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Old 10-05-2012, 08:22 AM   #16
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They do seem to prefer the flat filters!

I'm wondering why?

Given all of the other nesting...opportunities available in my garage, what is so appealing about the filter of a cold hunk of metal sitting motionless over the winter?

One year, there was an affinity for the bell housing of my F-150; two clutches in as many months!

Not quite as cute as Beverly Cleary portrayed them.

Thus far, the 1/4" has repelled them; also effective against flying squirrels invading the attic!
Probably because most of the round filter bikes have a grating on the air intake from the factory, except the last year which doesn't.
I had a 79 R65 that had the round filter and no grating. I bought it from a guy who had it stored under a tarp on his porch for more than 10 years. There was a whole city of mice living under the starter cover on that one.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:01 AM   #17
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And just how do those little bastiges know how to find the air boxes anyway?
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:09 AM   #18
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I remember starting up an old honda with aftermarket pipes and seeing the dogs food pellets spraying out the back. The air box was full. Busy little bastards. Cat fixed problem.

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:29 AM   #19
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Thanks guys! Great response!

As with a lot of solutions, new problems can surface, and so it is with cats. They spray. That stuff really does a number on aluminum!

So I don't know what is worse, trashed airbox and wiring or corroded aluminum. Got a solution for cat spray?

I was thinking of drilling a bunch of little holes in the air snorkles and weaving some stainless safety wire to make a net. But 1/4" mesh might be a quicker and easier solution.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:23 AM   #20
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Get a cat converter.
Lol, or a cat-back exhaust...
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:31 AM   #21
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So I don't know what is worse, trashed airbox and wiring or corroded aluminum. Got a solution for cat spray?
If it's not your old tom, then here's the go-forward solution!



Doesn't help with the existing spray, but there won't be any more after that!
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:02 AM   #22
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^^^ A Cooey.... "Made in Canada" Pre-Winchester???

I should keep mine out, bloody cat sprayed the cover of my snowblower within a few hours of me putting it on last spring. Still stinks and will for a while longer yet.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:11 AM   #23
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Snowblower!?

We won't be talking about that just yet; I've barely had time to ride!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:18 AM   #24
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Snowblower!?

We won't be talking about that just yet; I've barely had time to ride!!
I see the beginning of the end for riding season.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manito...-manitoba.html

Admittedly it's Manitoba but still... And in relation to the original problem, now the mice come into the houses to escape the ravages of winter! I need to stop feeding my cat for a while... And he's fixed so no need to resort to Mr. Cooey any time soon!

Back to trying to at least appear productive on a Friday afternoon....
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:23 PM   #25
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Snowblower!?

We won't be talking about that just yet; I've barely had time to ride!!
OK should have said bike cover ,but that one was years ago and stunk for years after.

Better go check the shop, been away for a month. I hope the mice did not move into the tool chests, they did that before and also into the cabin filters on my car. I warned the German neighbor about that last as he parks his car outside, he did not listen....that costed him $500.00 for a complete cleanup and overhaul of his heater system and a few weeks of freezing in his car.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:15 PM   #26
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This was in my R90S.Rat bastards!
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:37 PM   #27
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One thing and it's most likely not that much of an issue (like highly doubtful)
But check to see if there's an outbreak of hantavirus in your area.

It's airborne and we get it when mouse droppings are disturbed.

I'm not a fan of mice. I had one once run into me as I'm sitting on the ground outside working my bike.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:43 PM   #28
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That Hanta Virus is some NASTY shit.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:24 PM   #29
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I didn't have any visitors in my airbox, but the top frame tube of the 75/5 was stuffed full of acorns, JB
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:34 PM   #30
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I just moved my Pantah mufflers which have been under cover outside for a while and three scorpions fell out and scurried in various directions. I just about shat myself.
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