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Leaky radiator

Post by Alchemistioan » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:07 am

Looks like I've finally joined the elite KTM 1290 leaky radiator club haha. 2016 Special edition with roughly 10k miles. Never wheelied & just noticed this today. The rubber grommets are intact btw. Assuming there's no manufacturer recall on this issue?Image

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Spiff » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:28 am

Never wheelied?🤯

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Aussie Dave » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:51 pm

Sooo, what's the dealership say (have you had it inspected yet?)....... surely it will be a warranty item if it is a manufacturing quality issue?

Ps No radiator guard??
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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Alchemistioan » Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:02 am

Haha baby wheelies only. I'm not a wheelie guy unfortunately.

I haven't taken it to a dealership yet although the one I bought the bike from is total trash anyway so I don't expect them to be any helpful.

Yes, no radiator guard. I didn't see any punctures on it.

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Spiff » Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:42 am

Alchemistioan wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:02 am
Haha baby wheelies only. I'm not a wheelie guy unfortunately.

Yeah, I don't wheelie either.😇🤥

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Joe1290 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:46 pm

Alchemistioan wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:02 am
Yes, no radiator guard. I didn't see any punctures on it.
Mine has just started to leak very close to where yours is leaking from and right behind the frame of the rad guard.

Bit of a piss off, though mine has clocked over 80,000km.

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Spiff » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:56 pm

How common is this? These are the first cases I have heard of.

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Post by Alchemistioan » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:07 pm

So upon further inspection, it's looks like it's punctured :(. Perhaps a small rock hit and punctured it.

Dropped it off to get it repaired, will update with a photo when I receive it back.

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Alchemistioan » Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:53 am

A local shop was able to fix the radiator. Here are some pictures of the fixed radiator. ImageImage

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Joe1290 » Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:28 am

Cheers for posting that up. I gather the repair is epoxy?

Mine is going to dealer Tuesday to initiate a claim. Not hopeful, but good to know repair is an option.

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Alchemistioan » Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:42 am

Joe1290 wrote:Cheers for posting that up. I gather the repair is epoxy?

Mine is going to dealer Tuesday to initiate a claim. Not hopeful, but good to know repair is an option.
It was aluminum weld.

The repair guy confirmed it was a stress leak and not a puncture

I skipped going through warranty process. KTM USA sucks and figured it's just better to get it repaired.

Probably putting some JB weld around that area to avoid future issues.

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Bootworks » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:22 pm

Spiff wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:56 pm
How common is this? These are the first cases I have heard of.
It's a known issue, not sure I would call it "common". I had a radiator replaced (under extended warranty) earlier this year.

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Alchemistioan » Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:11 pm

Bootworks wrote:
Spiff wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:56 pm
How common is this? These are the first cases I have heard of.
It's a known issue, not sure I would call it "common". I had a radiator replaced (under extended warranty) earlier this year.
I would certainly call it a common issue. So many owners have this exact issue. The radiator is designed poorly

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by vernonbc » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:23 pm

I have a 2014 from new and have never had rad issues. It would be interesting to see what the differences are between say my rad and rads that are prone to leaking. Of course I should say so far so good and knock on something made of wood.

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Post by Alchemistioan » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:30 pm

vernonbc wrote:I have a 2014 from new and have never had rad issues. It would be interesting to see what the differences are between say my rad and rads that are prone to leaking. Of course I should say so far so good and knock on something made of wood.
How many miles do you have on the bike?

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Joe1290 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:12 pm

Just had mine repaired a second time as it was leaking from the same area. This time the entire tube has been blocked off so here's hoping. I did notice that one of the bottom mount grommets was missing and the other was buggered, so all grommets top/bottom have been replaced. Now just got to get out and test it. Currently at 96,000km

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Roy » Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:01 am

I guess i am part of the club also,my 2016 started leaking last night in the upper left corner.no puncture marks radiator looks new.7500 miles. $490 bucks my cost,this sucks!

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Roy » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:35 am

Well i ended up having the radiator repaired and it lasted for a little while but started leaking again.so i bought a new one and it had a superseded part number so i hope it is a different designed radiator.i love this bike but if it is gonna need a new radiator every 7500 miles it will have to go.

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Bootworks » Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:11 am

It doesn't have to be that way: I had mine replaced and the new one has been golden.

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Re: Leaky radiator

Post by Roy » Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:46 am

I hope thats the case here also.

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