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Badbueller
Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 02:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Should the seat contact/rub against the airbox cover? Mine touches when I sit on the seat. It seems like this would damage the airbox cover over time; especially a translucent one. Is there any adjustment?

Bike is a 2005 9sx. Iím seeing the same effect with my street fighter seat and low seat. I donít remember my first XB9 having this issue, but maybe I was just younger and didnít notice.

(Message edited by Badbueller on November 21, 2020)
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Tpehak
Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

There are no adjustments.
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1_mike
Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 08:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Up front, at your crotch...why sure it's in contact.
Would look pretty bad with any gap there. ALL bikes that I've ever seen...the back of the "tank" and seat...have intimate contact. Only some Harleys with a rounded seat front don't have "much" contact.
The Buell seat wraps around the "tank" cover, needs to be snugly against each other.

Mike
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Badbueller
Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 09:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thanks for the response Mike. Good to know that itís normal. It just seemed like the plastic squeaking/flexing sound wasnít good. I figured over time it could damage the airbox cover. Yes other bikes do have contact, but they have metal tanks so itís not as delicate as a plastic tank cover.
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Tpehak
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 11:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It damages only translucent plastic airbox cover (it will crack at mounting spots over the time). Solid color airboxes made of flexible durable plastic do not crack.
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Badbueller
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 12:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Is there anything that can be done to protect the translucent covers? Mine is hero blue and it seems like they are hard to find these days.
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Shoggin
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 02:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You could stop riding it, and leave it in the garage under a blanket.

Or spend a couple hundy and put a new one on the shelf. That should eleviate your debilitating fears of some 'possible' plastic scratches.

You gotta choose whether your motorcycles is more fun to ride, or more fun to look at. Act accordingly
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Badbueller
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 05:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Shoggin, not sure where the rudeness is coming from. I didnít say anything derogatory or provoking to anyone.

I donít see a reason why I canít ride my Buell and keep it in good condition. Iím fine with scratches, but splintering plastic is a different story. If there is something I can do to prevent the plastic from breaking I would like to. Iíd also be happy to buy another hero blue airbox cover for a couple hundred, but they arenít available. Letís keep things positive aye buddy?
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Skipbarberman
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 05:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Shoggin isn't usually like that, he's typically one of the more helpful folks on this forum. Maybe he's stuck with family for the holiday, who knows. I'm not suggesting he is being derogatory, just reading this I see how one might see it that way.

Point being, yes - you can take diligent care of it....most of us regulars here do. The translucent.....well all the plastic stuff is really pretty durable and color throughout, and shouldn't really show much wear. Little scratches in the tank/airbox cover can be prevented with a couple of healthy waxing sessions and staying on top of it. Light scratches can be removed with Novus compounds. Spares are going to be fairly difficult to come by, and NOS will be EXPENSIVE, for sure. There should be no ABNORMAL contact/rubbing/squeeking as you describe. I'd be sure the bike wasn't hit/totaled, as you are dealing with only the frame and rear sub-frame mounting points. Loosen all fasteners and try again, else, look for another underlying problem. As Mike stated, yeah...it touches...it's supposed to. But squeeking or gouging start looking for an underlying problem with a staple or foreign object in the front portion of the seat, or, something with the subframe length/mount. Thes bolts on the airbox cover are shouldered, make sure they are seated correctly.

(Message edited by skipbarberman on November 22, 2020)
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Court
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 07:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I just kept a box of spare Hero blue and translucent blue air box covers thinking Iíd use them some day.

I think they may have been pitched by the kids I hired to clean the barn but Novus 2 does great on the covers.
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Badbueller
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 08:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thanks Skip for the information. I think my street fighter seat is normal contact, but my low seat that I just bought NOS is much tighter. Maybe something is up with the seat pan.

Court, if you have any of the translucent covers let me know! Iíd like to buy one. I did use Novus on mine and it did a great job.
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Shoggin
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 09:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey buddy, I didn't mean to be mean. Just my usual smartass snark, lol. Sorry you took it like that, it was not my intention.

I'm happy you want to keep your Buell nice, I keep mine nice too.
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Badbueller
Posted on Monday, November 23, 2020 - 10:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thanks for that Shoggin. Sarcasm doesnít translate too well in text format; Ask my wife
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Meggadeath
Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 11:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Sarcasm-just another "service" I offer also! As I recall, there were little flexible "insulators" that could be installed at the mounting bolt holes to dissuade the inevitable cracking that occurs on the translucent covers. I remember painting the inner airbox cover on my 1125R reflective silver with a translucent blue cover-'twas a very unique look. With the insulators in place the cover did not crack.
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