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Can anybody tell me why there is a large rubber PAD under the gas tank of my 1980 CX500 ? I don't actually have a gas tank yet, so I am wondering if I need it.
 

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Honda added that to the Deluxe sometime in the run. I have one from a tank with a non-locking cover, which suggests '79.
I suspect it's there to absorb engine noise.
 

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The Australian Shadows had them too. That being said, most were left off after the first time the tank was lifted off.

I can only remember seeing one...
 
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