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Offline HertsTiger

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Radiator leak. Repair, oem replacement or eBay special?
« on: 02 June, 2020, 04:44:39 PM »
So I fitted my new radiator cap today. Not quite a direct replacement as grip lugs on the side meant  I had to loosen and jiggle the header tank so I could tighten it. Hopefully no more coolant stains on top of the helter skelter hose leading to the header. Sadly thats not the end of it.

Ran it up to temp and all seemed ok, but whilst refitting the bodywork the unmistakable smell of coolant is in the air. Turns out the matrix is weeping from at least one tube at the left hand end just above the water pump hose fitting.

Theres no obvious sign of impact damage so my fear is that coolant neglect has lead to perforations. One or two could probably be repaired, but if the whole rad is a colander in the making its replacement time.  If Im off work tomorrow Ill give it a few flushes and see if that opens up any more holes, but wondered if anyone can recommend a reliable uk based test and repair service?

Failing that I see a new oem is about 750 delivered, or a Shanghai special off the bay comes in at around 150 and may or may not be an easy fit. Any thoughts?

Steve



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Re: Radiator leak. Repair, oem replacement or eBay special?
« Reply #1 on: 02 June, 2020, 08:17:36 PM »
If repair is not an option, maybe (?) you can find a good used one?  Flame suit on - I know it's a risk of having the same thing.
« Last Edit: 02 June, 2020, 08:20:08 PM by turtle »
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Re: Radiator leak. Repair, oem replacement or eBay special?
« Reply #2 on: 03 June, 2020, 12:52:44 AM »
There are still good used ones out there but you have to study the pictures carefully. I came across one by chance a few months ago. Looked up the price for a new one ($976US), so $100 shipped seemed reasonable. I gave it a good clean and it was in mint condition, no dents or bent tabs, even all the fins were straight with no stone damage. Gave it a good coating of AFC50 and tucked it away with a few other bits I have found over the years, just in case. :002:
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Re: Radiator leak. Repair, oem replacement or eBay special?
« Reply #3 on: 01 July, 2020, 11:37:10 AM »
I went for the repair in the end.
The only used one available at the time had an interesting twist to its shape so did not hold much promise.

Mine was fully recored by West Mercia Radiators, ( http://www.westmerciaradiators.co.uk ) a company I found after a forum search that was actually recommended for an oil cooler repair.

Being an impatient skinflint it took longer and cost more than I would have liked but the end result seems good as new and it gave me plenty of time to continue with the 'new owner' job list.

All up and running again now and time to start getting some rides in.

Steve

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Re: Radiator leak. Repair, oem replacement or eBay special?
« Reply #4 on: 01 July, 2020, 05:15:46 PM »
*Originally Posted by HertsTiger [+]
I went for the repair in the end.
The only used one available at the time had an interesting twist to its shape so did not hold much promise.

Mine was fully recored by West Mercia Radiators, ( http://www.westmerciaradiators.co.uk ) a company I found after a forum search that was actually recommended for an oil cooler repair.

Being an impatient skinflint it took longer and cost more than I would have liked but the end result seems good as new and it gave me plenty of time to continue with the 'new owner' job list.

All up and running again now and time to start getting some rides in.

Steve

ps, No personal connection to the above, just a satisfied customer etc

I was chatting to these guys (westmercia rads) at the London Show back in January ,might have been my link
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Re: Radiator leak. Repair, oem replacement or eBay special?
« Reply #5 on: 01 July, 2020, 05:45:54 PM »
Is that the same company that set up making brass rad's for the 900's back in the late 90's.
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Re: Radiator leak. Repair, oem replacement or eBay special?
« Reply #6 on: 04 July, 2020, 08:36:07 AM »
On the topic of radiators....
has anyone found an inexpensive aftermarket source for rad hoses?

I think a straight piece of hose Cut to length might fit?

I ask as I have never replaced them in my 2012 , so may be due soon



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Re: Radiator leak. Repair, oem replacement or eBay special?
« Reply #7 on: 04 July, 2020, 09:55:32 AM »
*Originally Posted by Zevk [+]
On the topic of radiators....
has anyone found an inexpensive aftermarket source for rad hoses?

I think a straight piece of hose Cut to length might fit?

I ask as I have never replaced them in my 2012 , so may be due soon

Most of the hoses are different size each end, Samco are about the only aftermarket hoses available, not cheap but still probably slightly cheaper than OE..  Just checked , Im surprised, complete set of OE hoses around 80,   Samco are well over 100, but you'll never need hoses again
« Last Edit: 04 July, 2020, 10:06:03 AM by Timbox »
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Re: Radiator leak. Repair, oem replacement or eBay special?
« Reply #8 on: 04 July, 2020, 11:07:11 AM »
Yes I know about Samco they are not cheap...