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Radiator Coil Cleaner
« on: August 29, 2015, 07:55:12 pm »
Yo, Trophy fans. I did some searching and didn't seem to find anything specific to this subject, so I'm wondering who out there can comment on the best way -- in your opinion or experience -- the best way to clean bugs and dirt out of the radiator coil or cooling fins. I've seen some products on-line that foam up, but in most cases it's done with the radiator off so water can then be used to flush from the backside out. And some cleaners are not meant for aluminum. (Is the TTSE's radiator made of aluminum?)

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Re: Radiator Coil Cleaner
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2015, 09:22:05 pm »
Bugs that have hit the radiator stick to the cooling fins
and are then literally baked in place from the heat of the radiator,
so the first thing to do is to soften them up again with plenty of water.

If you can use HOT water - in a spray bottle is good - this will soften them up quicker,
and if mixed with proprietary motorcycle cleaning soap or "Muck Off" type motorcycle cleaner - even better.

Leave it to soak and then use plenty of running water from a hose ( not Pressure washer )
to rinse the softened bugs away - the careful use of a SOFT bristled brush after soaking
can help loosen the stubborn "critters" prior to rinsing :028:



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Re: Radiator Coil Cleaner
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2015, 01:03:58 am »
Try spraying the bugs with Hydrogen Peroxide. Yep, the stuff in the brown bottle at any pharmacy. I use it to soften bugs everywhere on the bike before a wash. it will not harm paint or other surfaces and does a good job of loosening the little critters. I also use a 2 inch paintbrush to clean the radiator and other tight, hard to reach areas. A good quality paintbrush will be soft enough to cause no damage.

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Re: Radiator Coil Cleaner
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2015, 05:58:29 pm »
Some bikes are notorious for clogging radiators and consequently overheating, like the BMW K1300 series. A mate of mine had overheating problems during a trip in the Alps and cleaned the clogged radiator with high pressure water at a service station. This actually resulted in bending most of the radiator cooling fins closed.   :430:  So  beware!
We spend quite some time opening/reshaping the fins with a flat bladed screwdriver.
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Re: Radiator Coil Cleaner
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2015, 06:02:41 pm »
Try spraying the bugs with Hydrogen Peroxide....

If that doesn't work they should at least turn a nice Blonde colour  :001:


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Re: Radiator Coil Cleaner
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2015, 06:15:50 pm »
You need to be careful though.... If you bleach their hair they will instantly turn into psychotic German, super villains!
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Re: Radiator Coil Cleaner
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2015, 04:37:17 am »
Water and compressed air. 
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Re: Radiator Coil Cleaner
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2015, 01:54:53 pm »
Yep to any of the above, whatever feels like the simplest at the time works for me.
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