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Do you use your Restricter plate?
I put a new air filter in yesterday and I see that my Wing has a restricter plate. I know the bike was bought new here in Michigan so I don't believe that it is a California set-up. Do you guys run these? I pulled mine out, thinking I'd rather it breathe better. Is there a problem doing this? I can't think of any myself.

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#1 06-05-2011, 06:47 AM,
Mine is an 84 aspy. California edition and it does not have that in there.

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#2 06-05-2011, 08:06 AM,
My 85 Ca. Ed. Aspy does not have one either.
I took it a couple of steps further on my 84 standard and removed the air box completely and use a foam UNI filter. Had to fab a cover for the intake plate.
#3 06-05-2011, 08:41 AM,
I bought my 85 new in Ontario and never remember seeing anything like that, I also have a California model (85), it has a K&N filter but not one of those either, bought this one used.
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#4 06-05-2011, 10:16 AM,
I don't have one in my 86 Aspy.
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#5 06-05-2011, 01:22 PM,
My bike has one, I never thought of it as a restricter plate, just something that aligns the filter. I don't see how it would hurt not to have it, but I also don't see that it would restrict airflow much either. As far as I know my bike spent its entire life in Texas.
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#6 06-05-2011, 01:24 PM,
From what I see on HOND PARTS-DIRECT.COM, this insert came on all years and models, (no California-Only designator) though now it is discontinued.
I am the second owner of my bike, the previous owner keeping meticulous maintenance records in the early years of ownership, and my bike does not have this insert.
From the looks of it, I have to agree with garyft (moderator) as more of a filter support than air restrictor.
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#7 06-07-2011, 01:59 PM,
that part came standard on all 85 LTD's and all models newer according to the honda parts interchange i have

i know of at least two people who didn't have them and installed them and it cured a driveabilty problem,so it must help to improve on a lean or rich mixture situation,i'm sure honda didn't install it just to help with filter placement
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#8 06-07-2011, 02:43 PM,
I'll have to agree with neoracer. It must have been Honda's way to eliminate a possible problem on later models... my guess. I rode into work today without any problems. The only thing I do see is a more throaty sound to it now; from the carbs. It's a lot like when you remove the stock air cleaner from a car and replace it with an open filter element style type of sound. Looks like I need to clean the box and inside a bit before I button this up too. #-O
Well, for now it will stay out of the air box.

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#9 06-07-2011, 05:37 PM,
My '87-A has one, I'm the third owner & this bike has lived in Ontario all it's life.
#10 06-08-2011, 08:25 PM,
I just recently learned after doing a carb rebuild, that even running with just the air box top lid removed (filter installed) that it produced a lean out condition on the high end of the acceleration in each gear. Idled great. Good off-idle,low end response,but not drivable! I was pulling my hair out!
I personally would be careful about removing this insert,if you model came with it. I learned that you can't compare the carbureter function of a motorcycle with that of an automobile. These bike carbs are very vacum pressure sensitive.The vacum diaphram actuated slides,are what pull the main metering jet up, to increase fuel upon acceleration. I was informed that even going to a K&N type air filter can cause an acute leaning condition!

Dan S.
#11 06-14-2011, 11:56 AM,
although the duct is dc'd now its might be possible to find one with a used airbox online,i know of at least two people that installed them and it helped
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#12 06-14-2011, 12:15 PM,

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