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  2. What about an aluminum radiator? I see all kinds of posts on how they make decent replacements, but hardly anything on swapping out a perfectly good OEM just for the purpose of cooling.
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  4. paul99xx

    Hail dents

    Oops it's glue, plenty on youtube if you search hail damage repair.
  5. paul99xx

    Hail dents

    I'd buy it for the right price regardless of whether they can be fixed. But pretty sure theres some tech available to uses a suction cup to pop them out. No doubt amazon will have them.
  6. superhawk996

    Hail dents

    Speed dents, like on a golf ball, let them be.
  7. OMG

    Hail dents

    The reason I'm asking, local salvage auction. Billings Mt got hit with hail, currently 400+ vehicles will be up for auction, probably more than 2,000 total.
  8. XXBirdSlapper

    Hail dents

    From your bike or car?
  9. blackhawkxx

    Hail dents

    How long have you been waiting to use that?
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  11. superhawk996

    Hail dents

    I used a small pencil torch on a car decades ago, it did a pretty good job. Swirl the heat around the dent, carefully to not burn the paint, and it'll magically lift. I've read that using a can of compressed air held upside down so it sprays the super cold liquid, you can spray the center of the dent immediately after heating and it works even better.
  12. OMG

    Hail dents

    Are there any successful ways to pop them out?
  13. You will be fine with a radiator guard. I have had them on multiple track bikes, which are running harder and hotter than cruising down the highway. They do not restrict airflow in any meaningful way.
  14. Depends on the guard, I've never seen one. Anything in front of the radiator will restrict flow to some degree, but it might not actually matter if the restriction is minimal. If the guard is like hardware cloth I'd say it's no issue, if it's a fine mesh screen it might be a problem. The stator is always putting out max power and the regulator has to absorb & dissipate any extra power not being consumed by other stuff so adding electrical loads, like running the fan, takes that stress off the regulator. A bike's stator is very similar to the alternator on a car, but different. An alternator has spinning windings inside a stationary electromagnet and the regulator cranks the power to that magnet up/down to create more/less energy. The bike has stationary windings (the stator) and a permanent magnet spinning around the outside of the windings creating an uncontrollable amount of power. The regulator basically creates a controlled short circuit to bleed off extra power that's not being used by the bike. That extra power is turned into heat which is why the regulator gets hot and why Honda made them bigger & better in later bikes so they could dissipate that heat better and live longer.
  15. I'm reluctant to put a guard on it even though I should because I tour on it. Do they restrict flow even more? I'd also wonder if one of the reasons the charging systems get taxed so much and fail is because the fan is always on.
  16. The Bird's radiator is somewhat shielded and not all that open to the incoming air, and the out going behind the rad. seems fairly restricted too. It would be interesting to know how fast you have to go to keep it from coming on, if there is a magic speed. The fan on my Excursion kicks in at 85MPH on a hot day and that has nothing but a grill restricting incoming air. The fans on many of my vehicles kick in at high speeds, doesn't seem like they should be able to do more than what the natural air is doing, but they cycle which indicates that they are actually doing something. I only notice it with mechanical fans because they're loud, don't know if any of my electric fan cars kick in at high speed, but since the mechanical ones do I assume the electrics do too. It also happens with semi trucks and those radiators are very open to natural air flow. Most radiators are fairly restrictive to air flow. Even tho a fan can't move air at 80MPH, it's right against the radiator so it's able to create enough pressure/suction to force air through it. To make the radiator less restrictive it would have to be bigger to still have enough surface area to get rid of the heat as well as one with a tight core. I've known of some cases where someone "upgraded" from a 2 row to a 4 row radiator and started having overheating problems because the fan wasn't powerful enough to force enough air through it.
  17. It's just amazing to me you can be doing 40mph and still have the fan come on and still be effective.
  18. The Bird that Carlos now owns has a JetHot coated header in the pretty shiny color, looks kinda like aluminum. At idle the header tube temp dropped from 400ish to 300ish with an infrared thermometer, but colors effect the readings on those things so I'm not sure if that's an accurate number. And it's real purdy. I considered swapping it back to the stocker before delivering the bike, but brotherly love & all...in the Az hell heat every bit helps. 300* is still a lot of heat, but that was sitting still with no wind. With a little bit of air flow I expect the difference with the coating would be even higher. I didn't do a whole lot of slow traffic riding after the swap and didn't really take note of felt heat before/after, but later realized that I no longer felt a noticeable furnace blast coming off of it like I used to. Do not expect a drop in engine temp, that's almost entirely controlled by the thermostat/cooling system. You'll probably get less fan running since the header isn't cooking the radiator as much and you should have less felt heat coming up around the fairings. If you have a thermometer and can get a temp reading it would be interesting to see your numbers.
  19. Yup. The Dodge dealer didn't budge on price on the Ecodiesel. It did run out nice though.
  20. I get that. My wife does too - but those are a lot bigger/heavier than this 22 footer.
  21. I probably jumped the gun, it might be slightly cooler. I was expecting more though. It made a big difference on my ZX14R for some reason but that was on a full Yosh, which was gretting rid of a lot more air.
  22. Never dropped, so no scratches or flaws at all, except I started to remove the little crooked DOT sticker on the back. It is still 95% intact. It is the Matte Black CF EXO ST1400. It is a gorgeous helmet and pretty light. It's a Large and the fit seems standard compared to most of my previous helmets. I used it for a couple thousand miles and prefer my Flip Up. It is a $399.00. See the link I attached. I'm looking to get $275.00 shipped. Email me at ominousone1 at geeeeee mail dot com for actual pix. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/scorpion-exo-st1400-carbon-helmet Thanks, ominousone
  23. β€œShe” sounds like a racist. 😁
  24. It should make you a little less hot in the heat of the summer but it would be hard to measure. As far as water temp...... I think Swamp has a coated header.
  25. "She" wants one where the garage is segregated.
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