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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-24-2016, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Rubber strip on top of radiator???

I was checking the front tire pressure this evening on my '15 V650 & glanced up at the radiator to see if there was any damage to the cooling fins. I noticed what looked like a gasket laying on top of the radiator as wide as the radiator depth and about as long as its width. The material is similar in thickness & flexibility to an inner tube w/ cutouts for the radiator cap, fan shroud, etc. & was placed prior to the radiator installation because the top mount goes through it. It just lays on top of the radiator like it was used to protect it & doesn't actually fit other than the cap neck & shroud. Any thoughts as to what it is or its purpose???

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It's a shroud. It helps control the direction and seperation of the hot air from the radiator and cool air to the intake.
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So it's supposed to fill the gap? Mine evidently has fallen down as it just lays on top of the radiator. What holds it in position?

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Yes that is right. It sits on top of the radiator and valve cover. If I recall it is held on with two bolts on the valve cover and a clamp on the frame or radiator. I can't recall exactly, I don't have it near me to verify. Above the rubber is the snorkles for the air box, it is meant to keep the hot air away.
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Thanks. I took a flash light and looked around some more and it makes sense. The left-side (looking back at the radiator) had blown up a bit & things looked pretty weird. Again, thanks!

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Yes that is right. It sits on top of the radiator and valve cover. If I recall it is held on with two bolts on the valve cover and a clamp on the frame or radiator. I can't recall exactly, I don't have it near me to verify. Above the rubber is the snorkles for the air box, it is meant to keep the hot air away.
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