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Old 10-22-2013, 12:50 PM   #15721
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Finished this mod on my TA couple weeks ago..better then factory lights definitely

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Old 10-22-2013, 01:05 PM   #15722
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looks cool!
you also made the glass cover yourself?
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:08 PM   #15723
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Thermostat

So I think I've figured out why my TA was running hot...



Thermostat wasn't thermostating...

Symptoms: it ran hot at freeway speeds & low speed - traffic / off-road. Also replaced the radiator cap and thermostat switch (85 degree vs. 100 degree switch) Results: Runs much cooler in all riding conditions - never more than about half way up the gauge and the fan switches on earlier in stop / go traffic & off-roading...
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:21 PM   #15724
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looks cool!
you also made the glass cover yourself?
That's not glass. It's plexyglass 2mm thick. I used old glass with the lines and made a mold with a plaster. Then i vacuum formed a plaxyglass and voila...Clear headlight lens :)
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:27 PM   #15725
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That's not glass. It's plexyglass 2mm thick. I used old glass with the lines and made a mold with a plaster. Then i vacuum formed a plaxyglass and voila...Clear headlight lens :)
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:58 PM   #15726
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So I think I've figured out why my TA was running hot...



Thermostat wasn't thermostating...

Symptoms: it ran hot at freeway speeds & low speed - traffic / off-road. Also replaced the radiator cap and thermostat switch (85 degree vs. 100 degree switch) Results: Runs much cooler in all riding conditions - never more than about half way up the gauge and the fan switches on earlier in stop / go traffic & off-roading...
My TA also run a little hot I think, at what point of the thermometer does the fan should go on? ( I can't see the temperature on the 600 )

Ladder106: thanks for the answer! I'll keep that in mind and I'll check!
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:37 PM   #15727
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The fan normally kicks in approx. 3/4 in the normal operating section of the gauge. My fan now comes on at about the 1/2 way point. (w/85 degree c fan switch)

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My TA also run a little hot I think, at what point of the thermometer does the fan should go on? ( I can't see the temperature on the 600 )

Ladder106: thanks for the answer! I'll keep that in mind and I'll check!
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:45 PM   #15728
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The fan normally kicks in approx. 3/4 in the normal operating section of the gauge. My fan now comes on at about the 1/2 way point. (w/85 degree c fan switch)
Mine too start a 3/4 of the gauge. So, different thermostats make the fan go at different temperatures right? Do you have to change the thermostat to change the temperature at which the fan goes on? ( it's probably a stupid question, but I don't know about these things, sorry )
This summer I felt like my leg was cooking, I could use a cooler transalp for slower riding, like during offroad...
Even during winter, if I pass too much time in stop and go traffic the bike goes very hot and the fan start. I don't know if that's normal even for cold temperatures.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:48 PM   #15729
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Do you happen to know the size? I'll order some aftermarket stuff.

It's still at the shop, I left it on my shelf until the other came in. If I can remember, I'll open it when I go in and measure it.
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:22 AM   #15730
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Mine too start a 3/4 of the gauge. So, different thermostats make the fan go at different temperatures right? Do you have to change the thermostat to change the temperature at which the fan goes on? ( it's probably a stupid question, but I don't know about these things, sorry )
This summer I felt like my leg was cooking, I could use a cooler transalp for slower riding, like during offroad...
Even during winter, if I pass too much time in stop and go traffic the bike goes very hot and the fan start. I don't know if that's normal even for cold temperatures.
Hello Spina,

The thermostat controls the temperature of the coolant in the engine.
The fan is switched on by the temperature switch on the bottom of the RHS Radiator.

There is a company in the USA who sell switches that activate at a lower temperature (ie, 85deg C). They were trading on ebay as
motorsportbm But they don't appear to be trading any more on ebay??


Hope this helps.


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Old 10-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #15731
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Mine too start a 3/4 of the gauge. So, different thermostats make the fan go at different temperatures right? Do you have to change the thermostat to change the temperature at which the fan goes on? ( it's probably a stupid question, but I don't know about these things, sorry )
This summer I felt like my leg was cooking, I could use a cooler transalp for slower riding, like during offroad...
Even during winter, if I pass too much time in stop and go traffic the bike goes very hot and the fan start. I don't know if that's normal even for cold temperatures.

You will still feel like your leg is cooking, a lower temp. thermalcoupler switch in the radiator to kick the fan on sooner won't make that much difference on the outside engine temperatures. You are feeling the heat from the header pipes and the water temperature won't affect that at all.

There was a time when thermostats actually did come in different opening heat ranges but I have never seen one for a motorcycle.

Make sure your fan harness connection and ground connections are clean and making good contact.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:18 PM   #15732
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Made a trail stand today. Used the bottom of a shower bench that was my mothers and an old shower curtain rod. Got some rubber feet, and a hook from the hardware store. A few bolts and a strip of aluminum and a couple of clamps. I've been riding around for several months now and no flats, but you know what's gonna happen now.

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Old 10-23-2013, 05:23 PM   #15733
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Gonna put this out here before I go thru the trouble of posting pics and starting an add in the FM ,


Would anybody be interested in a complete MINT wheelset ,

was pulled from bike with less than 800 miles on it with original tires .

Hoops , Hubs , Spokes , etc , MINT condition .

Front = wheel assy only
Rear = wheel assy with sprocket and rotor , ( if I remember correctly )

PM me if interested .
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:45 PM   #15734
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You will still feel like your leg is cooking, a lower temp. thermalcoupler switch in the radiator to kick the fan on sooner won't make that much difference on the outside engine temperatures. You are feeling the heat from the header pipes and the water temperature won't affect that at all.

There was a time when thermostats actually did come in different opening heat ranges but I have never seen one for a motorcycle.

Make sure your fan harness connection and ground connections are clean and making good contact.
Good point on the ground connections - the fan switch ground is located just inside of the right radiator and is exposed to the elements. Mine was rusted over and took some dremel time / steel brush action to get clean...
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:47 PM   #15735
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Nice job on the stand! Also like the engine guard / skid plate - who makes (made) it?

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Made a trail stand today. Used the bottom of a shower bench that was my mothers and an old shower curtain rod. Got some rubber feet, and a hook from the hardware store. A few bolts and a strip of aluminum and a couple of clamps. I've been riding around for several months now and no flats, but you know what's gonna happen now.

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