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Offline Buzzard

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adding coolant
« on: April 11, 2018, 02:37:17 pm »
Guys,
I don't have any problems with the cooling system at this time.
I noted that the coolant level displayed on the reservoir tank is right at the low mark when sitting on the side stand and just a hair under it when on the center stand when cold.

Is there a simple way to add coolant to the bike without pulling off a lot of plastic?

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Re: adding coolant
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2018, 02:44:25 pm »
I think I read about someone doing it by forcing coolant up into the tank via the overflow line that drains out the bottom hear the shift lever. But I haven't tried that myself and I'd be sure that there is no gunk in that line before doing it.
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Re: adding coolant
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2018, 03:01:57 pm »
I think I read about someone doing it by forcing coolant up into the tank via the overflow line that drains out the bottom hear the shift lever. But I haven't tried that myself and I'd be sure that there is no gunk in that line before doing it.


Up the overflow is a great idea, didn't hear that before.   

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Re: adding coolant
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2018, 06:52:54 pm »
I think I read about someone doing it by forcing coolant up into the tank via the overflow line that drains out the bottom hear the shift lever. But I haven't tried that myself and I'd be sure that there is no gunk in that line before doing it.

Unless the reservoir cap, or the radiator cap is removed prior, you can't "force" fluid in thru that hose in that manner, as there is no place for the displaced air to vent...

The method I suggested was to use the top overflow hose, located just below the radiator cap (not the second one down which is a "burp hose" from the waterpump, use the top hose) . Remove that hose, insert a small funnel, and clamp it into the hose with a ziptie, or clamp, and carefully pour coolant in a little at a time... having someone watching the tank helps... or, you can use a simple plastic turky baster from the dollar store in the same manner... then reattach the hose to its original nipple.
Cover the upper plastic on the fairing around there with a trash bag and tape, and throw an old towel over that to prevent spill damage to your paint..

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Re: adding coolant
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2018, 10:27:01 pm »
MOB, thanks for clarifying!  I couldn't find the original thread. 
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Re: adding coolant
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2018, 10:42:55 pm »
MOB, thanks for clarifying!  I couldn't find the original thread.
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You're welcome,
Its been a while since I originally posted that, and truth be told, way back in time when it first came up I actually tried the bottom up thing, with zero joy... that's when I realized the air could not escape.

The top hose method does work well, tho,  I still pull the top deck black plastic filler panel off my '08 just to make it easier access around the gas cap, just a couple screws on my bike.

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Re: adding coolant
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2018, 01:49:38 pm »
MOB,

Thanks for the suggestion.
This sounds like the way to go.

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