Posted 07 May 2012 - 06:28 PM
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:27 PM
Worth noting is that you only need to loose a little bit of water from your cooling system and it renders the thermostat useless as a switching device due to the thermostat being so high up in the system.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:38 AM
Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:38 PM
Hey I got a couple or so guesses, and suggestions... Are you filling the radiator each ride? if so, some might blow out as it gets to the "Level the coolant system prefers", so maybe monitor this, by checking (VERY OFTEN) during a few hours riding? of course, after you let it cool, seems to me as long as you can see fluid above the fins part of radiator, you will be fine, if all else is up to "snuff" so to speak.
Have you ever done the water pump kit or inspection? I read on these boards in the past, that people take the pump apart and the impellers's fins, were gone off that pump, which is plastic. Might be worth a check? water has to circulate at a good rate ya know, or it is going to boil quicker than the tiny cooling system can take.
Somewhere, either on this board or another, someone had issues with the "voltage regulator" which somewhat vaguely sounds like you "might" have, usually the fan quits runing at all I believe... that is if what you say is true, if fan seems to lose power, instead of the fan itself being OLD AND WORN OUT and cant run right. So like previous poster said, maybe unhook the fan, run it off a car battery for a bit, and hopefully tell if the fan motor is good, quitely running (example no bearing noises etc).
please note, most of my bikes lose a tiny bit of fan speed at idle compared to anything above idle, so that could be normal, hard to say when I am not there to see/hear it.
The water jacket is the head and the cylinder nothing else, & those 2 orings are critical, and you have to be pretty sure you get them right, usually you have to hold the orings in place with a tiny amount of grease, not silicone!!
One more thing, jetting or even dirty carb jet, can be an issue, cause too much heat if you are lean, and boils water out, and in near or even past dangerous levels, it used to burn the Nickel plated exhaust headers into a blue tint. Be sure you arent lean, use good fuel.
2011 Raga 300 (mine)
2012 Raga 300 (dads).
Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:21 PM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:09 AM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:47 PM
I was leaking fluid from the overflow pipe, but it wasn't clear if this was spitting because the bike was getting hot. I notice the fan was intermitent. It would start up, but cut out from time to time... I also notice it would speed up and slow down based on engine speed (revs)... I replaced the rectifier and this seemed to go away.
I also noticed a hairline crack in my radiator which could have prevented the radiator holding pressure... hence boiling over and spuffing out of the over flow. So I also replaced the rad.
I woudl recommend testing the fan with a 12v supply as others have mentioned, then definitely try the rectifier before you start spending mega bucks!
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