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Coolant change

Post by Zombie Master » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:47 am

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I need to change my coolant and I see the manual requires the front wheel be raised 20 inches in order to purge air out of the system. How are you accomplishing this? I've got the KTM center stand that won't let me tilt the bike back. :o

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Re: Coolant change

Post by jhalfhide » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:18 pm

Ratchet strap through a loop in the garage ceiling.

Have you got a tree with a suitable branch in the garden?


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Re: Coolant change

Post by Zombie Master » Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:48 pm

jhalfhide wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:18 pm
Ratchet strap through a loop in the garage ceiling.

Have you got a tree with a suitable branch in the garden?


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No the type trees around my place would not be suitable. I have a bike lift, but I'm not sure I could keep the bike from falling over if I just put the front wheel on it.

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Re: Coolant change

Post by jhalfhide » Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:13 pm

I wonder if you’d get enough tilt on the centre stand if you whipped the rear wheel out?


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Re: Coolant change

Post by Zombie Master » Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:59 am

jhalfhide wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:13 pm
I wonder if you’d get enough tilt on the centre stand if you whipped the rear wheel out?


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The KTM center stand tang goes straight back 90 degrees, so you can't tilt the bike back at all :x

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Re: Coolant change

Post by Magic Wand » Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:55 pm

Hi

This is the way I do it:
1:st gear engaged (if the chain is attached...). Otherwisw, use a piece of wood or similar to stop the rear wheel not to roll backwards.

IMG_2618.jpg

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Re: Coolant change

Post by Zombie Master » Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:47 am

Magic Wand wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:55 pm
Hi

This is the way I do it:
1:st gear engaged (if the chain is attached...). Otherwisw, use a piece of wood or similar to stop the rear wheel not to roll backwards.


IMG_2618.jpg


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Hey that looks do-able. I have the same lift! Thanx! :D

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Re: Coolant change

Post by Magic Wand » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:53 am

8-)

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Re: Coolant change

Post by Zombie Master » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:32 am

What do you have under the engine; some kind of support?

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Re: Coolant change

Post by Magic Wand » Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:06 pm

Are you talking about the blue steel plate?!
Ohhh noo.. thats the ramp for the lift, to get the bike up on it the regular direction :)

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Re: Coolant change

Post by Zombie Master » Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:27 am

Magic Wand wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:06 pm
Are you talking about the blue steel plate?!
Ohhh noo.. thats the ramp for the lift, to get the bike up on it the regular direction :)

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Looking at your photo, there is a black section and under a gray section. Is that just the floor. It kinda looks like a box or something under the engine?

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Re: Coolant change

Post by Magic Wand » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:04 am

Haha :D

No, there is no box or something placed underneth the ingine.

The black thing is a rubber floor mat and you can see the extension of it through the rear wheel spokes ;)
The light grey area 'above' the black rubber mat is the floor. 'Under' the black rubber mat is another rubber mat, but in another direction ;)

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Re: Coolant change

Post by Zombie Master » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:19 am

Oh yea I see it now. I'll be attempting the same thing soon. Did have to take off part of the fairing (mask) to access the radiator? I have Maxima Coolanol. Hope that will be OK. Again thank you. :)

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Re: Coolant change

Post by Magic Wand » Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:45 am

Good! 8-)

You mean to fill coolant liquid in the radiator filling hole? No, but it is a bit tricky to fill the liquid. I do recommend you to use a funnel with a hose attached to it. Makes it MUCH easier!

I have no experience of Maxima Coolanol.
Maybe somebody else knows about that product?

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