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I don't know when this happened. Because of reflections on the chrome you could stand right by it and not see it unless you happen to be reaching in to check pipes are still screwed on tight. The faux chrome has actually melted along the entire lower back side of the cylinder cover; resembling ravines on the side of a cliff. It's a warranty fix; dealer has already ordered and received the new right-side rear cylinder cover so I'm not out any $$, for which I'm grateful, but jeesh ... what crap ...
 

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I don't know when this happened. Because of reflections on the chrome you could stand right by it and not see it unless you happen to be reaching in to check pipes are still screwed on tight. The faux chrome has actually melted along the entire lower back side of the cylinder cover; resembling ravines on the side of a cliff. It's a warranty fix; dealer has already ordered and received the new right-side rear cylinder cover so I'm not out any $$, for which I'm grateful, but jeesh ... what crap ...
That looks pretty weird. Did the dealer check to see if that exhaust gasket is leaking and putting heat to the cover. By looking at the area of damage in the photo that might be whats happening and might indeed damage the new cover if exhaust issue isn't repaired. Dave
 

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are you running stock pipes?
 

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I think you better check those Cobra pipes for a leak. Never heard of a VTX doing that and they are the same at the rear. You have a good dealer to warr. that as it doesn't appear to be a factory defect.
 

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looks like exhaust gasket to me.you may want to take a long cigaret lighter and check it.
 

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Even if it was caused by an exhaust leak, that plastic is still crap. That will always be my one major complaint with Honda.
 

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I haven't got the estimates back yet since it is a future mod but I had inquired chroming the heads and block and machining / or powdercoating the fins to either match or in black. If they don't get nuts it would fix this and probably look friggin sick.

Has anyone tried that kit on direct line parts that looks like a full chrome engine dressing kit?
 

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yeah, as almost all of you suggested, an exhaust leak seemed the likely culprit and was my first thought also. However, the bolts were all snug, and I could observe no flame-sucking towards the gaskets when I tried the lighter test. Although I only had a bic at hand and would like to try it with a fireplace starting rod or something to get in close and give it a more thorough check. I'll do that, plus if necessary have a dealer check it out before I put the new cover on. Still kinda of a mystery to me, frankly.

I'll keep ya'll posted if/as/when I find anything out. :confused:
 

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I noticed that my cobra's have melted the chrome cover under the seat also.

I also checked for leaks and found nothing.
 

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i have cobra pipes and just checked mine.no melting so far.as precaution i am going to slide the cover back and put a peice of exhaust wrap on the inner pipe.may help.
 

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I'm more of a cup is half full type of person, in that... you wouldn't have noticed a leakage problem from your pipes without the plastic part, and you probably would have cause yourself more problems in the future if you had not noticed the melted part... Just my worthless 2 cents tho... :cool:

Oh, make sure to use a lighter when checking for the leaks guys... if there is a leak, it will blow out the flame or suck it in on the decel.
 

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Oh, make sure to use a lighter when checking for the leaks guys... if there is a leak, it will blow out the flame or suck it in on the decel.
I tried checkin' mine on the way to the pub today, but couldn't keep the lighter lit at 70 mph. So, OK, what's the trick?? Oh, I know, I know.........this sounds like another one of those engineering problems; "first, thaw the chicken". LOL

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try using a Zippo, I think they are more wind resistant... lol..
 

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I tried checkin' mine on the way to the pub today, but couldn't keep the lighter lit at 70 mph. So, OK, what's the trick?? Oh, I know, I know.........this sounds like another one of those engineering problems; "first, thaw the chicken". LOL

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Nah, first the chicken has to be hatched... hmmm, or did the chicken come first?



Park the bike... on the right side of the bike is your pipes right? Turn on your ignition, put it in neutral... then kneel next to your bike on the right side with the lighter... hold the lighter in left close to your pipes, perferably underneath them to prevent further damage to the plastic :p Reach up with right hand, turn throttle and see if it sucks in the flame or blows it out... that will be an indication that there is a leak.
 

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Anybody with stock pipes having this problem? I only have 590 miles
and I dont see any disforming or discoloring of the plastic...Of course
I havent rode since early Dec as the thick layer of ice on the roads
keep the Fury garaged...Hopefully only till mid march or early may...

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My pipes are still stock and no problems after 5K miles.

Has anyone thought that if there is enough heat there to warp the plastic that chrome metal may have blued. I would rather pay for the plastic than chormed metal.

Just my opinion. :)
 

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Park the bike... on the right side of the bike is your pipes right? Turn on your ignition, put it in neutral... then kneel next to your bike on the right side with the lighter... hold the lighter in left close to your pipes, perferably underneath them to prevent further damage to the plastic :p Reach up with right hand, turn throttle and see if it sucks in the flame or blows it out... that will be an indication that there is a leak.
Love your sense of humor, Redspawn; keep it comin'.

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I tried checkin' mine on the way to the pub today, but couldn't keep the lighter lit at 70 mph. So, OK, what's the trick?? Oh, I know, I know.........this sounds like another one of those engineering problems; "first, thaw the chicken". LOL

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lmao,still lmao. ok sitting up now.if you put cobras on and didnt use the new gaskets this will happen.
 

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They are made of a soft metal made to form to the end of the head pipe when you install the head pipe, so it is posible you could get an exhaust leak if it doesn't form correct to the head pipe.

I put new ones on, but had to take the front head pipe back off for baffle removal, didn't replace the gasket and had no leaks or issues. Kind of just depends.

I would recommend putting in new gaskets everytime the pipe is either installed new or removed.
 
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