Glad I am replacing these hoses


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Glad I am replacing these hoses

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:06 am



Just a few photos of what possibly are 34 year old radiator hoses:

The bottom hose was quite good - but the lower section of the upper hose was an accident waiting to happen - looks like it had leaked in the past and someone just replaced the bottom clamp.
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Re: Glad I am replacing these hoses

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:43 pm

How much fun is it to put the radiator back on.

I was being a little sarcastic there. Trying to maneuver the top radiator cowl into place and line up the top and bottom hoses is a nightmare - not recommended for short tempered people (me). The horn mounting tabs I had already bent out of the way, but it did get done after several attempts.

Reinstalled the radiator with new hoses, new O rings on the thermostat and pump flange, filling up the radiator - nearly forgetting to hook up the electric fan. Burped the radiator with only fresh water in it - might do this again - to help flush it as well, then drain and fill it with the 50/50 coolant mix.

Will be checking for leaks after it is pressurised next startup with the radiator cap on.

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Re: Glad I am replacing these hoses

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:34 am

It was time for those hoses to go for sure. It's always a good thing to discover that sort of thing before they're on the bike LOL... New hoses will give you many years of service and peace of mind.
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Re: Glad I am replacing these hoses

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:25 pm

That radiator is a nightmare. I intentionally broke off the horn mounting tabs, which made the job much easier. I painted the exposed steel from where I broke them off, and moved the horns to the mounting locations under the lower cowls on each side.

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Re: Glad I am replacing these hoses

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:43 pm

I'm thinking of doing the same thing, after straightening the horn tabs with my trusty hammer one of the mounted nuts behind fell off.

Apart from being a bit more difficult to get the bolt through and lined up - I also managed to strip the other nut out - I think it may have already been stripped as very little pressure was applied and it was loose when I took it off. But it was probably me.

These tabs were also being used with a steel flat bar across them for mounting the driving lights.




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