Fan Switch


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Fan Switch

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I read somewhere but not on this forum about if you fit a manual switch on the cooling fan(s), it forces more warm air out of the heater vents onto you legs to keep you a bit warmer in cold weather.
Has anyone tried this yet? I do not have any problems with overheating, this is just a leg warmer.

I also did consider fitting computer fans behind the vents to draw up warm air from the heater system, anyone else thought of this.

The temperature of the air coming out of the vents on your legs is so minimal it's not worth having, is this normal or do I have a problem

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The minute amount of warm air coming out the vents is more novelty than anything else. The SE's with the knob and exhaust heated air might actually work though? On cool/cold days the engine just doesn't get hot enough to transfer much heated air through the radiators. Thermostat opens for a blip and is closed again.
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Anybody ever tried to put the exhaust shields from a SE on an Aspencade or Interstate? I am wondering if they will fit. It would be really nice to have a little more heat at the toes in the cold times. My shields are really rusted and need changing so maybe I'll try it.
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Thinking about it, when I had all the bodywork off I noticed an orange heatproof rubber tube on a gizmo attached to the L/H exhaust manifold that looked like it was used to send hot air somewhere, then another pipe a on the end of that, that dissapeared up onto a maze of pipes, didn't see where it went, I asume it goes to the fairing heater vents, can't find any reference to it on drawings or in the manual.

Any input welcome
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agedbikeman wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:59 am
Thinking about it, when I had all the bodywork off I noticed an orange heatproof rubber tube on a gizmo attached to the L/H exhaust manifold that looked like it was used to send hot air somewhere,
It goes to the foot warmers.

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No foot warmers on my model, no dashboard knob or foot vents

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agedbikeman wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:59 am
Thinking about it, when I had all the bodywork off I noticed an orange heatproof rubber tube on a gizmo attached to the L/H exhaust manifold that looked like it was used to send hot air somewhere, then another pipe a on the end of that, that dissapeared up onto a maze of pipes, didn't see where it went, I asume it goes to the fairing heater vents, can't find any reference to it on drawings or in the manual.Any input welcome
Alex
That is the "zip" tube that goes up to the air cleaner box inlet. Cold outside air is cut off via flap and the heated air around exhaust gets drawn into air cleaner housing which aids driveability concerns of cold carburetor intake air. i.e. Stumble, hesitation, carb icing, better combustion, quicker warm up times, etc.
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Re: Fan Switch

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That answers a lot of questions.
never known an engine where you could ditch the choke so quicklly after startup.

Pipe previously mentioned, wondered why it dissapeared upwards at an odd angle to what I thought it should have.

For a 25year old bike ,it's got such a lot of advanced features, how did they manage to build it for the price, no robots in those days and the design and innovation is way ahead of my 6year old Can Am Spyder RT with all its computerisation.
Thanks for all you input, won't bother modifying heater, I'll just get thicker socks.
Alex.



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