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A way to keep debris out of intake.

Putting the LT back together it occurred to me. I changed the air filter, found a partial leaf in the filter box. I had the air intake tube off to tie up some loose wires for turn signal/ running lights. And Thinking. Can screen material be used on that intake tube with a worm clamp to keep out leaves and debris?? Would it affect cooling?? Has anyone done this? And also. My right mirror bottom spring mount keeps popping off the ball stud when I'm riding. I think shimming the ball mount with a small washer will do the trick. Anybody have a favorite solution to this mount issue?

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The air intake acts like a vacuum cleaner at speed. You're sucking in loads of air so you will be seeing leaves and other crap in there. That's something that happens in most all vehicles. Now, if you were to suck in mud or snow, then you would want to add a piece of foam to cover the paper media. Some car air filters come with a 1/4 layer of fuzzy felt material to protect against snow and ice.

My mirrors just plain don't fit right, even though they seem to snap in to place. I know a few LT riders have installed a tether to prevent them from flying off on the highway. Others have gone as far as to install a screw to prevent them from coming off at all.
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Re: A way to keep debris out of intake.

When Dave Selvig worked on my K1200LT he put some wire mesh (maybe 1/4" spacing?) over the intake, with a clamp around it. The goal was to keep mice out; they had built a nest inside the airbox, under the seat, etc.

A potential concern with screen material is the degree of loss of airflow. Others here will know better about this.

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My right mirror bottom spring mount keeps popping off the ball stud when I'm riding. I think shimming the ball mount with a small washer will do the trick. Anybody have a favorite solution to this mount issue?
I have done exactly that to make ball fit better into clip, but as others have said there is a secondary plan...mine is a steel fishing leader


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Re: A way to keep debris out of intake.

What's up Howard?? My friend who has a 2010 Goldwing was riding with his wife. He saw a bird fly in front of him,and swoop low. He wasn't positive at the time, but was sure it hit the bike. Well. It did. It hit the air dam and the bit that didn't get torn apart went right in his airbox. After that he bought a aftermarket piece that clips in the fairing going to the intake with a design that prevents it from happening .These things do happen.

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Re: A way to keep debris out of intake.

My mirrors are screwed on. But while riding the bottom ball comes unseated & will pop up. I think shimming it will do it.

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The air intake acts like a vacuum cleaner at speed. You're sucking in loads of air so you will be seeing leaves and other crap in there. That's something that happens in most all vehicles. Now, if you were to suck in mud or snow, then you would want to add a piece of foam to cover the paper media. Some car air filters come with a 1/4 layer of fuzzy felt material to protect against snow and ice.

My mirrors just plain don't fit right, even though they seem to snap in to place. I know a few LT riders have installed a tether to prevent them from flying off on the highway. Others have gone as far as to install a screw to prevent them from coming off at all.
My mirrors never have fit great. They are a pain. I drove screws in both mirrors.
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My mirrors never have fit great. They are a pain. I drove screws in both mirrors.
I wonder if they ever fit right from the factory. Surely they did at one point. If there was damage that caused a funny fit, how would it have happened to both mirrors? A question for those of us who have mirrors that fit properly.

I found out they detach about 2000 miles in to a trip when I was filling up and knocked the mirror right on to the ground. In my average opinion, I don't feel like they need to be detachable. I am thinking about screwing them on but I'd like to fix the fitment problem at the same time.
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2000 LT with lots of miles. I spent the first few years owning it scared to touch the mirrors for fear of breaking them. The original ones finally broke and I bought the cheap ones on Ebay and had a friend paint them. They have been on for five years with two screws. They don't fit all that well, but a little velcro solves that-and the vibrations are not too bad. When I did leave it with the shop, I left a note telling them that the mirrors were screwed on, and not to try and pry them off!

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Re: A way to keep debris out of intake.

My mirrors have always fit just right since new so I suppose my dealer set them up correctly and the bike came with a set of small washers to adjust the ball pins if necessary. Lubrication is the key to keeping them on. It may seem counter intuitive but the grease lets the bail wire slide further down the back side of the ball for a more secure fit. You must maintain a small gap with the body work for them to work properly.

I found bird seed in the intake of one bike I worked on and a small amount that last time I went in on mine so I fashioned bit of hardware cloth into a press fit screen to keep rodents out.
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Hardware cloth??

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Hardware cloth??
I believe that it is sometimes called "rat wire".
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Hardware cloth??
Yes hardware cloth
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Re: A way to keep debris out of intake.

Oh Ok. They don't call it that here. It's usually referred to as garden or deer wire to keep deer and animals out if the garden. Or something of that nature. Yea. I know what that is.

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