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Old 11-10-2012, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Warning for those attempting AI removal

Removed my AI with a NB kit today. Easy as pie, however, please be very careful how you remove the hoses from the fittings on the top of the head.

If you look at them closely, you'll see that little steel wool-like mesh that is under the hose clamp. When I removed my hoses by loosening the clamp and yanking up on the hose, that steel woolish stuff started falling apart and a few little pieces of it went down the left over tube on the fitting. I didn't notice this until looking down into the hole to be plugged by the blanking plug supplied in the kit and seeing a not insignificant amount of 1-2mm long pieces of that steel wool stuff (I'm sure some went into my cylinder, but what can I do about that?)

Anyway, i had to use a q-tip doped with WD40 to remove them and then a paint brush to remove the cotton fibers left by the q-tips.

I dunno how to avoid this during removal of the AI so if anyone who has also experienced this could chime in that would be helpful for everyone.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If the metal comprising the mesh wool is ferrous, maybe a strong magnet held near during clamp removal would collect and contain them?

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It won't go into the cylinder. The AI air port is located past the exhaust valve so any debris will get blown out of the exhaust in no time.
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