SE leaking radiator cap

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by superpimp, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. superpimp

    superpimp Adventurer

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    Hi guys,

    Long story short, bike was on side stand today then i put it up straight and the entire overflow coolant bottle gushed on the ground by the top of the radiator cap ( where the tube connect to some sort of flimsy elbow ).

    That elbow or whatever it is , is super loose you can press on it with your finger and see it move.

    Is there any aftermarket caps better than this? :huh
    This is the most ridiculous radiator cap i have ever saw.

    Thanks for any info.
    Dan
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  2. pfdskipper

    pfdskipper Westside Trash

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    No worries, the elbow does move around normally. The radiator caps have been known to develop issues. Take the cap off and clean any grease/grime that may have accumulated. Make sure that the hose enters the cap correctly. Make sure to burp the system as documented in the "HOW" section.

    If you still have an issue, Replacement caps are pretty cheap and a good part to have an extra one of lying around. I replaced mine at 10K. Miles.

    Munn Racing is a great source. (munnracing.com)

    All in all, a small issue to deal with when compared to the enjoyment factor of the ride!!
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  3. outbackflyer

    outbackflyer Of.

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    Dan, The elbow, (and its position) is a design fault and a critical week point , as if it gets a hit from a wayward stick in the bush, or your Safari tank takes a side hit and flexes onto it, you may dislodge it or break it off , its frustrating that they made such an awsome bike and fell short on such a simple design oversight,among others, (i loved my SE and should not have sold it).
    Check that the O ring that seals the swivelling 90 Deg elbow is not disrupted from its groove, and - as mentioned, no grime is upsetting its position.
    Cheers John.
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  4. superpimp

    superpimp Adventurer

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    Thanks for the info guys will do just that.
    Will pop off the cap and check inside if there is anything weird inside.
    If not will order a new cap...
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