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post #1 of 9 Old 11-06-2018, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
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Leaking Radiator. Unsuccessful fix.

Hey guys.

Ok so I was in an accident 2 years ago, radiator got damaged on one core only, now I'm fixing up the bike, got the radiator fixed by a radiator shop twice now but its unsuccessful... See video.

So now the guy says he will have to take off the tanks and weld the core shut from the inside... Would you say this is ok? Would I notice a difference with one less core in the radiator?

Please tell me what you guys think.

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-06-2018, 05:13 AM
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Considering that a new radiator is shown on MR Cycle's microfiche at $491.35, which would solve your problem at a price, I'd be looking for another radiator shop that would, if they could, replace the entire core using your original tanks. We used to send customer's radiators out every other day to be re-cored. It then became more cost-effective to replace with an aftermarket radiator, but I havent seen any aftermarket radiators for motorcycles. This same automotive radiator shop repaired a seeping tube in the core of my '00 ZRX1100 11 years ago, is still not leaking.
You say your radiator was damaged in an accident. Was the repair covered by insurance? If so I'd contact my agent and tell them the radiator they paid for has been unsuccessful--twice, and see if they'll provide assistance for a new one.
I'm not saying closing off one of your radiator's tubes will cause a problem...but I'm not saying it won't run hotter in certain conditions either. I'm not fond of sacrificing radiator cooling ability regardless of price or what other's experiences doing so have been.
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Long fight with insurance... Thats a no go.. I think I have no option but to let them close off the one core and see what happens

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Are there no other radiator shops in your area?
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Or this:

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F183167973186

The problem with eBay or any other online shop is we wait MONTHS for our parcels and 50% you never get. Last parcel arrived 6months after order...

I have to try what I can locally

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I'd have that radiator shop give it another go...and order that aftermarket $93 radiator in your post for for the "just-in-case".
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At 100$ i'd offer the seller to pay an extra for faster shipping.

I had to pay 700$ (can) for mine because there weren't used parts to be bought back then, and no shop wanted to fix a bike's rad.

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Like the idea of a re-core...solves the issue permanently and no fitment issues! I do not think that you would notice a single core welded shut, but a re-core is essentially a new radiator. Tough call, but for the effort required to patch this radiator for a 3rd time, I would lean towards a re-core.

https://www.radiatorcity.co.za/wabout.php

This shop is in Pretoria. No idea if they can help but they certainly have the skillset needed.

Good luck!
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