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post #1 of 26 Old 07-25-2018, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Radiator hoses

I have a 84 kl600. Having problems with finding new radiator hoses. Anyone have any luck finding hoses to fit. Aftermarket? Car hoses? Other model motorcycle hoses?
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post #2 of 26 Old 07-25-2018, 12:33 PM
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Nope, Nope, Nope.

Really, there aren't that many severe bends. I'd start with a yard of standard heater hose and see if you can build a solution with that.

If you find the heater hose is kinking then you could look at putting coils on the hoses, but that can be problematic in its own right. It might be your best bet is to look to a silcone super flex hose. These will bend to tight radii without kinking. They are expensive but probably no more expensive than a three-hose set would be if you could find one. They are usually sold in one-yard lengths and that much ought to build the three hoses you need. This is just one example: https://racebikebitzusa.com/Samco-Sp...ater-universal
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Thank.
I'll try the heater hose and see what happens.
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post #4 of 26 Old 07-25-2018, 01:04 PM
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From BigCee's KLR FAQ page;

What about the hoses?
If your hoses are cracked or just old, factory replacements run around $60 for the set. However, you should be able to cut all three pieces from a Goodyear #63936 heater hose (which has some pre-formed bends), which is closer to $25.

Not sure if that helps but it's cheap enough to see.


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Thanks dave.
I can't find any replacement hoses for the klr 600.
Mine are just old. Don't won't to have one fail while I'm out riding. I will try the heater hose you suggested.
Thanks again to Tom and Dave for your suggestions.
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My 31 year old, 82,000 mile used radiator hoses still feel serviceable to my fingers and appear serviceable to my 59+ eyes. I trusted them against a 6 mile hike out of the 'back-country' just last Sunday.

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Yeah, I have the original hoses on my 2000 and 2001 and have no urge to replace them. .....also had the original hoses on my 53,000 mile 1974 'Cuda that were still good when I sold it 5 years ago.


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LOVE the Preventative Maintenance MindSet, but I, too... have had zero issues with MC HeaterHoses over many years of riding (Street/Dirt/Tour). I've almost always wanted to replace my OEMs with some TrickSiliconeColorMatch Set but could never justify the cost AND/or tossing something completely 'service-able'...

... said the guy who wants Black Rims on his KLR!!!
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Samco has a Silicone Color set of OEM replacement hoses for the KLR at $187...

OUCH!!!
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post #10 of 26 Old 07-26-2018, 06:25 PM
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Samco has a Silicone Color set of OEM replacement hoses for the KLR at $187...

OUCH!!!
My son says on the bmw forums they’re saying the silicone helps the system run cooler.....must be true, read it on the internet.
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