm sure you can find a suitable piece of rubber that would work just as well for a lot less $$$. That's crazy!

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Re: 1988 1500 Rubber engine dust cover?

Postby NebraskaHick » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:01 pm

Gee, Bob, now you have me scared to look at the price!!!

Okay, you are right!! OUCH!!!

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Re: 1988 1500 Rubber engine dust cover?

Postby Big Bob » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:10 pm

Sorry, I figured you already saw the price! I know it's a Honda product..............but good night, that's insane! :shock:

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Re: 1988 1500 Rubber engine dust cover?

Postby tandem54 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:52 pm

I'm not sure about how good in the heat, but what about cutting up a truck tire inner tube?
These prices are what makes me made about most motorcycle parts.
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Re: 1988 1500 Rubber engine dust cover?

Postby NebraskaHick » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:07 pm

Thought about an innertube, but they are made to be inside and protected. I'm afraid on an engine exposed to heat & pollutants, it will fail quickly.

Not in a big hurry, don't have the money to fix the carbs right now. Need both slides: $100 each!

I was told when I took on this project that 1500 parts are easy to get. I was not told how expensive they are!! Which makes no sense; as many of these bikes made, parts SHOULD be plentiful, therefore cheaper.

(There I go again, trying to apply common-sense libertarian ideals to the real world!) :roll:




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