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Old 05-12-2012, 02:11 PM
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Radiator cleaning

Thought I'd share this...

Last season I rode all season with no issues overheating...toward the end of the season we did a big ride that involved more mud then usual. I ended up overheating during that ride and it was terrible because we were hours from home...I'd ride 10 minutes stop for 15 to cool down then start again. After that ride I hosed out my radiator from the front and rear the best I could, and never over heated again that season.

Now next weekend we are getting ready to go on a big ride...cover the same areas that we did last season when I overheated. So I figured I would be ready this year by tearing my radiator out, really cleaning it and I'm going to try straight water with water wetter this year instead of the 50/50 coolant.

Yesterday I started to tear the radiator out. Got the fan out and couldn't believe my eyes. Even with srpaying the radiator out with a hose multiple times, going to the car wash once and using the pressure washer to clean the radiator...it was still CAKED with mud! Check out the pictures!

Needless to say, I took the radiator completely out, soaked it in a bucket and hosed it down repeatedly.

Just goes to show that running a hose in there really doesn't do the job when you get into some heavy mud!
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:55 PM
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Yup, those would be the parts that the fan shroud covers and keeps you from getting at with the hose. Luckily having the center real clean helps prevent over-heating. But you are right. pullin git is the only way to ensure it is clean. Enjoy your ride without the overheating this year.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:17 AM
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straight water is bad. The coolant is not only formulated to lower the freezing point, but it also raises the boiling point. It also protects the passages from scaling as most people just use tap water instead of distilled. In my experience, I see more overheating in machines where guys cheap out and use only water, because it boils at 212 or less depending on the mineral content and elevation, and pressure inside the closed loop system.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:33 AM
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Agreed, straight water, even with "water wetter" is a bad idea. Put your 50/50 mix in there.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:41 AM
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And using "DISTILLED" water is very important when mixing with cloolant!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:05 AM
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Interesting. I had planned to run distilled water and water wetter. I've seen on other forums, like the Hi Lifter forums where people were running distilled water and water wetter and it was making machines run cooler. Some were only 4 or 5 degrees cooler..others 10 to 15 degrees.
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