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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-03-2007, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rock through radiator

Got literally showered with rocks behind an 18 wheeler the other day didnt realize anything until I parked my bike 10 miles down the road only to be suprised with alot of smoke and the rest of the fluid under my feet. The whole is about the size of a pea. Can this be repaired or am i out 600 bucks? Has anyone ever had this happen to them?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-03-2007, 11:34 PM
 
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dude your prolly out 600 bucks I tried to fix the radiator on a mustang once and it didn't work out too good for me. You can't find a used one or aftermarket for cheaper?
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take it to a radiator shop.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-04-2007, 04:16 AM
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Radiator shop! they can totaly fix that!

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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-04-2007, 06:20 AM
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I would invest on a radiator guard after getting it fixed. That's the first thing I did when I bought my brand new Busa last September. Cost me like $30 something for it and free installation.
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some of that jbweld on the whole will work. Did it to a buddies bike on the road, the rad lasted that way for 2 years + even through racing.

Look at it this way, if you patch it and it cost you $20 and it only works for 6 months, its still worth it.

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-04-2007, 08:29 AM
 
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thats one expensive radiator. see if the insurance will cover it.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-04-2007, 09:01 AM
 
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check ebay for one. a radiator shop to me is a last choice since new/used radiators are easier to find.
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Its a decent sized whole. I am interested in the JB weld trick because i wouldnt have to remove the radiator from the bike. Are there any techniques or tricks to this repair or do you just point and sqeeze the stuff in the whole? Also When i parked the bike after this happened there was a very generous amount of fluid pouring out, if this JB weld doesnt hold is it possible i could be in a hard turn and blow the patch and end up in the ditch?
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Its a decent sized whole. I am interested in the JB weld trick because i wouldnt have to remove the radiator from the bike. Are there any techniques or tricks to this repair or do you just point and sqeeze the stuff in the whole? Also When i parked the bike after this happened there was a very generous amount of fluid pouring out, if this JB weld doesnt hold is it possible i could be in a hard turn and blow the patch and end up in the ditch?
JbWeld is a 2 part jones. It's gotta be mixed then applied to the hole. It should hold.



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JB is the shiznick.

Sorry about your luck w/ the radiator.... I'd agree w/ Sleeper and get a radiator guard....

I remember reading about a nice one that used parts from home depot for use on a 1100xx Blackbird. I'll see if I cant digup the link.
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okay can't seem to find the link.


But anyways.... what the guy did was take two pieces of metal (I think he used stainless steel grill covers or something) and placed them in an oposing faction. it produced a smaller mesh than most other aftermarket radiator grills produced to give better protection. He just had to cut them to size and then bolted it in..... said it worked like a charm.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-04-2007, 04:19 PM
 
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That sucks, buddy. You can probably fix it with JBWeld, but if you have the cash, get a new one. You can probably get a decent price on ebay...

good luck!
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Ebay is another option. But I would hit up a rad shop before that...

Also try 1-800-radiator

http://www.1800radiator.com/index.htm




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