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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 02-11-2016, 05:25 PM   #1
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So, couldn't find that much info upon this matter, and maybe I just suck at searching anyway.
Yeah, I was wondering about swapping my radiator.

Bike is vmax 1200 y.92 and they are known for operating rather hot and I was wondering of swapping radiator and placing it in front of forks.
So the old one has taken a bit beating and looks rugged.
How do I know which kind of radiator goes? since my radiator has 2 hose from down and one from up. And war is enough for that engine.

Also considering mounting radiator in front of forks.
Can I mount it at forks and get some flexible hose, that goes a long with steering?
Or better just make a bracket that holds it there?
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 02-11-2016, 05:29 PM   #2
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I have a '89 Vmax. The previous owner added a switch to manually turn the cooling fan on. There is also a thermoswitch from a certain model of car (a Toyota, I think) that replaces the stock item and triggers the fan to automatically turn on at a lower temperature.

I would try those two relatively simple and cheap tricks before going through the difficulty and expense of a different radiator and/or moving it.

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Yeah, Manual switch is the way to go anyway.
Its more for the look and well its cools better anyway.
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How about Water wetter? ?

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How bout a custom multi layer radiator. There are over half a dozen workshops in the country that makes em. Depends on how much are you prepared to spend. I'd reckon a custom rad would cost somewhere around 300-400.

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Yeah that amount for my budget is a bit too much.
But yeah, think I will install double fans and some water wetter.
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For stock performance, just keep the same size or slightly larger on the replacement radiator.

For mounting it on the forks, I would suggest against it as the hoses really don't like to be flexed that much and you would need 3-6" of travel depending on your turn radius.

You can frame mount it through the forks:


There is a 47 motorcycle that did it recently with fork mounting:


The hoses they are running are long (you can see them passing under the headstock), I am not sure how they cope with the constant turning.

Post up pictures with what you decide to do.
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