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    I need to put in an inline fitting in the upper rad hose (front LHS of engine) where is the drain plug for the system? Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    Originally posted by TVG View Post
    I need to put in an inline fitting in the upper rad hose (front LHS of engine) where is the drain plug for the system? Thanks in advance.
    Just consulted the shop manual 2.23 - Coolant-Drain

    there is no drain fitting in the radiator
    manual says to place drain pan underneath the lower radiator hose on the right front
    drain coolant from radiator by removing the lower coolant hose from the radiator

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ID:	10261* this is the lower front radiator that u drain the system from
    * you see that we moved the factory clamp
    to the front and replaced with a worm clamp
    WHY ? because when your bike sits & becomes cold, u can see see seepage from the factory clamp - it ain't tight enough

    .................................................. ................... tom n carol

    Last edited by MISTERZ06; 05-24-2017, 08:27 AM.

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    • #3
      Hello TVG
      your post reads that we think you are going to put a temp gauge in the upper radiator return hose
      this is not the most accurate place to read the coolant temperature - this is the coolest water in the system coming out of the radiator
      we suggest that you put it in the heater hose loop
      i will post pictures we have installed temp-reading fittings in both places

      by putting it in the heater--hose loop, you get the hottest, most up-to-date reading, since you are getting the temp of water in the engine- this the un-cooled water, that has not passed thru the radiator
      if you only use the top-return radiator hose - you have to wait for the thermostat to open- which can take at least ten minutes to read warm to hot coolant
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      ...................................... tom n carol
      Last edited by MISTERZ06; 05-24-2017, 08:36 AM.

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      • #4
        pics of temp reading adapter in the upper radiator hose -coolest water in system
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        • #5
          Thanks a bunch! I'll do that then.

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