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Old Aug 19th 2012, 03:17 AM   #1
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Loose Radiator Hose Clamps

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Check ya radiator hose clamps. All 4 of mine were way loose. My bike has 1100kms and has just come back from its first service. Pull the left hand side faring off and get on them with a 7 mm. Mine were not touched since factory and were almost finger tight. I'm prety sure all of our bikes will be the same.

Checking them is not down as part of the 1st service or recall checks. Bloody happy I chekced them because it was only a matter of time before a leak.
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Old Aug 19th 2012, 04:05 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Drogue Chucker View Post
Boys,

Check ya radiator hose clamps. All 4 of mine were way loose. My bike has 1100kms and has just come back from its first service. Pull the left hand side faring off and get on them with a 7 mm. Mine were not touched since factory and were almost finger tight. I'm prety sure all of our bikes will be the same.

Checking them is not down as part of the 1st service or recall checks. Bloody happy I chekced them because it was only a matter of time before a leak.

thanks DC
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Old Aug 19th 2012, 05:14 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Drogue Chucker View Post
Boys,

Check ya radiator hose clamps. All 4 of mine were way loose. My bike has 1100kms and has just come back from its first service. Pull the left hand side faring off and get on them with a 7 mm. Mine were not touched since factory and were almost finger tight. I'm prety sure all of our bikes will be the same.

Checking them is not down as part of the 1st service or recall checks. Bloody happy I chekced them because it was only a matter of time before a leak.
DC might be worth a mention to your dealer, might save some poor guy who cant drive a spanner the headache to make sure its made part of the first service(I'm looking at myself in the mirror about the spanner skills )
....I know triumph re torque check all their bolts at 1st service. Well they did on my mates 675r recently...
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Old Aug 19th 2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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Anyone else handier with a spanner already checked this?
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Old Aug 19th 2012, 09:50 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tip! Starting to think all of these were built on a Friday afternoon before cappuccino hour!
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Old Aug 19th 2012, 11:38 AM   #6
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Hum... something else to check this week, thanks for the heads up.
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Old Aug 19th 2012, 07:16 PM   #7
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Yep,

Notified my dealer this morning. I suspect as the bike heats up, cools down and generally beds in, there is a little movement (slackning) in the clamp tension. No biggie but nice info to share around.

My tech did state however that although he could not find the torque specs in the manual, he believes they should not be set too tight. He reckons they should have still been ok and would not leak as they were. I nipped mine up a bit but nowhere near as much as I would on my cars. Just be sensible about it.

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Old Aug 19th 2012, 11:15 PM   #8
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I've got over 1000 miles on mine now. I checked a number of things when I took delivery of my bike, the hose clamps being one of them because of things mentioned on this site. They were tight when new. I've checked them once since (at about 900 miles) and they were still tight.
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Old Aug 20th 2012, 01:38 AM   #9
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Mine is back at the dealer for the 2nd time getting a coolant leak fixed. Dare say that it would be a loose clamp. Could do it myself but thought I would get the dealer to do it under warranty.
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Old Sep 12th 2012, 09:21 PM   #10
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Found one tonight, broken clamp, not the screw type but the barb type, no idea on what to put on it.
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