This past winter I had the unfortunate luck of a mouse getting into the intake, tearing up the air filter and wreaking havoc on the throttle body. He got in there real good as you can see from the pictures. Anyway, long story short I pulled the throttle body and bought a new one, but didn't think i'd have so much trouble getting the new one in.
With that said, it's finally in, but I notice the gaskets on the top and bottom pushed out a little bit no matter how many times I tried to get it straight. Is that going to cause any serious issues? I've put everything back together, and after that nightmare I'm not looking forward to taking it out again. I can't seem to think that air would be leaking in there in any way still. In fact, in pulling the original out, I don't recall a lower gasket even being there. I tried to oil it up to slide it in there, but looks like it still got caught up and pushed out.
If there are intake air leaks then yes; it will be an issue that will need to be resolved.
Damn mice can really do a number on bikes and cars. I have a friend who had a brand new pickup truck and field mice got into his engine compartment then had a field day with his wiring harness - twice. Expensive to fix.
Any idea how the mice got into that part of the engine?
They are crafty little buggers. I've seen them get into some pretty tight spaces, once he chewed threw the air filter, the rest of the frame was fair game.... including the throttle body. Regardless it's been replaced. Figures after the fact that i found the service manual afterward.
If i do have to pull it, it should be a lot easier this time. I didn't realize the top intake could be pushed into the frame more to create more room. i'm assuming bolting it back together pulls it back down.
Born in the deepest jungles of India, I was raised by a friendly bear, until I was kidnapped by a pack of unruly baboons who taught me the finer points of swing jazz, all the while being stalked by an incompetent python and an evil but mis-understood tiger... Ummm, wait a minute, that's the Jungle book, no I was raised just outside of St. Louis, But...in the deepest jungles of a middle class neighborhood .