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11-11-2019 12:15 PM
chicago having experienced similar problems in past I use mouse traps + peanut butter. protect your vehicles and reduce the population. win win.

they are also a good indicator that there are mice about.
11-11-2019 02:26 AM
divebobber It seems that the application of a thick coating of 3M polyurethane sealant followed by a thick wrap of high quality electrical tape has done an adequate job. The bike is running fine.
11-10-2019 09:01 PM
KevinTee on the Madura many of us have changed plug wires.
11-09-2019 02:53 AM
Originally Posted by Charlie1982 View Post
You could also try putting one or two dryer sheets in your under-seat tray, if you want a preventive measure there. Iíve heard that mice donít like the smell of those.
I'll try it. Thanks.
11-08-2019 05:55 PM
Charlie1982 You could also try putting one or two dryer sheets in your under-seat tray, if you want a preventive measure there. Iíve heard that mice donít like the smell of those.
11-07-2019 03:47 AM
divebobber Hey thanks for the great replies everyone! Great advice!
11-07-2019 03:45 AM
Originally Posted by Yarz1 View Post
Are you the original owner of the bike? When was the last time you had the tank off? In your photo, just south of the sparkplug wire, there is a blue spot. That looks like a rub mark, and not from a critter. Any chance something is rubbing on your wires, resulting in that condition?

The DIY silicone fix is a good idea. There is actually silicone hose at AutoZone that looks like heater hose which you could slit and slide over as a guard. I did the silicone repair once to a VW Golf that I owned. It ran great except when it rained, at which time it would simply die. One night (do it in the dark because it helps to see the sparks) with no rain, I ran the engine and then took a spray bottle of water to it. You only need a slight mist. My coil covering looked like it had been shattered based on all of the wayward electrical sparking, yet you couldn't see anything in the daylight. A slathering coat of silicone helped, but I eventually replaced the coil.
I just bought it a couple of months ago, so the critters were probably not from my yard. Never had this problem with any other vehicle including my Wee. First time having the tank off, and I don't think anything is rubbing on it. If you look closely, you can see that it's definitely little bite marks on the wiring.
11-07-2019 03:42 AM
Originally Posted by RLBranson View Post
While you are waiting for the part to come in you can cover the exposed wire with a thick layer of silicone adhesive for insulation. also cover the exposed wires in the wire harness.


I coated the wire with a thick coating of 3M polyurethane caulking which is very tough and sticky. After it had hardened enough, I wrapped it with multiple wraps of really high quality electrical tape, then buttoned it up. It runs fine, so i'm just going to leave it at that for now. No more backfiring so the partially displaced boot was the problem there. I did try tugging on the wire coming out of the coil and it's a no-go. So I assume it's replaceable as a unit. It's about 65 bucks.
11-06-2019 09:17 PM
kdombeck You didn't say which model/year your bike was but there are some used parts on the forum here.
11-06-2019 06:17 PM
fearandcommonsense On my 03 the wires will unscrew from the coil as bwringer described but I'm not sure about the boot end. If you have mouse trouble, you might want to put some 1/4 inch hail screen over your air intake to keep them out. I've had my air box filled with acorns in the past.
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