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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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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-Sport-Silicone-Straight-Hose-Lengths/samco-sport-silicone-superflex-straight-hose-length-air-water-universal
 

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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.
Tim.
 

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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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I'm going to put back on the original hoses. Had a coolant leak coming from the thermostat housing. While taking off the hose, just looked like it was starting to bulge. On past cars I've worked on, that was the sign to replace.
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It's almost NEVER as much fun to put old parts, in lieu of NEW PARTS, back on the Bike but it sure makes sense in this case. And I echo the others; I think you can have full confidence in 'em!
 

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To do that you need to have your picture on a picture hosting site such as flickr, smugmug, imgur, etc (anything but Google. One more post with a Google image link and I'm going Postal).

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Hijack!

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I have a photo that I really like that T.S. photo reminds me of.
You either are a HELL-RIDER to be geared up on this Bike and AS SUCH!
Or you just got lotsa money and want to look good.

I bet this guy's a Rider!!!
Though I DIIIID just notice his BRAND-NEW-LOOKING-PUCKS!!!



 

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That 'flashy' BMW rider appears to be setting on top of un-scruffed tires. He better be careful, or he will scruff the knee sliders completely Off the leathers on the first turn!
 

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I put everything back together with a little silicone on the thermostat housing. Went for a ride. No coolant leaks. Small oil leak, coming from oil filter cover. Took that off and replaced o ring with a different one I had. Went for another ride and everything is cool.
I'm in Arizona and it is so hot. Have to go early in the morning. Can't wait for the cool weather. One of the things I will need is a good jacket.
 

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Jacket...

I'm in Arizona and it is so hot. Have to go early in the morning. Can't wait for the cool weather. One of the things I will need is a good jacket.
Me, too... scored a SOLID FieldCrest Mesh Riding Jacket with Liner AND Pads for $35 on CL. Just keep checking and checking until you see a Jacket you like and then go SCORE IT!

'love savin' money maaaaaan!
 
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