What's Living Inside Your Air Box?


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What's Living Inside Your Air Box?

Postby kc8cta » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:37 pm



Took the wing to the dealer to have the brake recall preformed. While it was in there I had them replace the air cleaner on my 2004. It has 20,xxx miles on it. I was suprised to find out that there had been a mouse living inside my airbox. Dealer told me that there was places on the air filter that was chewed all the way down to the wire mesh. I am hoping that this was from the previous owner but it is hard to believe as I have owned the bike for 2 /12 years and 12,xxx miles on it.
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Re: What's Living Inside Your Air Box?

Postby cbx4evr » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:21 pm

I had a mouse build a nest in the blower fan on my car years ago. Always parked in the same place at work. Made quite the mess the first time I turned the fan motor on and all the tissue and crap starting coming out of the vents.
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Re: What's Living Inside Your Air Box?

Postby Red Ron » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:39 pm

That's why a lot of us take the wire mesh off of the filter (there are two layers of it) and one layer over each of the air intakes that lead to the filter. use plastic zip ties to fasten them snugly over the ends. This prevents the little pests from getting in.

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Re: What's Living Inside Your Air Box?

Postby Steve F » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:54 pm

Does anyone else find this amazing? I mean, the air box on Goldwings consistantly being made into rodent homes. WHAT IS IT that attracts mice to the airbox??? You read so many posts about this problem, and that people are making screens to cover the air ducts so often, that you find articles in the "How-to" pages of many Goldwing sites.
Just boggles the mind........
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Re: What's Living Inside Your Air Box?

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:36 am

Steve F wrote:Does anyone else find this amazing? I mean, the air box on Goldwings consistantly being made into rodent homes. WHAT IS IT that attracts mice to the airbox??? You read so many posts about this problem, and that people are making screens to cover the air ducts so often, that you find articles in the "How-to" pages of many Goldwing sites.
Just boggles the mind........


It's not just Goldwings. Happens to cars all the time as well. It's just a nice little home for them to live in, comfy and sheltered.

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Re: What's Living Inside Your Air Box?

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:17 am

I had a bat make it's way down the furnace chimney of my house. It ended up dieing and it's corpse cemented itself to the squirrel cage of my venter fan. In the fall before putting the furnace back in service I couldn't get the furnace to ignite. The bat corpse was causing an the fan to be unbalanced and it would trip out. Bought a new venter fan as these things don't have the longest life span anyway considering what they do. When I removed the fan I discovered the bat and laughed. Removed the corpse and put the fan back in and it's still running today. Did go up on the roof and put some metal lathe around the chimney exit.
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Re: What's Living Inside Your Air Box?

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:27 am

I cbx4evr

This is one that happens regularly, the mouse hides in corners surprising.
I saw a solution to the problem here.
Install a fence at the entrance of the two air the box air box.

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Re: What's Living Inside Your Air Box?

Postby snackpak » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:54 pm

So far so good, No sign of the meceeis.

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Re: What's Living Inside Your Air Box?

Postby okstay » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:20 pm

Why doesn't Honda build these things with the wire mesh over the air intakes. After all, they are the ones that make changing the air filter a huge job. Seems they can design an easier way to change the air filter. But I guess it is another way for the dealer to make money on something the owner should be able to do in few minutes. Please Honda, make it easier to change that damn filter!!!!!!!!!!!




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