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Old 05-30-2013, 10:42 AM   #21
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4 degrees has you worried? It sounds fine

Not so much worried as wondering if there might be a growing issue. When I first got it, it ran 165-170 all day and only went up when in traffic. Last year, even on the hottest day it ran 170-180 on open road. Now, it's running 190-200 on open road and it's not even really hot yet. I'm just wondering if there possibly could be an issue so I can head it off before a real problem happens.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:45 AM   #22
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sounds normal to me
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Is your oil old? Changed anything performance-wise?
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Is your oil old? Changed anything performance-wise?

Oil is near time to change but I change it every 3k miles. No new performance mods.
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Hmm.

When you flushed the rad, did you also drain from the head as well? (Also did you empty the overflow?) There's usually a little drain bolt around the headers for additional drain. If you had regular green coolant in there and added engine ice it can gum up and cause symptoms like you're mentioning.

Just my $.02, but every time I change coolant I run distilled water with a spoon of vinegar through it, then rinse again with distilled, then do the ICE.
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Hmm.

When you flushed the rad, did you also drain from the head as well? (Also did you empty the overflow?) There's usually a little drain bolt around the headers for additional drain. If you had regular green coolant in there and added engine ice it can gum up and cause symptoms like you're mentioning.

Just my $.02, but every time I change coolant I run distilled water with a spoon of vinegar through it, then rinse again with distilled, then do the ICE.

I just ran several times with distilled and flushed. Fill, drain, repeat until only clear water came out.
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Most water cooling systems cycle between 180 and 220F. Your original 165-170F is the part that doesn't sound right. Your thermostat might have been stuck OPEN before, and the flushing cleared it or did something to cause the thermostat to cycle properly again.

I wouldn't worry about it, unless you start seeing something different from what you see now - either always too cold or always too hot.

Doesn't hurt to swap in a new thermostat, of course, especially if what came out of the radiator at first looked like bayou sludge.
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BTW, DO NOT use water wetter + water alone. Water wetter has no anti-freeze property, so your coolant will freeze at or just below 32F. Folks get away with it around here because ambient rarely dips below freezing, but it does... occasionally.

You can do that with race or track ONLY bikes, if you store the bike in a garage that won't go below freezing AND only take the bike out when it's relatively warm out.
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get that chic off the bike and it'll run cooler.

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