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Offline RalphS

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Radiator Protection
« on: April 12, 2017, 04:38:31 pm »
Hello,
Just got back from a 6 hour run from Maryland to NY and pulled into my driveway to find coolant shooting out of the radiator onto the front tire. Looks like radiator replacement is to the tune of $1000 doing it myself. Wondering if an aftermarket radiator guard is in my best interest and if there's one that installs well.
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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2017, 04:56:12 pm »
RalphS,
Best fitting Rad guard is from ProjektD. shipping is high though since it is overseas. 1 bolt install and very nice piece of work. Can be EASILY installed without removing a single piece of plastic. I have this same unit on my bike. I would also recommend a fender extender from Murphs or from Blue One here on the forum.
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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2017, 06:01:13 pm »
I second the fenda extenda thingy, and if you have the bucks a true radiator guard...
Might want to check radiator shops and find one to repair yours... most are now geared up to fix aluminum ones nowadays, and you might get off for $75...or so, worth a try...

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2017, 06:39:44 pm »
+1 on the Projekt-D guards.  It's too bad they don't have a USA-based distributor.  But worth the price, fit and finish are perfect!

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2017, 08:15:53 pm »
I had the same thing happen to me when my bike had 2,000 miles on it and I was 500 miles from home.

My buddy pinched the leak with pliers. Then we used JB Weld to patch the area. 7 years and 15k miles later it is still holding. A cheap permanent fix.

Try it before you buy a new radiator.

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2017, 09:52:57 pm »
I had a radiator guard by the time I had 14 miles on it.


For some reason, the geometry on this bike makes it susceptible .


The other bikes I've had, I never had any problems.

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2017, 10:47:24 pm »
I use this brand

http://www.coxracingroup.com/Radiator/kawasaki-gtr1400-2006-on

Oh and I have Murphy's fenda extenda
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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2017, 11:01:43 pm »
Sorry to hear this...its a pain to replace a radiator from what I've heard on here. I run the Fenda Extenda and this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-ZX14-06-16-C14-Concours-GTR-07-16-Radiator-guard-/282427244444?hash=item41c1f9bf9c:g:L4UAAOxy~dBRHXoq&vxp=mtr
This guard ($70 shipped) was an easy install in 10 minutes and I bought it after I put my Extender on and could see it could still let debris fly up there. They have a lot of chip seal roads in my area and I could hear rocks flying around and it made me nervous.
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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2017, 11:26:30 pm »
Buy one off eBay. There are 4 radiators for under $100 on there right now, About 6 for $150 too  :beerchug:
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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2017, 12:04:41 am »
I second the fender extender and would also add an oil filter protector as I picked up a pocket knife through my oil filter on an evening ride.
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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2017, 12:07:15 am »
I second the fender extender and would also add an oil filter protector as I picked up a pocket knife through my oil filter on an evening ride.

Murphy also sells the oil filter protection. Never ever had a oil filer puncture but bought 2 of them for the C14 and ZX14 oil filters. Just in case.
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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2017, 12:40:00 am »
+1 on eBay if you can't fix it and have to replace. Good luck.
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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2017, 01:49:44 am »
Hey, Thanks for the responses on my leaking radiator and protection options; I really appreciate it. Looking forward to fixing and getting her back on the road. I've had the bike for a year now and hard to stay off it.

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2017, 06:20:15 pm »
I use this brand

http://www.coxracingroup.com/Radiator/kawasaki-gtr1400-2006-on

Oh and I have Murphy's fenda extenda


+1 on Cox. Two slip on tabs at the top, one bolt to take out and remove at the bottom. May have to recurve a little to fit the radiator.
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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2017, 09:00:24 pm »
I use this brand

http://www.coxracingroup.com/Radiator/kawasaki-gtr1400-2006-on

Oh and I have Murphy's fenda extenda


+1 on Cox. Two slip on tabs at the top, one bolt to take out and remove at the bottom. May have to recurve a little to fit the radiator.


The COX rad guard uses zip ties not tabs on the top mounting. The ProjektD uses the tabs and one bolt. Since the zip ties will eventually fail from heat degradation I prefer a permanent mount style.
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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2017, 10:23:45 pm »
I got a puncture running just the fender extender, I recommend running both.  Had my radiator repaired locally and it works great.

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2017, 02:57:13 pm »
I got a leak mid season last year and bought this kit, so far no issues, I have also added a radiator guard.
http://muggyweld.com/aluminum-radiator-brazing

the key to the repair is cleaning the are real good, it will require the radiator to be removed.

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2017, 07:33:22 pm »
I got a leak mid season last year and bought this kit, so far no issues, I have also added a radiator guard.
http://muggyweld.com/aluminum-radiator-brazing

the key to the repair is cleaning the are real good, it will require the radiator to be removed.


As I noted in my post #2 above, any reliable radiator shop can effect a repair, which will save you...
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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2017, 03:24:46 am »


The COX rad guard uses zip ties not tabs on the top mounting. The ProjektD uses the tabs and one bolt. Since the zip ties will eventually fail from heat degradation I prefer a permanent mount style.
Matt
IIRC there is one other brand that uses the tab on top of the radiator but do not remember which one.

I think I will replace my zip ties. Been a few years.

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2017, 11:31:02 am »
Yep, Mattchewn is right.

Mine is the PCA: two tabs and one bolt  http://www.pca-one.com/productDetail.asp?productID=3280&RetURL=search&search=groupMaster&BlockSize=40&SortOrder=AtoZ&bikeType=&bikeMake=&bikeModel=&bikeYear=&groupMaster=Motorcycle%20Apparel


The combination of BOTh the Fender Extender and the Rad guard (your choice source brand) should be enough protection against most punctures.
I've had both since the bike was new.  16k miles = no issues!

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2017, 12:13:41 am »
Hello,

Went with the Project D Radiator Guard. Just matched it up out of the box and noticed that it fits beautifully except at the bottom mount. The guards mount is in the right spot but offset to the radiators mount.  I can probably bend it the right way and get it to align but not sure if this is typical.  Am I missing something? TX

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2017, 12:16:40 am »
Ralph,
It is certainly possible that the mount got tweaked in shipping. All the ones I have installed were a drop-in fit, no mods needed and the lower tab sat perfectly to the right (when facing the radiator) of the mounting bolt washer for the lower radiator mounting bolt.
Slip it in position and replace the lower bolt and done.

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2017, 01:30:55 am »
Thanks Matt. I'll take another look. Have the leaking radiator out now so I just placed it over the front to check for fit when I noticed the tab was not aligned.

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Re: Radiator Protection
« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2017, 05:07:25 pm »
I got a leak mid season last year and bought this kit, so far no issues, I have also added a radiator guard.
http://muggyweld.com/aluminum-radiator-brazing

the key to the repair is cleaning the are real good, it will require the radiator to be removed.


As I noted in my post #2 above, any reliable radiator shop can effect a repair, which will save you...
They do it all the time, that's what they do..... don't try it if you've never done it, let a pro do it, its a five minute fix...or a $400 fuggup...


While I am no expert I also don't believe I suggested anybody could repair a radiator, however with the proper knowledge and tools it can be done at home. I do know how to solder and basically that's all your doing.