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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 2019, 4:52 pm Thread Starter
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I thought replacing all my hoses with silicone would be the best course after about 10 years time with the OEM hoses. First year was fine, but they're leaking now. I replaced all the clamps when I changed over and all needed to be tightened when I noticed the leak last year. Over the the winter, I had more weeping and could tighten the clamps even more. Seems like they compress more than rubber hoses. Should I have put some soft gasket cement or some other sealant on each joint? That will probably fix it, but a lot of wire brushing and other clean up the next time I'd be into the cooling system.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 2019, 8:35 pm
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Every w/c bike I've owned drips a little over the winter.
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So, your motorcycle weeps, not your guitar.
Treat her better, which means go riding more often.
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Hmm, it never did leak with the OEM hoses, maybe just luck. Once the body work is back on, it took quite awhile for it to drip on the floor. The insulation inside the lower panel was soaked by the time
I removed to investigate. I just left the left side panels off to be sure it was cured before putting them back on. Not a lot this winter, but it was dripping on top of the battery tender
That could have been exciting

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 2019, 3:33 pm
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Referencing back to the days when I used to do my own auto repair work, I always noticed that hose clamps needed to be snugged up after a change in seasons. This is especially true when new hose(s) are installed in the warmer months as you'll see some leaks when the temps drop. You only need to do this once unless you truly mucked up the hose install.

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Yeah, I get that. I was careful when I installed them during warmer temps and ran to operating temps and re torqued clamps. Thought it was all good and put body work back on. Didn't ride it much last year and noticed the moisture under it around the fall. Opened it up and noticed all the clamps could be tightened again. Also the clutch rod O rings were weeping because it was parked on the side stand. Easy fix on that.
It's going down for belts later on this year, so I'm not bothering putting the body work on right away. Looks like a Monster from the left, ST on the right :-)

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