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post #1 of 7 Old May 7th, 2010, 1:42 am Thread Starter
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Radio VS. Mice

I posted in an another thread that I had found a mouse nest in the upper left fairing. Today while taking the xm radio off the bike I notice that the three upper connectors for the radio had the hell chewed out of them. Three wires on one connector, one on the middle, and two on the outside one. There was two wires laying naked to each other. I used a small screwdriver and separated them all and retaped them. Them wrapped each bundle well with tape. My left side speakers had quit working, so I'm hoping that with this repair...maybe I'll get them back. I just figured that the crappy radio's left bank went out, which still may be the case. I guess I'll find out when I get everything done on this 24k maintenance. This is my first time this far into the bike, so I'm going real slow trying not to screw anything up.

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post #2 of 7 Old May 7th, 2010, 9:59 am
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Re: Radio VS. Mice

The mice will probably be back. I've had good results with moth balls in the Cycle-shell when I stow her away for the winter. YMMV depending on where you store the bike.

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Re: Radio VS. Mice

+1 on mothballs.

Awfull smell, but I've used them to keep mice and squirrels away. It least, I'd like to believe that this was what helped so far.

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Mothballs have crossed my mind. Thanks guys. I also have some varmint spray for some bushes that I may spray on there also.
Now to hijack my own thread... Is there some kind of trick getting those 3 connectors back together? I'm having a heck of a time with the inside one. I pushed hard enough on it that it popped out of the mount. So then I put a small long nosed vice grip on the back of the forward part of the connector, and still no success. Sprayed it down with some PB 20 (I think its called) nada. Those pins are so small I'm afraid of bullying too much. I was an aviation electrician in the navy and came across some doosies, but nothing like this. I'm in here now asking this question because I had to get away from it for a while as part of my anger management.

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You gotta try deer whistles for the mice......and be sure to take pictures and let us know how it works.

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Re: Radio VS. Mice

I'm surprised mice chewed wires on a 2002 bike.
Around here, the mice only chew on new wires. After a few years they loose that edible smell I guess.
I had mice chew on the alarm bike disabler wires when my KLT was new. Intermittent non-starter until the problem was found.
I park my 1978 Datsun 280Z in an old sugarhouse during winters, mice have nested in the heater box a few times. Turn on the defroster and mouse nesting stuff and mouse turds end up all over the dash. I had to disassemble the heater system to get out dead mice. Yeah, smells BAD.

Yeah, mothballs work for a time. I put moth balls in old socks under the hood of the Datsun one year..... mice made nesting material outa the socks. That didn't work so good.

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Mothballs have crossed my mind. Thanks guys. I also have some varmint spray for some bushes that I may spray on there also.
Now to hijack my own thread... Is there some kind of trick getting those 3 connectors back together? I'm having a heck of a time with the inside one. I pushed hard enough on it that it popped out of the mount. So then I put a small long nosed vice grip on the back of the forward part of the connector, and still no success. Sprayed it down with some PB 20 (I think its called) nada. Those pins are so small I'm afraid of bullying too much. I was an aviation electrician in the navy and came across some doosies, but nothing like this. I'm in here now asking this question because I had to get away from it for a while as part of my anger management.
Check your pin alignment. IIRC I had the same problem. Finally figured out one pin was off far enough to prevent copulation. HTH
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