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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-18-2009, 11:47 PM Thread Starter

 
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So I'm finishing a top end rebuild and find the dry ,hard air box boots just SUCK.

At $30 plus each That sucks.

Went and bought 1 1/2" pvc rubber connecters.$10.cut them in half they fit better than the stock parts.

This is a 91 Fzr600

OMG they're 10$

Just thought I'd share.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 12:07 AM
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does the rubber used for piping tolerate gasoline exposure?

just a concern, Id probably do the exact same thing if i were in your place

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For ever?
Long enough.I;m sure

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Too bad I didn't know about that trick last summer. I boiled the crap outta the boots but it was a still a pain in the ass and I had to take the carbs off like 5 times.
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I've done the boiling thing but it's so short lived they may be hard again before they're on the bike.I wonder if there's a way to keep them soft after the boil?

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I'm sure I'll get flamed for this but I boiled them in water and fabric softener. Lol. First time I boiled them by the time I went from the kitchen to the garage they were stiff again so I saw the bottle of fabric softener and thought it was worth a shot and I think it was easier. I boiled them for about an hour and them let them sit in the water for a few mins afterwards. If you take them from boiling water to room temperature air I noticed they tend to stiffen up quicker.
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It will be nice to get some more room in the garage when that cat picks up the bike.
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I'm sure I'll get flamed for this but I boiled them in water and fabric softener. Lol. First time I boiled them by the time I went from the kitchen to the garage they were stiff again so I saw the bottle of fabric softener and thought it was worth a shot and I think it was easier. I boiled them for about an hour and them let them sit in the water for a few mins afterwards. If you take them from boiling water to room temperature air I noticed they tend to stiffen up quicker.
actually you were restoring what had caused the rubber to harden in the first place-great idea you had

rubber is made from petroleum, and overtime the light oils and solvents evaporate adn harden the rubber

the waxes in the fabric softener to some extent soaked into the rubber at the elevated temp and helped to replace what had been lost and helped to soften it, it also gave you a lower friction residue on teh surface that let the parts slide on easier

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