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10-08-2011 07:44 PM
Lockjaw
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Originally Posted by TT120 View Post
Been doing this for years. It works.

Kinda funny but I thought I invented that one day many years ago in my garage. My Camaro had some air in the cooling system so I had the bright (or so I thought) idea of squeezing the hoses to force the air out. It worked and I been doing it for years.
You STOLE Spec's idea???

I hate when I come across something "I" invented.

Bottom line (no pun intended), good thinking on both y'alls part.



10-08-2011 06:39 PM
LoneRider Anybody ever had anything break or wear out prematurely on a KLR650, traceable to the OEM cooling system, operated within safe limits?

TB's stabilize coolant temperature more fully and at a higher temperature. But, what are the known, verifiable, measurable consequences of the OEM cooling system in terms of durability and reliability, compared to the TB? (No offense intended; only a question.)

In 25-or-so years of production, some bikes have logged considerable mileage without the advantages of the TB.
10-08-2011 10:29 AM
TT120
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Originally Posted by Spec View Post
Start up the bike without the radiator cap on. When it's circulating squeeze the hoses you can get to. Add coolant as needed until it stays topped off.
Been doing this for years. It works.

Kinda funny but I thought I invented that one day many years ago in my garage. My Camaro had some air in the cooling system so I had the bright (or so I thought) idea of squeezing the hoses to force the air out. It worked and I been doing it for years.
10-08-2011 09:31 AM
Spec
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Originally Posted by jeffx View Post
How do ya get all the air out of the system when doing the Thremo bob ?

Start up the bike without the radiator cap on. When it's circulating squeeze the hoses you can get to. Add coolant as needed until it stays topped off.
10-08-2011 09:21 AM
vatrader
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Originally Posted by jeffx View Post
How do ya get all the air out of the system when doing the Thremo bob ?
I fill the radiator to the top, put cap on, run engine about 30 seconds. Check coolant level, start and run until thermostat opens. [about 200 degrees] Shut engine down and let cool. Top off coolant in radiator, then the overflow tank. Re-cap and run up to thermostat opens again, shut down, let cool, and check coolant level. I've had to do this as many as four times to get all air from the system. Sometimes it happens the first time. YMMV. Fluctuations in temperature reading on the temp gauge are usually an indication that air is still in the system.
10-08-2011 07:03 AM
jeffx How do ya get all the air out of the system when doing the Thremo bob ?
01-27-2010 07:26 PM
NoBull My new 09 doesnt seem to warm all the way up, granted I havent ridden above 30 degrees yet. So I decided to order the Thermo Bob, I was immediately sent the directions. Great photos, looks pretty clear as to what needs to be done. Any warnings or added input? Things to watch for? Ive been meaning to pull the tank anyway to check fasteners and get some locktight in there, looks like a good time to get her done.
01-27-2010 09:27 AM
tomatocity
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Originally Posted by SteelB12 View Post
In case this came across wrong, what I meant was that since I JUST called him to order that wrench, I could have ordered both items at the same time, not that I dislike his products.
No problem and was not taken that way. By his choice, Bill is the only person that sells and ships his Therm-bob. This probably makes it easier for shipping and support issues.
01-27-2010 09:13 AM
SteelB12
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Originally Posted by tomatocity View Post
Eagle maunfactures the parts and Bill assembles, sells and supports the Thermo-bob. You won't regret your purchase.
In case this came across wrong, what I meant was that since I JUST called him to order that wrench, I could have ordered both items at the same time, not that I dislike his products.
01-27-2010 08:58 AM
tomatocity
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Originally Posted by Dwell View Post
I have had the thermo bob installed for about six months with no issues. I ride year around in all weather conditions and it keeps the bike at a constant temp. I have noticed my bike always smells like coolant now. There are no leaks and the radiator is full (no air bubbles). Anyone know why it does that?
Check the radiator cap and overflow tank for a good seal. If not there is a small leak somewhere. Or...did you spill coolant on your riding jacket or gloves?
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