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PostSubject: A sponge? That's not standard equipment!   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 13:34

I had nearly forgotten the joys of buying a used vehicle and discovering the crazy crap that people do.

I was looking for my oil filter under the bike, and I found a sponge wedged between the filter and some hoses that come to a junction there.

I pulled it out and inspected it, and the sponge was not full of any fluid, so I don't think it was there to mask any leaking problems. The bottom of the engine had a bit of oil and crud on it, but it did not seem excessive.

I suspect it was put there to dampen vibration noises. I personally would have used something like a bit of foam rubber and some zip ties, but this was... innovative, I guess.

Can anyone else think of a reason why the previous owner would have put a sponge there?

By the way, the previous owner was the kind of guy who would put a "Fox Motorsports" sticker on the muffler cover to hide some scratches from when the bike was laid down, rather than buy a new $80 cover, or just sand/paint it.


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PostSubject: Re: A sponge? That's not standard equipment!   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 13:57

rolling laughter

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PostSubject: Re: A sponge? That's not standard equipment!   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 14:09

Keeps the pipe away from the filter, just using something that was to hand.

If nothing else you now have a free bath sponge, or use it for what the Romans did with sponges (on a stick).

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PostSubject: Re: A sponge? That's not standard equipment!   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 15:59

Oh, yuk!
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PostSubject: Re: A sponge? That's not standard equipment!   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 19:30

Is the water hose OEM or homemade repair---sponge is good as anything if there is rubbing-----the rubbing I am sure is not in the standard honda design. I know used sometimes has to be brought back to normal.
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PostSubject: Re: A sponge? That's not standard equipment!   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 19:37

They look like OEM hoses. I'll take a closer look later and secure the hoses with a less ghetto method.
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PostSubject: Re: A sponge? That's not standard equipment!   Thu 18 Apr 2013, 04:40

It looks like a washing up sponge so you can put it to good use when you find an alternative solution. Personally, if there is contact between the pipe and the filter a short length of water pipe insulation should do the job. (In the UK the foam pipe lagging is grey - don't know if it is the same across the pond).

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PostSubject: Re: A sponge? That's not standard equipment!   Thu 18 Apr 2013, 11:14

Yeah, that stuff is readily available in various diameters for cheap at the local hardware store, and it is dark grey. That's not a bad idea. I used that stuff on my Polaris RZR to cover a bar I kept banging my elbow on.

I'll start with just seeing if I can just use a cable tie to keep that hose out of the way, and if that doesn't work I'll think about the foam.

Why is it a problem for the hose to be touching the filter?
The only things I can think of is either vibration noise, or one of the clamps scratching a hole in the filter.
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PostSubject: Re: A sponge? That's not standard equipment!   Thu 18 Apr 2013, 12:52

I think if you loosen that top hose clip you will be able to twist the pipe away from the filter.
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PostSubject: Re: A sponge? That's not standard equipment!   Thu 18 Apr 2013, 13:05

That's worth a try. Maybe I'll give it a go this afternoon.
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