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Offline RoadKillHeaven

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Rubber blanket over the engine
« on: May 22, 2020, 11:12:04 pm »
Well, I've finally gathered my courage and cracked open pandora's box.
 Coolant change, spark plug, and other minor maintenance items. Getting ready for valve inspection/adjustment.
Upon opening it all,  I discovered this rubber mat/blanket covering the entire top of the engine.
I had no choice but to cut it to gain access to the valve cover and other parts of the engine.

Question, how important this mat/blanket?

What have you done to it while working on the engine?



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Re: Rubber blanket over the engine
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 11:32:02 pm »
WOW..
CUT IT? :-\ :-\
 :-[ :truce: :truce: ::) :-X :-X :-X
when you pull the coils off the plugs, and all the harness connections, just lift it up, and tie it to the bottom of the airbox.. with some string.. and yes, it's a vital part protecting the valvecover from moisture, and crud..

this is the first time i heard, of this being an issue/confusing, since '07
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Re: Rubber blanket over the engine
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2020, 12:07:14 am »
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Re: Rubber blanket over the engine
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2020, 12:09:59 am »
It is not an issue at all.
The only benefit of said blanket, afaics, is protecting wiring harness from chafing.

Hmm...never knew engines need protection from moisture or crud... :beerchug:

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Re: Rubber blanket over the engine
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2020, 12:49:36 am »
 :great:
Fine by me.
I've pulled enough cam covers that were corroded, and had sparkplug wells filled with water, to last a lifetime. ymmv.

you asked the question..."Question, how important this mat/blanket?

What have you done to it while working on the engine? "

I answered it in a simple manner. lift it, tie it up with string, and carry on.  :great: :-X :truce:

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Re: Rubber blanket over the engine
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2020, 12:59:33 am »
Thanks MOB.
The COPs were fun to pull. Compare to Ford COPs these felt as they were glued in tight.  :beerchug:
Besides, holes cut around COPs will not stop water/moisture from getting in, afaik.
I have some 1/8 rubber mat. It is so critical to use it, I'll cover it up.

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Re: Rubber blanket over the engine
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2020, 12:29:07 pm »
Oh no, how do naked bikes survive!? I had same said rubber blanket over my 2005 ZX-10 engine and I ditched it and the bikes fairings 14 years ago. 50K  miles later and I have had no issues, actually easier to get in and clean some places. I ride it in the rain and down gravel roads, and have found rocks in interesting places.

I am sure the good engineers have a reason, I have also heard it is for heat and sound attenuation for the rider. I do feel more of the engine heat but just go faster and leave it behind me. AN interesting (to me) side note is that after 14 years I had Myler's Aluminum Radiator folks do a refurb. of my radiator. 100 bucks including shipping to have it flushed, inspected, pressure tested, ultrasonic cleaned in light acid and fins straightened. Now that thing passes air so much better it feels like a forced air heater! Running temps are significantly lower too, by a good 20-30 degrees.
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Re: Rubber blanket over the engine
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2020, 12:50:40 pm »
I am not all that familiar with C-14, I assume that's what we are talking about here.
The California C-10's had an insulating blanket on the underside of the gas tank. The
reason was to stop the engine heat from heating the gas in the tank when the bike
was stopped. Could this be doing the same thing?