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Old 08-22-2011, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Extra cooling fan?

I've read a few threads here in regards to engine temps and the V's ability to keep the engine cool. However, here in Las Vegas the air temp on the road can easily climb to 120 degrees. On my last bike that had a radiator I had to add an additional fan and an override switch so I could start the fan sooner to keep it from boiling over.

With that said, for those of you living in areas where it regularly gets over 100 degrees, have you had any issues with the V not being able to keep it's cool?

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With that said, for those of you living in areas where it regularly gets over 100 degrees, have you had any issues with the V not being able to keep it's cool?

Thanks.
No problems at all. We see 100 a lot around the house during the summer. The airflow coming out of the engine area during the summer can get hot on the inside of your legs though. Glad I tend to wear riding pants.

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As long as I don't put on the radiator guard/cover I bought for it, it does fine. Once I put on the cover the fan stays on a lot more.


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As long as I don't put on the radiator guard/cover I bought for it, it does fine. Once I put on the cover the fan stays on a lot more.
THAT is a most excellent bit of information!
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I have the same problem here in southern Arizona. If I'm going less than about 35 MPH up a hill on a 100+ day (loaded trucks are numerous) my temp light will come on. Is there a super-cooling solution?
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I have the same problem here in southern Arizona. If I'm going less than about 35 MPH up a hill on a 100+ day (loaded trucks are numerous) my temp light will come on. Is there a super-cooling solution?
Hutch from motoforum.net was already working with HEL in May to develop an oil cooler kit for ER6.

http://helusa.com/catalogue/oil-cool...oler-kits.html

http://www.motoforum.net/index.php?s...1&#entry239048

There are also billet aluminum finned oil filter like weljo has, which provide some additional cooling.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=15749

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Any updates on the oil cooler?
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It uses an M20 X 1.5 oil filter sandwich adapter, which moves the oil filter out by about 1"... Should be ready soon:

"When ER6 engines are tuned they are known to run a little hot so rather than fitting a larger radiator and making spares more difficult we have decided that an oil cooler is the best option."

http://alexhutch77.blogspot.com/2011...ping-cool.html

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It uses an oil filter adapter, which moves the oil filter out by I guess about 3/4"... Should be ready soon:

"When ER6 engines are tuned they are known to run a little hot so rather than fitting a larger radiator and making spares more difficult we have decided that an oil cooler is the best option."

http://alexhutch77.blogspot.com/2011...ping-cool.html
That looks bitchin'. It will interesting to see if it actually lowers the temps much.
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I saw this yesterday on AdvRider and it gave me some ideas.
This is an aftermarket oil cooler mounted on KTM 990ADV.

Or is it better not to fix what isn't broken?

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Well i drove across tx,az,nm,and ca. this summer fully loaded plus i'm 270lbs plus gear. No heat issues at all steady at 80+mph. Have an algard engine guard which cuts down on some air flow.Also an Solid Stainless Steel Radiator Cover. But i have an billet aluminun oil filter which helps and i also have a Therm-O-Bob.


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It's not an issue of it overheating while riding. It's when I'm stuck in a traffic jam or have to wait through 3 traffic light sequences. On my old bike (a KTM), just having the one fan blowing through the radiator wasn't up to the task.

However, the fan on the V is much larger and on the KTM the radiators were split and only one side had a fan. I guess I'll just ride it and hope for the best.
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Some european alpine mountain pass junkies have mounted a manual switch to have the fan run also on demand. They switch it on before the engines turns hot from to much uphill racing.

But that probably won't fix "too hot at 80 mph flat"-issues. If it is an issue. Do you hear a bubbling sound after stopping?

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That oil cooler looks like it'd be a fun, interesting project. It'd be nice if you could actually measure the oil temp in a before/after manner to see what the change is.

I'm betting you'll be just fine as is, though...
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Maybe a temperature gauge that screws in place of the oil plug?




Here is one that would work with Versys /ER6n.
http://www.louis.de/index.php?topic=...LE650A&lang=en

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I assisted Poochar in installing an oil temperature gauge with the standard 1/8" pipe thread temperature sender installed in the oil pressure access plug (3/8" pipe thread) with a 3/8" NPTF male to 1/8" NPTF female hex reducer bushing adaptor. Oil pressure access plug is down in front of your oil level sight glass.

http://www.discounthydraulichose.com...ss_p/33220.htm
(33220-06-02 | 3/8" NPTF Male Pipe x 1/8" NPTF Female Pipe (Brass) $0.98 $0.93)

Oil pressure gauges as used by the dealer have various interchangeable fittings for different applications, including 1/8" and 3/8" pipe thread...

You can also order the 3/8" male to 1/8" female pipe thread adaptor to read engine oil temperature, from your Kawasaki dealer... Kawasaki # 57001-1233 -GAGE, OIL PRESSURE.
$5.56 from http://www.cheapcycleparts.com/Street.aspx

Poochar got the adaptor at Home Depot, and installed a Koso temperature gauge... Temperature gauges can be used for oil or coolant.


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Machog's laser temperature readings of engine surfaces:

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Nice hot day (by our standards) in the Pacific Northwet, about 85.

Measured the external engine temp just above the cooling fins at the top of the engine with laser thermometer.

Left side got to just over 200 with engine at idle and fan came on at 208 (not sure how accurate my Harborfreight thermometer is, but close enough). Right side ran a bit cooler 183.

Middle of exhaust got to 111.

Volts that are around 14.4 at idle didn't seem to be affected by the fan motor, dropped a tad when fan kicked on and then back up.

Someone was asking when fan kicked on the other day for the rest of you.

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