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Radiator cap debris

While changing the coolant I removed the radiator cap and found this stuck to the inside. It was hard and crumbly like a deteriorated gasket but after cleaning the cap, all of the rubber was intact and in good shape. The coolant drained clear with no debris and I even flushed it afterwards to be safe. Still with none of the debris within the system. Anyone have an idea as to what this is?
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That would make sense. Didn't think about the overspray around the filler neck. Good that it stuck to the cap instead of floating around and clogging the pump. Thanks.
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I found the exact same thing when I changed my coolant. The coolant I drained seemed to be much thicker than the coolant I replaced it with (pre mix, 5 year long life coolant).
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There is also removeable flaking paint overspray behind water pump and thermostat.
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While changing the coolant I removed the radiator cap and found this stuck to the inside. It was hard and crumbly like a deteriorated gasket but after cleaning the cap, all of the rubber was intact and in good shape. The coolant drained clear with no debris and I even flushed it afterwards to be safe. Still with none of the debris within the system. Anyone have an idea as to what this is?
Fairing removal question: did you push the fairing forward or backwards once the screws are off? I have to change my coolant and I do not want to break anything behind during the removal.

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Fairing removal question: did you push the fairing forward or backwards once the screws are off? I have to change my coolant and I do not want to break anything behind during the removal.

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IF I'm reading your question right - once the screws are out, gently pull outward to pull the parts of the fairings that push into rubber bits that are on your gas tank.

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Screws off - then pull fairing outwards to pop it out of the rubber rings on the fuel tank and THEN carefulley forward. Take care not to scratch the silvery plastic around the headligt...

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I, too, had that gunk on my radiator cap. It caused the cap to function improperly and led to "burbling" of the machine after riding in hot temperatures. All I did was clean the cap and put it back on. I've had no "burbling" in a few years now.

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If you haven't drained your coolant yet, you'll be amazed how much paint over spray is in it when you do so.


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