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Old 21st December 2017, 03:33 PM
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i have bought a stainless radiator grille at the bike show. i went to fit it yesterday and noticed that the screws holding on the thin crap grille on the bike were severely rusted. so i sprayed some wd40 on it and scrapped some of the rust off. with a spanner at the back at of the nut i gently tried to open the first nut and it totally sheered off so i sprayed more oil on the second screw and tried to be even more gentle on the second nut and it sheered off as well

after alot of cursing and shouting i lifted the old grille off. the new one sits nice and the top clips are fine but its not enough to hold it on the bike if i am driving.

i dont have any way of joining the piece back to the rad so im wondering do i need to replace the rad or whats my best option?

i assume it would not be a good idea to drive the bike with no grille on the rad?

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any help greatly appreciated
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Old 21st December 2017, 03:38 PM
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Zip ties through the grille and radiator fins should work just fine.
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Old 21st December 2017, 03:41 PM
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There are specific ones for mounting stuff like electric fans to radiators, with integrated pads. See these: https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Fan.../dp/B003ZWXIAO
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Old 21st December 2017, 03:47 PM
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By the way, I'd consider the chances of having a stone thrown up into your radiator as small, and I wouldn't let that stop me from riding the bike if I had to. Safer to have it installed than not, but not a "show-stopper" like a missing radiator cap or a hole in your sump.
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Old 21st December 2017, 03:56 PM
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Friend of mine had a stone through the rad on his Honda Fireblade. Tiny gap for the stone to get through. Another stone cracked his screen.

Your rad doesn't look in overly great shape so I'd work out a way to protect it if I were you.
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Old 21st December 2017, 04:04 PM
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I'd be replacing that rad. It's pretty fucked.
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Old 21st December 2017, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Gixxer
I'd be replacing that rad. It's pretty fucked.

i just looked More canals in it than the death star.....

Yup, replace it, outer casng is falling assunder too.




@ Quetzalcoatlus the Pterodactyloid Pterosaur You'll get a rad on ebay UK for around 60 euro id say. Get shot of that one. Its only a case of when it will let you down, not if.
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Old 21st December 2017, 06:31 PM
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yea i think i will just replace it
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Old 21st December 2017, 06:33 PM
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U can use lock wire to secure the new guard , look up rrg radiator guards on eBay or book face , he makes great rad guards and they fit very secure, u wouldn't even need to secure them
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Old 21st December 2017, 06:36 PM
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Click the image to open in full size.
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Old 21st December 2017, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by levin
U can use lock wire to secure the new guard , look up rrg radiator guards on eBay or book face , he makes great rad guards and they fit very secure, u wouldn't even need to secure them
he's closed till the end of January!
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Old 21st December 2017, 08:04 PM
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i have a new rad cover for it just no mounting points
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Old 22nd December 2017, 10:26 AM
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a few bits of lockwire to hold the bottom on and you wont even see it.
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Old 22nd December 2017, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by fabiostar
a few bits of lockwire to hold the bottom on and you wont even see it.
Are you serious?

The rad's fucked. It probably has about 60% of its original cooling capacity, and putting a rad cover over it will make it even worse.
It needs a new rad.
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Old 22nd December 2017, 09:20 PM
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+1 for wot Gixxer said
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Old 22nd December 2017, 10:41 PM
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agh just give it a good clane
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