Loose throttle bodies...

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Single Track Magnet, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. Single Track Magnet

    Single Track Magnet I'd hit it...

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    While changing my air filter on my '08 S model I noticed a screw and barrel type washer just hanging out in the bottom of my air box... Upon further inspection, every one of the strap/screw thingys that clamp the throttle bodies in place were loose.

    I've had this bike for a little while now maybe 1.5 years, and I'm thinking the last owner/shop to touch those forgot to tighten them up. Last time I changed the air filter I didn't notice that they were loose- but, I wasn't looking. I'm used to riding/racing/wrenching on jap dirt bikes.The throttle bodies inside the airbox kind of reminded me of the first time I was with a woman. I had no idea what was going on down there ha...

    So my question is what kind of damage might have happened? I imagine if there was a major air leak,the bike would have ran like ass. As far as I know it has ran great the whole time I've had it and the gas mileage has been comparable to most reports on here.

    I'm pretty nervous now because I have seen a dirt bike blow up that had a similar air leak between the carb/intake. So do I strip her down like I'm 14 all over again or since it ran fine maybe the filter/upper air box kept a decent seal between the throttle bodies and the intake?

    What is your opinion?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Put the clamps on and ride it. That It ran fine with em loose means the throttle bodies were solid In the boots. I wouldn't Be worried about it
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  3. Single Track Magnet

    Single Track Magnet I'd hit it...

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    Exactly what I was thinking, thank you for the reassurance!
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