Can't get radiator out.


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Can't get radiator out.

Postby CapnDenny1 » Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:13 pm



I'm trying to replace the timing belts. First step take out the radiator. I have the hoses off, the two botls at teh bottom out an dthe two acorn nuts at the top off. I can't seem to get it to go forward enough to get the radiator off the studs at the top? I know I'm doing somthing really stupid, but I can't figure out what it is.



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Re: Can't get radiator out.

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:27 pm

The only stupid thing is the stupid way they are designed. Have a look at How to remove and replace your water pump, beginning at step 54 and you'll see how I did it.

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Re: Can't get radiator out.

Postby CapnDenny1 » Sat Sep 26, 2009 5:35 pm

You got that right! Thanks. I only spent about 2 hours on it trying to get it past the horn tabs, which isn't too bad.

Thanks a bunch.

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Re: Can't get radiator out.

Postby CapnDenny1 » Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:59 pm

I posted the same issue on the naked goldwings site. I got several peopel say teh same thing to bend the tabs, but one guy replied with this,

"On the NON naked wings, the fairing mounting bracket has the horn mounts. I've just loosened the lower fairing mounts (on the frame down tubes) and pivoted the mount forward slightly to allow clearance (IIRC). I assume the fairing was installed after the radiator at the factory...

Good wrenchin,
Todd"

I like your solution. I already unbolted so much stuff, I'd just as soon bend the tabs as unbolt anything more. I just thought you might find this interesting?

The radiator is out, yoohoo! Now on to the timing belts...gulp...

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Re: Can't get radiator out.

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:17 pm

If you read my DIY article, I mentioned that I got fed up with bending those damn tabs, and finally just broke them off (intentionally). I cleaned them up and spray painted them black. I moved the horns to inside the lower fairings - if you look at the frame inside the lower fairings, there are two threaded holes on each side which accept the bolts perfectly, and there's more than enough room to fit the horns in there. They're just as loud, and the horns are now invisible, instead of hanging out in the wind, rain, much, etc.

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Re: Can't get radiator out.

Postby CapnDenny1 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:55 am

Yes I did see that. I will look for the holes.

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Re: Can't get radiator out.

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:00 am

You can see them here:

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You can see a black wire that is attached to a screw, right between the two threaded holes in the picture (that black wire is the ground for one of my driving lights).




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