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There has been other threads about a little rubber spacer melting and falling off the upper heat shield.About a month ago I took mine in to my dealer and they replaced it.Now I get a call from my dealer that Honda wants my exhaust so they can study what is causing this issue and they are putting a new exhaust on my bike,has anyone else been contacted about this? Honda is fully aware that this is happening on several bikes.
 

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Thanks for the info...

Appreciate the information. I noticed this afternoon that the upper part of my rear exhaust pipe cover was loose enough to rattle against the retainer tab. The front pipe cover is snug. Haven't seen any loose parts recently.

Pending new pipes I thought I'd try to loosen the rear pipe cover band screw, remove the rear pipe cover, and then shim the retainer tab before reinstalling the cover. Finally I think I go ahead and place my order for new Cobra pipes.

Update: I ended up removing the exhaust system so I could seperate the retainer tab from the slot . I used a small piece of u-shaped rubber coated metal (from the material supplied with my vehicle bra) and wrapped it over the retainer tab before reinstalling the tab into the cover slot. With the system off the bike I was able to see a plastic/rubber cover on the retainer tab for the front pipe slot. Because the slot in the rear pipe cover is open on the downstream end, and my temporary gasket doesn't have a lip to allow the pipe cover to hold it in place on the retainer tab, my homemade tab cover will eventually slide off the retainer tab and drop free - just like the original. For now however, my rear pipe cover won't be making any more noise. Sorry no pictures.
 

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yep, mine come loose (off?) soon after i got it in June. they took a look at it but didn't have parts. i'm not really concerned because it doesn't rattle or anything.
 

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Appreciate the information. I noticed this afternoon that the upper part of my rear exhaust pipe cover was loose enough to rattle against the retainer tab. The front pipe cover is snug. Haven't seen any loose parts recently.

Pending new pipes I thought I'd try to loosen the rear pipe cover band screw, remove the rear pipe cover, and then shim the retainer tab before reinstalling the cover. Finally I think I go ahead and place my order for new Cobra pipes.
I lucked out and found the rubber bumper on top of the case before it turned into a black pool of spooge, so I glued it back on the flange tab with some high temp silicone, where it's been since.

Keep us updated on what Honda has to say. I'm interested even though I'll be putting my Cobra's on today. :D
 

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Mine fell of too. Got hot and cracked enough to fall off in one piece where I rescued it off the engine case. All I did was loosen the heat shield clamp, pushed the shield forward with moderate force, and tightened clamp while holding the shield tight against the support. No more rattle. This was a month ago.
 

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Had the same thing and got the same call the other day. They said they'll call back again when they're ready for me to bring it in. Wonder if maybe I can swing some free gear out of the deal.

I usually wait a while to get new things. I work in software and version 1 of anything is going to have a few kinks to work out. But come on, look at this thing. How could I have waited?
 

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yeah i just had my shield replaced, but when the dealership tried to fix it before the piece was in they scratched up my exhaust and pushed it down on to the transmission case, so now there is a gouge on the transmission as well. girlfriend keeps telling me to go back and have them clean it up and fix it. part of me agrees but the other part says, don't let them touch it again. maybe honda will call me and i can complain to them directly about this dealer. :(
 

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yeah i just had my shield replaced, but when the dealership tried to fix it before the piece was in they scratched up my exhaust and pushed it down on to the transmission case, so now there is a gouge on the transmission as well. girlfriend keeps telling me to go back and have them clean it up and fix it. part of me agrees but the other part says, don't let them touch it again. maybe honda will call me and i can complain to them directly about this dealer. :(
I agree with your wife...COMPLAIN AND COMPLAIN NOW otherwise, Honda won't take you serious "Why didn't you complain to the dealer?" Our dealer has done small damage to my husbands Raider and they always make it good. They won't do anything if you don't bring it to their attention and if you wait too long they will ask why you didn't come back immediately and accuse you of the damage. Better speak up NOW!
 

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I just took mine in for service. The Dealer replaced mine also. Have not heard of an actual Honda recall. Please keep me posted.
 

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I agree with your wife...COMPLAIN AND COMPLAIN NOW otherwise, Honda won't take you serious "Why didn't you complain to the dealer?" Our dealer has done small damage to my husbands Raider and they always make it good. They won't do anything if you don't bring it to their attention and if you wait too long they will ask why you didn't come back immediately and accuse you of the damage. Better speak up NOW!
Hahah not the wife yet. Honestly I don't want to go back to them because they fail. Amaetures! I don't want them touching my bike again. The scratches on the chrome will buff out it's the mark on the transmission case, that you can't see without moving the exhaust, that bugs me. But parkway cycles in revere won't see my bike again.
 

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i was installing my slip-ons the other day, and noticed that the black rubber thingie was still sitting on top of the tranny,along with some melted black spooge here and there. i'll try the hi-temp silicone approach tomorrow
 

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Well Well .... I came back from a ride yesterday and low and behold there it was the mysterious little piece of freakin rubber melted all over the top of the Crnk housing. I looked and looked and could not figure out where it could have came from. Now I know .... Hopefully the exhaust is coming off when the Viper II's get here next week .... Thanks for the info ....
 

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Yeah mine melted too. All I did was loosen the heat shield and push it solid against the locking ring and tighten it up. No more rattle, no more melting.....period. My only recall I got was about the misprinted RPM on one of the factory labels......supposed to be 2500 instead of the 3500 on the info sticker. I think it was an emission sticker.......leaving it the way it came, makes it special.
 

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Just had mine replaced on Wed.. I asked about a recall with a mod. They said Honda hasn't place a recall on it YET. I mentioned that it's a VERY common problem. They said they could only replace with the same bushing until Honda says different.

There has been other threads about a little rubber spacer melting and falling off the upper heat shield.About a month ago I took mine in to my dealer and they replaced it.Now I get a call from my dealer that Honda wants my exhaust so they can study what is causing this issue and they are putting a new exhaust on my bike,has anyone else been contacted about this? Honda is fully aware that this is happening on several bikes.
 

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Guys I have not called them yet but I will on Monday. I want to nip this problem in the bud BEFORE I put mine on the road. See below:
"For customer or product related questions or comments you can contact Honda Motorcycle Customer Support by telephone at 866-784-1870, Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30 PST. Please have your Vehicle Identification Number or Hull Identification Number ready when calling. Or by mail at: Honda Motorcycle Customer Support, P.O. Box 2200, Torrance, CA 90501." If enough trouble is reported maybe an official recall will occur and a washer that is heat resistant will be installed.
 

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It looked like this didn't it? Mine did the same thing yesterday on my way to the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, TX. As you can see, the rubber is chillin in there too. Took over an hour to get all the melted rubber off! :mad:
 

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just an FYI, that rubber piece part # is: 18293-mca-a20. Thank goodness I got some new pipes, now don't have to deal with it anymore... although after my dealer fixed it, the problem didn't come back....
 

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Thanks for the heads up. I just hit 4200 miles. No probs yet.
 
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