Those dirty stinking RATS!!!!

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Those dirty stinking RATS!!!!

Postby ballisticexchris » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:54 pm

At first I thought I had a bad batch of fuel. I did all the normal maintenance stuff: fresh gas, plugs, clean air filter, new battery (old one was 5 years old and only holding 12.6 volts).

The bike still ran like crap. Sputtering, missing, stalling, erratic idle. I did a 140 mile ride hoping I could "clear out" the gas. I got home and tore my baby down. Here is what I found:


The bottom vacuum line was the main culprit. It's amazing that a leaking vacuum line going from the throttle body to a small electrical connector can make a bike get less than 30 MPG and run so crappy.

I was lucky. My bike still ran. Some of the other guys at work had RAT CHEW damage to radiator hoses and wiring harnesses. One guy with a really nice Ford Lightning could not even start his truck. The rat chewed through the harness going to his fuel injection system!
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Re: Those dirty stinking RATS!!!!

Postby Honinjsuz » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:48 pm

Wow! We had rats in the barn and sheds that did that sort of damage when I was a kid. Where, and over how long a time did this damage occur? And what are you doing to kill the rats? If you dont kill 'em and keep them out, it will happen again- and again----.
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Re: Those dirty stinking RATS!!!!

Postby ballisticexchris » Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:04 am

It happened over a 12 hour shift. They have set rat traps. It's only one spot in the terminal they are attacking. We all now park in a different spot.
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Re: Those dirty stinking RATS!!!!

Postby BRP » Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:33 am

I had a R6 come into the shop with no spark.
The dealer codes came up with a bad relay pack .
After some test to that, I determined that was not the problem.
Further inspection showed low voltage getting the coils.
I had to just about remove the wire harness before I found where there was
rodent chew, cutting 90% of the strands on 1 wire.
Spliced it and everything came back to life.
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Re: Those dirty stinking RATS!!!!

Postby ZiggyManSaad » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:51 am

Damn. That sucks. That happened over a 12 hour period? That's pretty fast.

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