So I was taking the battery out of my bike (99 Honda Shadow 750 ACE) to ship it this past December, when two parts of the bike I'd never seen fell out from somewhere near the battery case. They sort of look like hair curlers and I suspect maybe they were wrapped around the battery cables? (See the photo)

unknown part

Any guesses as to what they might be are appreciated!

  • Are they plastic or metal? If metal does a magnet stick to them? – James Jenkins Mar 31 '14 at 10:32

Those are definitely devices for holding hair in place. enter image description here

As for what purpose (if any) they were serving in your motorcycle, one can only guess!

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    This is hilarious. – tommyo Apr 1 '14 at 17:52
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    Yep, I'm pretty confused as well. The guys over at the Honda shadow forums are having a good laugh too. – neanderslob Apr 1 '14 at 18:15

My first thought is that they are a spacer or shim to prevent the battery from sliding back and forth in the battery box.

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    Not knowing either, this was long the idea of my first thought as well. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Mar 30 '14 at 14:07
  • Thanks for the reply; battery case seems secure. The guys over at the Honda Shadow forums don't recognize the part and figured it was added by a previous owner to secure the battery cables. – neanderslob Mar 31 '14 at 8:40
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    @neanderslob, no judgment here. I have to secure all kinds of cables all the time and I've made much dumber choices than a couple of hair spin pins! – Bob Cross Jun 3 '15 at 14:31
  • @BobCross Lol, glad to hear it! This question still gives me a laugh. – neanderslob Jun 3 '15 at 19:52

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