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post #16 of 23 Old 06-19-2009, 10:39 AM
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post #17 of 23 Old 06-19-2009, 06:56 PM
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Because of buying Hong Kong fairings that couldn't take the heat, I ceramic coated my headers at NitroPlate in Nashville. (We used this supplier for applications at Peterbilt when the exhaust was routed close to the cab underside to reduce heat).

The headers still run hot, but not as quite as hot as before (once I enriched the fuel/air mix with my Power Commander) to compensate for the header change.

Here's a photo of my headers before installation. This is the polished version. Note that where the temp is over 1300 degrees exiting the engine, the polished appearance will become flat.

Note that in the photos below, the black areas on the headers are reflections, not discoloration, as I had not put them on the bike yet.

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post #18 of 23 Old 06-27-2009, 12:40 AM
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Im having the same issue overheating

when you say burp...which cap are you removing til hot the resevoir or the radiator cap. Or could it possibly be my thermostat..PLEASE HELP
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post #19 of 23 Old 06-27-2009, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Down2Ryde View Post
when you say burp...which cap are you removing til hot the resevoir or the radiator cap. Or could it possibly be my thermostat..PLEASE HELP
Rad cap. YOu can also squeeze the hoses which might help displace some of the air pockets.
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post #20 of 23 Old 05-19-2019, 07:08 AM
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Is there anything besides water wetter that will work just as good. I’m about to flush my coolant system and saw all the post about distilled water and water wetter and coolant. Just curious. Mine runs on the high side but it just started doing it. I bought my A1 in October 2018 (2000) and it never happened until a couple days ago
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post #21 of 23 Old 06-25-2019, 07:30 PM
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Water wetter mixed with standard coolant coagulated in my 12. Didn't really make that big of a difference either. Flushed that crap out and ran distilled till clear, then coughed up a pretty penny and filled the old girl with Engine Ice. Worked far better for the dozen or so times I rode her before she stopped starting and got parked in a corner.

I may switch my new Vulcan over to Engine Ice as well. Seems to work pretty well. The 12 handled stop and go much better, and even ran a bar lower on the highway! Is good stuff, but kinda spendy.

As far as burping it, I've found tipping the bike over to be very effective. Discoverd that by accident (don't ask...cause I ain't telling....haha), and that's how I do it now. Gets the air out real fast and easy. Top the radiator off, and res tank and you're good to go.

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post #22 of 23 Old 06-25-2019, 09:52 PM
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I drainedy entire system and flushed, the filled with engine ice. Stuff is fantastic and MUCH better than Redline water wetter.

I actually had my whole radiator and all off, installed everything back in place, filled with 1 1/2 jugs of Engine Ice and let it sit for 3 days. No air period or burping needed. If course I was doing other things to the bike or would never be that patient haha.
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post #23 of 23 Old 06-26-2019, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Vincent Hill View Post
Here we all respond to a new member and he is not checking the board! Here I even know someone in ZA and really could give him some help there!
I'm a new member too and I'm not sure if the OP's lack of response is for the reason I experienced. I bookmarked the post I started in Safari on my iphone and when I would check the post, I didn't see any updates, even though I refreshed the page. I had to go back to the forum root page - ZX-12R - and then click on my post to see updates. I don't know if it's an iphone thing, or just my iphone, or what.
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