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How do you clear your radiator?

OK. How do I clean all the dead bugs out of the radiator. Looks like crap and I want to clean them out without hurting the radiator. I don't want to use a high pressure washer as I've seen radiators striped of the fins from those. Any cleaners and tips that will help make the job eazier?

KLR's that same way but there's a "guard" so you dont see the radiator BUT I need to clean it to for cooling reasons if nothing else.

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OK. How do I clean all the dead bugs out of the radiator. Looks like crap and I want to clean them out without hurting the radiator. I don't want to use a high pressure washer as I've seen radiators striped of the fins from those. Any cleaners and tips that will help make the job eazier?

KLR's that same way but there's a "guard" so you dont see the radiator BUT I need to clean it to for cooling reasons if nothing else.
I usually spray some sort of degreaser / bug cleaner and then use a soft bristle brush and let them get saturated good and then brush off..I try to do this after every ride so there is no build up..

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As needed, I spray it off with a garden hose from the back (via the sides) first, then the front, then use an 18-volt battery operated blower to blow off the water - back then front.

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I usually spray some sort of degreaser / bug cleaner and then use a soft bristle brush and let them get saturated good and then brush off..I try to do this after every ride so there is no build up..
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I know it sounds funny, I have a bird that cleans mine. Never fails soon as I get home he is there waiting on me to go inside. Got some pictures somewhere of him hanging on and eating a warm cooked meal. No harm no foul so I let him have at it.
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Most do it youself carwash pressures are set between 900-1100psi if your still worried just don't get the wand to close to the radiator. A 3500psi pressure washer can drop to 90psi or anywhere in between by changing the tips.

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Most do it youself carwash pressures are set between 900-1100psi if your still worried just don't get the wand to close to the radiator. A 3500psi pressure washer can drop to 90psi or anywhere in between by changing the tips.
Most pressure washers are powerful enough to bend the fins on the radiator.
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local car wash no.....Most pressure washers yes. But by putting on the correct tip you can make the pressure whatever you want lower than what the pressure washer top psi is rated at. Don't let the different color tips throw you off thats only the spray angle.White Tip 40 degree Green Tip 25 degree Yellow Tip 15 degree Red 0 degree never use this tip unless you want to destroy something. By changing the orfice you can lower the pressure.A garden hose it at about 90 psi. Used to sell pressure washing equipment and chemicals. Heres a chart that will help.....http://www.powerwash.com/quick-conne...t-nozzle-chart


Example if you have a 3500psi 5.0gpm washer and you want to lower the pressure to 1500psi locate the desired pressure in the top yellow column then take your finger and go down to the gpm of your machine without going over then go all the way to the left to get your orfice size.

Normal nozzle for 3500psi 5.0gpm is orfice size 05 then just add the angle you want say 25 degree so you have a 2505 nozzle

Nozzle to lower 3500psi 5.0gpm washer to 1500psi would be orfice size 08 so for a 25 degree angle you need a 2508 nozzle with that the same machine now delivers 1500psi at 5gpm. the gpm never changes. You can lower the pressure of any washer but you can't make one produce more pressure than what the pump is made for...

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I know it sounds funny, I have a bird that cleans mine. Never fails soon as I get home he is there waiting on me to go inside. Got some pictures somewhere of him hanging on and eating a warm cooked meal. No harm no foul so I let him have at it.
shouldn't this be no harm to the fowl?
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Make sure the bike is completey cool before messing with the radiator. The metal fins are very soft when the rad is hot.
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I know it sounds funny, I have a bird that cleans mine. Never fails soon as I get home he is there waiting on me to go inside. Got some pictures somewhere of him hanging on and eating a warm cooked meal. No harm no foul so I let him have at it.
Just my luck, I have three parrots here and all they want is seeds...and to chew the wiring!

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