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    Default Radiator Fluid Replacement 101

    First you have drive to the auto spares shop and stopped in a roadblock and get a huge fine because your license plate is apparently illegal as well as a fine because your headlight protector is the wrong color.

    I think we should make step one optional for those who don't have spare cash or if you already have coolant in your garage.

    (why cant I upload images to the gallery?)

    Step 2:

    Make sure you have the right tools (pic1)

    Step 3:

    Remove mid and lower fairings and the black cover on the right hand side that is above the radiator cap. (pic 2 and 3)

    Step 4:

    Remove overflow hose from the radiator that lead to the coolant resivoir and let it hang to the ground, let the resevoir drain into a container of your choice. (pic 4 and 5)

    Step 5:

    Place container that can hold at least 3 lt of liquid underneath the bike next to the sidestand.

    Undo the draining bolt on the water pump. (pic 6 and 7)

    Now jump out of the way of the old coolant that is spraying out of the draining hole and frantically try to place the container in the right spot.

    Step 6:

    Once all coolant has run out of the radiator and resevoir, replace the drainage bolt on the water pump.
    Reconnect the overflow hose to the radiator.

    Step 7:

    Fashion a funnel from a plastic bottle of your choice.
    Place funnel into the opening at the top of the radiator where the filler cap used to be. (pic 8)
    Now pour in approximately 2.5 Lt of coolant/distilled water mix.

    Run motor for a few minutes to remove air from system.

    Fill up resevoir to between min and max marks with coolant/distilled water mix.

    Replace radiator cap.

    Step 8:

    Replace fairings and go for a ride
    Last edited by n3cr0; June 20th, 2009 at 09:25 PM.
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    Default Re: Radiator Fluid Replacement 101

    Well done!

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    Default Re: Radiator Fluid Replacement 101

    Nice info, mate.

    Seems I myself can do that alone hahaha.
    Usually I bring to the mechanic for doing this >__<

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    Default Re: Radiator Fluid Replacement 101

    Nice Job! One quick sidenote...If you want to avoid that stream of coolant spraying everywhere, leave the radiator cap on when you remove the drain bolt. A small amount will drain out. Then S-L-O-W-L-Y loosen the radiator cap til you get the stream you want. You can control it like a water faucet.
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    Default Re: Radiator Fluid Replacement 101

    Quote Originally Posted by cbr900racer77 View Post
    Nice Job! One quick sidenote...If you want to avoid that stream of coolant spraying everywhere, leave the radiator cap on when you remove the drain bolt. A small amount will drain out. Then S-L-O-W-L-Y loosen the radiator cap til you get the stream you want. You can control it like a water faucet.
    I did a coolant replacement for a mate of mine last weekend.
    While I was sitting on the ground, removing the drain bolt, he removed the radiator cap...

    You know how it is when you lean back too far in your chair and almost fall backwards, but save yourself at the last second? I feel like that all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n3cr0 View Post
    I did a coolant replacement for a mate of mine last weekend.
    While I was sitting on the ground, removing the drain bolt, he removed the radiator cap...

    Ewwww...I can take just about anything getting on my hands except coolant. That is the nastiest stuff on the planet. Did you repay him?
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    Default Re: Radiator Fluid Replacement 101

    Yea, thanks for the how to with picsssss

    I've needed to do this on mine for a while.

    I vote sticky on this one!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I need to do this to my baby and the oil change when she comes back home, next week some time......

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    Default Re: Radiator Fluid Replacement 101

    I did this tips yesterday. And fantastic done for the newbie like Me

    Thankz, N3cr0
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerdave View Post
    ... I vote sticky on this one!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Default Re: Radiator Fluid Replacement 101

    Great info! My bike will be due for everything next month. I want to get it all done right.

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