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Hi Birdies,

Here my workshop: changing the coolant-fluid.



Here we go...


-Unmount the fairings.

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-Lift the tank as shown to get a better view at the level of the coolant reservoir.

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-Here you see the cap of the radiator.


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-Unmount the cap and unmount the tube (arrow)

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-Empty the coolantreservoir.

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-Unmount the bolt. (arrow)

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-Empty.

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-Unmount the bolt and empty

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MOUNT THE TWO BOLTS AND THE TUBE!!!!!

-Fill the radiator up to the radiator filler neck.

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-Fill up the coolant reservoir...

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-To the UPPER level mark.(written on the side of the CR)

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After the job:

Start the engine and let it idle for a while without the radiatorcap to release airbubbles and add fluid if necessary.

Then close the radiator and coolant reservoir and start the engine again and let it run until it reaches normal operating temperature.


Stop the engine and let it cool down completely!!!

Check the levels again. It is wise to check again after a First ride.

GOOD LUCK!!!!

 

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good write up
now im not highjacking the thread but where would you get braided hoses or braid covers for the coolant hose from
 

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Good write up.
To be thorough, I would strongly suggest you fill the system with distilled water,or another charge of fresh coolant and repeat the drain cycle once or twice. This will allow remaining sediment and contaminants to mix and drain with the traces of coolant that do not always drain completely in the first coolant flush. There is also a thin copper sealing washer on the drain bolt which may need to be replaced on occasion, so do yourself a favor and pick up a few extra next time you buy some oil drain sealing washers.
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When is it necessary to replace coolant hoses even if you do not have a leak? Is there a regular maintenance of coolant hoses? I have 149,000 kms and still on the oem hoses since '02. Is there after market hoses, braided, that are superior to the oems? Cheers.
 

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Nice write-up and that's what I've done twice in the last two days.

I've changed the coolant on my 05 FI bird. Manual states 3.2 litres for radiator and engine plus 1.1 litres for the reservoir. I only managed to drain ~ 2 litres from the engine + radiator? Puzzled?
 

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This is great! I'm new to this forum because I've recently purchased a 87 Hurricane 1000 and I've noticed that it is running pretty hot. HOT to the touch on the sides (inner thighs get real hot) and the bike is HOT in traffic even after a short 30 minute ride. The temp-gauge needle goes up to 3/4 to 7/8, right under RED line when I go slow or stay at idle for very long. I do not know if the coolant had been changed or if it is very low or here is nothing in the reservoir etc..... Should this be the first thing to check when the bike gets hot so fast?? Do these engines normally run this hot??? I've had 2 Honda V-65's in the past and they always ran hot, especially at idle in traffic etc. Any suggestions???
 

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I had not seen this (I don't remember seeing it anyway) from Yo before jbike87 dug it from the grave.

As always from Yo a great "How to" so I have made it a sticky.
 

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so, in order to check my coolant level, i have to pull the tank off?
No you an actually view the level of the coolant in the reserve tank from the side of the bike...
 

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oKAY, I felt my bird was running hot, and since i ws on the road, i had the coolant changed. Cost me 123.00.

Now i changed the coolant last year, but i did put 16K miles on the bike in Texas.

I have to get comfortable taking the fairings off.

I need an owner manual.
 

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You can also use a 50/50 mix of distilled white vinegar and distilled water to flush the system. its doesn't react with the aluminum in the cases but will take out any scaling or oil residue.
The second benefit is that it is environment Friend and you don't have to worry about neutralizing it. So stuff a hose in the intake side of the system light the bike and run it till the water is clear. This way you don't have to worry about the flush effecting anything of mother natures.
 

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Thanks for the pics. I didn't know there is another drain bolt above the one on the bottom. I have been just draining the one on the bottom.
 

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Thank you very much. I have had my BB since last friday and have to read a bit more to know things like this. I aprreciate what you´ve done
 
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