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right side Radiator going bad ???

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Most of the problems is not the radiators themselves, it's usually the hoses and clamps.
The rubber can take a set over time and start to weep or leak.
Usually a tweaking of the clamp fixes the problem.

Now a bike that has been laid down can damage the radiator where leaks can form.
That's what I found on mine. The previous owner laid it down on the left side and punctured the upper radiator tank and rigged it with JB weld, which doesn't hold on radiators.

I removed the radiator and had it heliarc'd and it's held to this day.
My right radiator is solid as well, even though it's seen it's share of abuse by the previous owner.
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If you need a replacement radiator, contact Ben at RC51parts.
He has some SP2 radiators.
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Hey Anthony, I have a favorite rad repair shop. B&M Radiator. They're really good, been using them for 15 years on all my stuff. Never had a leak after they work on it. In fact, Mike is the one who welded and pressure tested my SP1 leaky gas tank. His work was good enough that I didn't need to repaint the tank after welding, as he was careful not to overheat the paint any more than necessary and the seat covered it up! And their costs are totally reasonable!

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to late to call what did he charge for the tank ,
Cant remember for sure I think about $50 -$60. I had it completely preped. and I brought my own device (a wasted fuel pump and flange, and the gas cap) to seal the tank for the pressure test. What I liked is he let me come back and watch the pressure test.

He didn't quote me on the phone for that particular task, cause he wanted to see it first.

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Cool, you should be back in business. I recommend the Engine Ice if you're gonna use an antifreeze. I've been using it for half the summer and I know I can tell a slight difference in overall cooling. I think it's safe to say my bike runs about 5 degrees cooler on average.

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15 minutes huh? I spent a few minutes more than that double checking all the clamps. Leaks are no bueno. You get the system burped? Maybe you haven't run it yet, think I remember you saying you need to change oil too...
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