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01 929 overheat issues

1) bike hit 227 degrees at stoplight the other day. got on freeway and it went down to 180-190.

Added engine ice to resevoir per manual. Resevoir levels unchanged in overflow, depsite high temperature. Radiator seems full when engine cold. Does this sound like water pump or thermostat? Im pretty broke right now, since im unemployed, so dealership is not an option. Downloaded free copy of shop manual, just wondering what you guys' experience might be telling you.
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1) bike hit 227 degrees at stoplight the other day. got on freeway and it went down to 180-190.

Added engine ice to resevoir per manual. Resevoir levels unchanged in overflow, depsite high temperature. Radiator seems full when engine cold. Does this sound like water pump or thermostat? Im pretty broke right now, since im unemployed, so dealership is not an option. Downloaded free copy of shop manual, just wondering what you guys' experience might be telling you.
Was the thermo fan running?
When you say the radiator "seems" full, do you mean you checked and it is full?

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Re: 01 929 overheat issues

yes. i checked when the bike was cold, the the level is just about to the top of radiator. Fan did come on around 212 or so. I only noticed because i tured motor off, and ignition back on to cehck
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Re: 01 929 overheat issues

If I had a concern about cooling, and was sure about coolant levels, I would clean my rad from the outside, between fins, etc., to make it as efficient as possible.
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Re: 01 929 overheat issues

i checked the radiator. it is clean and fins are 95% in tact or straight. where can i buy a new thermostat from? Im going to get it open in the morning. it is 100 outside here in dallas today
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Re: 01 929 overheat issues

Try the dealership or bikebandit.com or ronayers.com for a replacement thermostat. Not sure how much the online store will save you over the dealer. Most likely the dealer will have to order it anyway.

You may want to test your old thermostat once it's out (replace it even if it seems to work properly). At least you'll know if you should keep looking for problems. When was the last time the radiator was flushed?

If you had problems with the water pump, I doubt you would have gone back to normal operating temps once you started moving again.
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Re: 01 929 overheat issues

227 is maybe 3 or 4 degrees too high for a hot day at a light. Not too much to worry about it...If the fan kicked on, everything seems to working just fine. For the summer in Texas, try using a heat wrap on the headers....
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Re: 01 929 overheat issues

it hit the 227 at night time when it was about 85 or 90 out. i just got this bike from a guy who had no clue how to maintain a bike, and i dont even want to think about how he might have ridden it. it has 23000 miles. im sure it could use a tune up or valve adj., i just dont have the money right now. i will try to wrap the headers, since i have about 20 feet of wrap left over from wrapping the stack on my diesel pickup. maybe i should jsut flush the radiator, since im already going to be draining..
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Re: 01 929 overheat issues

anyone want to sell me a working used thermostat?
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Re: 01 929 overheat issues

I'm assuming that you tested your old thermostat and it's not opening at the correct temp or not at all. Asking for a used thrmostat is kind of like asking for used spark plugs. It's a wear item which means it needs to be replaced periodically so a used one is likely to fail sooner than later.

I did a quick search for you though. Bikebandit has your thermostat for $38.00. I also looked on ebay and found some folks selling the entire housing for $14.00 and up. They were used and looked like they still had the thermostat in them. However, for all you know you'd just end up with another bad thermostat. Plus, with shipping, you're pretty close to what the new one costs anyway.

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Re: 01 929 overheat issues

Maybe try running it with no thermostat. I did that on an old foreign car for the summer many years back when foreign parts were harder to come by.

Ran fine....
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I'd suggest just replacing the coolant and see if it's still a problem. Coolant needs to be replaced regularly and it's probably old anyway so you aren't paying for something you may not need. 227F _once_ is not hot enough to indicate a problem or to start replacing things.

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Since I assume Texas isn't particularly cold just remove it but take the time to warm the engine up before riding.

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Re: 01 929 overheat issues

i would go with what blade rider said. my 929 runs at about 92 celsius which is just under 200 fahrenheit. fan cuts in at about 102 celsius which is about 215 fahrenheit.so yours is'nt to fair of the mark and i do live in england which has'nt got the warmest climate
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Re: 01 929 overheat issues

thanks for all of the responses. i did try adding some antifreeze, maybe i should just bite the bullet and flush. never did get to take it apart the other day..will removing the t-stat all together present any other issues than longer warm up times?..it has been 95 to 100 consistantly for the past 2 weeks..hmmm
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