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post #1 of 19 Old 10-20-2010, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Replace the radiator?

In an accident that I had in Oct.2008 I bent the radiator down slightly. I've put 15,000 mi on the bike since then without replacing the radiator. No leaks that i've been able to find and the coolant level always seems to be fine.

I've come across a radiator for my bike and I've go to decide whether to go ahead and purchase it and replace my bent radiator.

I know that its my decision for my comfort but anyone have any thoughts?

Outside of the obvious issue with the radiator, it does make the fairing a little more difficult to put on and I know that the threads in the radiator for the bolt are somewhat marred, but not to the point of the bolt not going in.

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15000 miles on it? I wouldn't worry about it on my bike, but there are plenty of other things I'd rather get. But if it's concerning you and you have the means to get the new radiator then I say go for it.

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I know that its my decision for my comfort but anyone have any thoughts?
Yeah, I have a thought. I wonder what you would do if there wasn't the internet.
Would you just stand in the corner of the room rocking back and forth with your head in your hands mumbling "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god..."?
I don't think so, so why the hell are you asking us?

Would you rather someone else make the decision for you?
Here you go: replace your radiator, but replace it with a brand new one.
(I usually charge by the hour, but that was pretty easy, so just donate 5$ to the next homeless person you see.)
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Yeah, I have a thought. I wonder what you would do if there wasn't the internet.
Would you just stand in the corner of the room rocking back and forth with your head in your hands mumbling "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god..."?
I don't think so, so why the hell are you asking us?

Would you rather someone else make the decision for you?
Here you go: replace your radiator, but replace it with a brand new one.
(I usually charge by the hour, but that was pretty easy, so just donate 5$ to the next homeless person you see.)
I"m just trying to get a feel for its integrity and durability as well as to see if anyone else has had the same issue and what they ended up doing and why and what their results were. A little bit of research before I make up my mind to invest in a new radiator.

For you duck, I'll make sure that I am more specific with my posts with respect to the information I'm looking for, lest you miss something.
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Yeah, I have a thought. I wonder what you would do if there wasn't the internet.
Would you just stand in the corner of the room rocking back and forth with your head in your hands mumbling "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god..."?
I don't think so, so why the hell are you asking us?

Would you rather someone else make the decision for you?
Here you go: replace your radiator, but replace it with a brand new one.
(I usually charge by the hour, but that was pretty easy, so just donate 5$ to the next homeless person you see.)
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daxsonvt,

I've been running a bent radiator for two years and 30,000 miles with no issues. If you can get a good deal on one in better shape, it would probably be worth replacing your current to keep for a spare.

Also, as far as fairing fitment is concerned, the connection point on mine was misaligned enough so that after about a year (with significant gravel road riding) the attacment "ear" on tha fairing broke. If the fairing is stressed at all, you have another reason to ignore the fine example of ignorance betraying arrogance quoted above by that pointlessly vitriolic Vancourverian.

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1--replace the radiator
2--contact a motorcycle radiator fix-it place and confirm that it can be fully repaired, and get an idea of the cost.
3--offer it for sale with repair info attached.

You're getting a solid radiator for yourself and giving a fair priced radiator to another stromtrooper who needs one.

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Mylers does amazing radiator repair. Bent, twisted, leaking,, you name it. They have worked wonders on my KTM radiators.. They are very inexpensive and the turn around is lightning fast. VERY popular with the dirt bike crowd and they bust up radiators on a weekly basis..
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Thanks for the information. This October meets my 2 year mark for riding on it. I had only seriously considered replacing it after I found a new one that was still in the box that was priced well. I have heard of panels that didn't fit right for one reason or another that snapped from the stress.

I hadn't considered getting it repaired because I thought it may do more damage if not done right. I'll look into once the new one arrives and decide whether to keep it around or sell it.

Anyone know the best way to store a radiator?
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In an accident that I had in Oct.2008 I bent the radiator down slightly. I've put 15,000 mi on the bike since then without replacing the radiator. No leaks that i've been able to find and the coolant level always seems to be fine.

I've come across a radiator for my bike and I've go to decide whether to go ahead and purchase it and replace my bent radiator.

I know that its my decision for my comfort but anyone have any thoughts?

Outside of the obvious issue with the radiator, it does make the fairing a little more difficult to put on and I know that the threads in the radiator for the bolt are somewhat marred, but not to the point of the bolt not going in.
I've been running a bent rad for over 2 years. I had to straighten it slightly over a 2x4 so the fan would rotate but it's never leaked a drop. I just got a parts bike and it has a straight rad so I'm going to put it in just because I have it, otherwise I would have left it.

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Yeah, I have a thought. I wonder what you would do if there wasn't the internet.
Would you just stand in the corner of the room rocking back and forth with your head in your hands mumbling "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god..."?
I don't think so, so why the hell are you asking us?

Would you rather someone else make the decision for you?
Here you go: replace your radiator, but replace it with a brand new one.
(I usually charge by the hour, but that was pretty easy, so just donate 5$ to the next homeless person you see.)
Thought I read a year or so ago you weren't going to post anymore. Too bad you didn't keep your promise. Then we wouldn't have to read your bull sh*t reply's

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