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Old 03-15-2014, 03:00 AM   #1396
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I managed to get the plug out. There's no hole in the plug itself so I cleaned it and the plug hole in the stator cover. I put blue loctite on it and tightened it down pretty good. I'll see if it leaks tomorrow.
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:54 PM   #1397
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I bought mine from Blais racing services, link: http://blaisracingservices.com/

It doesn't remove the T.

I don't understand why someone would want to?

Unless your bike is different than mine, the T is integral to the cooling system.

Does anyone have "real life" experience or data that shows removing the thermostat is a bad thing? I ask because I've read a lot of peoples opinions on this, but have yet to see anyone post any personal negative experience regarding thermostat removal.

My issue comes after installing an Acerbis tank, my thermostat housing hits both my tank and my radiator, eventually it will destroy my radiator.

I'm not trying to start a "thermostat war" here, I would just like to see if anyone has actually removed their t-stat and has had a negative effect.

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Old 03-15-2014, 09:36 PM   #1398
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Does anyone have "real life" experience or data that shows removing the thermostat is a bad thing? I ask because I've read a lot of peoples opinions on this, but have yet to see anyone post any personal negative experience regarding thermostat removal.

My issue comes after installing an Acerbis tank, my thermostat housing hits both my tank and my radiator, eventually it will destroy my radiator.

I'm not trying to start a "thermostat war" here, I would just like to see if anyone has actually removed their t-stat and has had a negative effect.

As u know from above I've removed my bike's Tstat and I have a direct, in the radiator hose, real time temp readout that I can monitor while riding. If I'm cruisin' say 30 mph or greater I see the temp run around 160 degrees F. This is with an OAT around 80 degrees as it was today. When running slow of course the temp bumps the limit I have set on the controller for the fan and the fan kicks ON. With the fan running the temp stays around 220 but can go up (I've seen 240) if you're really working the engine and slow speed.......we do have a little bit of sand here in the desert.

So.....bottom line....I don't see any downside to having no Tstat for the weather and conditions I ride in anyways. The factory Tstat is a 158 degree unit.

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Old 03-16-2014, 03:36 AM   #1399
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Dave, did you have a temp gauge in before you removed the tstat? I know on some race cars, we'd actually see higher temps without a thermostat.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:57 AM   #1400
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Dave, did you have a temp gauge in before you removed the tstat? I know on some race cars, we'd actually see higher temps without a thermostat.
Yes I did and haven't noticed any differences to tell ya the truth......but I've only got about 500 total miles on the bike.....about 400 with Tstat.

I plan on riding a moderate amount here in the next couple/three months before the heat arrives and of course will be monitoring water temps and will report anything unusual.

Here's the unit that I use from TrailTech: http://www.trailtech.net/digital-gau...rature/722-eh5




And here's a really cool option to replace the thermostat and has a built in temp probe.....but don't know if it would fit with aftermarket gas tank like my Acerbis 3.0 gallon: http://www.trailtech.net/thermostat-...its-ktm-models





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Old 03-16-2014, 07:25 AM   #1401
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I don't see how removing the thermostat in a place like Nevada would be a problem. However in places that actually see cold temperatures I would think the engine would never get up to temp which is not good either. A couple weeks ago I was riding on the frozen trails and it was 7 degrees F. Even WITH a T-stat it took a while to get some heat in the radiators.
JMHO of course.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:45 PM   #1402
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I don't see how removing the thermostat in a place like Nevada would be a problem. However in places that actually see cold temperatures I would think the engine would never get up to temp which is not good either. A couple weeks ago I was riding on the frozen trails and it was 7 degrees F. Even WITH a T-stat it took a while to get some heat in the radiators.
JMHO of course.
Keeping the thermostat in makes sense to me if I was riding in 7 degree weather, a majority of my riding is in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California, where I don't do a lot of riding with weather below freezing. I think I will buy a temp gauge like the one Rider1 uses to at least monitor my temps.

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Old 03-16-2014, 09:38 PM   #1403
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Keeping the thermostat in makes sense to me if I was riding in 7 degree weather, a majority of my riding is in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California, where I don't do a lot of riding with weather below freezing. I think I will buy a temp gauge like the one Rider1 uses to at least monitor my temps.

Thanks for the replies.

That sounds like a smart plan
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:58 PM   #1404
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We drag race, and you dont need a thermostat for a race engine. But one thing on those motors, if the water flows too fast it cant transfer the heat properly. So we knock the center out to slow the water down. I would guess this might be the same concept for a bike. We also put a water wetter product in the radiator to help break the water tension, since we only run strait water.
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:49 PM   #1405
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anybody looking for a good deal on a steering stabilizer? I bought a new scotts setup, but before I mounted it I mounted up this GPR v3 setup I just took off a 06 300 xc and go figure it fit good and worked properly mounted up (only thing I was unsure of was the frame tower pin mount really)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321355200670...witem=&vxp=mtr
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:01 PM   #1406
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I took my 350 xcfw out for a 2 hour mudfest today. 3000 feet of elevation gain with a lot of roots, rocks and deep drainage ruts. What a great bike!
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:16 PM   #1407
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Did you sell Globetrottin rack and will you share your thoughts about it? I need a rack for the multiday adventures with my week old 2014 350EXC!!!
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:55 PM   #1408
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After 80 hours I finally had to replace the Headlight bulb. The hi beam went out at around 50 hours and the low beam went out tonight as I was headed down the street to the barracks tonight. It has been replaced with one of the Sicass Racing bulbs and I'll see how long it lasts in comparison.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:15 PM   #1409
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:52 AM   #1410
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Headed out on an "overnighter" this past weekend......5.3 gallons, camping gear, and no particular destination......

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