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post #1 of 12 Old 03-06-2019, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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2 Cooling fans?

I'm redoing my entire cooling system. I have a second fan. I have installed a switched override for the fan. The radiator looks to have the space and tabs to mount a second fan with some easy mos for a 3rd tab (my horn is mounted somewhere else). The second one would be manually controlled.
Ya or na?
I think im paranoid.

I think i'm covered. I can turn the one on if the sensor fails to turn it on. hmmm
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I always thought my k6 ran pretty cool, rarely over 3 bars.
Just for fun I replaced the coolant sensor with TS206 which has a lower temp fan setting compared to stock.

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I would say no. It runs cool enough with one, and I don't think fan or sensor failure is a common enough issue to worry about a backup. It largely only runs when the bike isn't moving fast enough to cool passively anyway.
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A second fan would only be a "good" thing if maybe you rode in a lot of mud or sand where you were working the engine hard and the extra fan might keep it from overheating. Don't know of that ever happening. And I for sure don't want to be paddling a Strom through gooey mud or soft sand. You will probably be needing to take a break yourself before it gets hot........

If the cooling system is in good shape, these bikes can endure 100+ degree stop and go traffic and not over heat. I know that for a fact.

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I looked into adding another fan when I was running cone courses with mine. Should be easy enough to do with slight modifications, however I don’t think the existing wiring will carry the extra load of a fan. I had planned to put the new fan on it’s own switched circuit with a switch, relay and lamp. Even when properly tuned and with a well cleaned cooling system, some of the DL’s ran hot. I ended up using piggyback fuel management systems which kept the temps in line, 2-3 bars instead of 3-4 bars. Make sure your radiator fins are free of debris and open (not bent over)
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Not worth the effort IMO. As Realshelby says, even in our scorching desert summers and stop-n-go traffic I've never had an overheating issue on my K7.

Well, not the bike overheating. Me overheating, that's a different story!

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Sounds like a solution in search of a problem.
1.5 hours inching along in 105-degreeF temp on I-57 in July, '17. Ambient temp gauge read 120. My DL1K fan never came on not once, and the temp gauge never went about 1/2 way.
You do realize you can't possibly plan for every single contingency.
But if you have your bike's cooling system on your mind, and seeing how your profile says "'02 DL1000", I'd be checking/replacing hoses,, pertinent seals and gaskets, thermostat, water pump, coolant, and pressure-testing the cooling system before any long trip in the heat.
But hey...that's just ME.
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I'm redoing my entire cooling system. I have a second fan. I have installed a switched override for the fan. The radiator looks to have the space and tabs to mount a second fan with some easy mos for a 3rd tab (my horn is mounted somewhere else). The second one would be manually controlled.
Ya or na?
I think im paranoid.

I think i'm covered. I can turn the one on if the sensor fails to turn it on. hmmm
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Thanks for the reply's. Every hose, seal etc... is being replaced due to age/mileage- not a failure.
I looked at my new radiator (old one was is bent but not leaking ) and realized there is space for it. Running a relayed switch blah blah would be easy to do.
I figure if it was needed the engineers would have...or maybe not. My Duc ran hot even w/manual switch and turning on BEFORE it got warm in traffic. so that sorta explains why my mind went there.
My cooling system has worked fine. Seemed solid to me. I'm reassured that it's fine for other's also. Thanks again!
I'm trying to freshen up the old bike head to toe this winter. I'm trying to minimize mid season BS because I was unwilling or unknowing to take action now.
I find repair wrenching is not fun when it cut's into riding.
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I find repair wrenching is not fun when it cut's into riding.
Man...you ain't kidding!! Be sure to check your chain, like I didn't!
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