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Old 09-07-2004, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know the part number for this piece? Also what is it for?



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Old 09-07-2004, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like the Alternator cooling vent duct.

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Old 09-07-2004, 02:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks...called the dealer and they have one in stock.
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Old 09-07-2004, 03:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Without this, the alternator will suck in HOT air, overheat, and can fail prematurely.

I sugest you try to use minimal electricity while that part is broken. (IE: if you have aftermarket subwoofers, turn them off till that part is fixed)

Not to alarm you, you should be fine for a few weeks before any real damage is done, unless you are in a hot climate and burn lots of gas.
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Old 09-07-2004, 07:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Actually, I found out there were holes in it (on the underside of the duct) by accident. So not sure how long its been like this. The hole is about the size of a quarter. I am assuming some air must been making it through.

I did picked up the part at the dealer today and will put it in tomorrow. Hopefully, its not too late. And I do have a aftermarket sub .

Should I be worry about it since I don't know how long I've been riding like this?
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Thanks...called the dealer and they have one in stock.
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