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    2006 zx1000, can't keep it cool...?
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    2core civic rad, 12"fan with tight fitting shroud. Will overheat after a period of time. Not sure why. Let it idol with cap off, I see water moving. Checked plumbing everything seems right. I found no bleeder for air on the top end... someone mentioned to check for that .. went to all AN fittings and hoses...

    from reading sometimes a cracked head or bad head gasket could cause overheating issues... how do I check for these problems myself? Thanks.
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    If you're not spewing coolant out the radiator then you're not absorbing combustion gasses...which really would eliminate that as a likely possibility for overheating.

    A bad head gasket may also just leak into the oil passages, but it will cause coolant loss, thus overheating from that angle, but you'll notice missing coolant and extra milky, nasty smelling oil.

    Is the radiator cap the highest point in the system?

    Does the fan ever trigger to come on?

    When it's overheating, is the radiator hot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by makenzie71 View Post
    If you're not spewing coolant out the radiator then you're not absorbing combustion gasses...which really would eliminate that as a likely possibility for overheating.

    A bad head gasket may also just leak into the oil passages, but it will cause coolant loss, thus overheating from that angle, but you'll notice missing coolant and extra milky, nasty smelling oil.

    Is the radiator cap the highest point in the system?

    Does the fan ever trigger to come on?

    When it's overheating, is the radiator hot?


    The fan is wired always on when ignition is on. Oil is always in great shape. Rad cap and resiv. Cap are on same plane at highest
    Level of system.
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    May still have air trapped, esp behind T-stat. Remove and try wo if ya can or drill a hole in the stat. If stat is original it may be bad and not opening. But my next concern would be rad is not big enough.
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    When it's overheating, is th radiator hot?

    How hot are you calling "overheating"?
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    Whats the temp? Is the cap holding pressure?

    It's the caps job to regulate when coolant is released into the overflow and retrieved from the overflow. If the cap is bad it can release too soon or too late and may not be able to retrieve coolant when needed.

    Another thing to check, is that the overflow tube is hooked up to the proper port on the radiator. Some radiators will have more than one port, you want to use the port that is controlled by the cap.

    Make sure the overflow tube from the radiator is attached to the bottom of the overflow bottle, it needs to be able to retrieve the coolant from the overflow bottle as the temp goes down.
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    When you say overheat, what are the temps you are seeing? These bike motors like to run hot.
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    It could be original!! I never replaced it. I will order a new one now just for funzies.
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    The gauge cluster is reading at 220, I consider 220 hot... and it will easily climb from 220 to 230. At 225 I go neutral where she stands and let it cool down. The rad is HOT. The air the fan is moving is hot also! It seems to be pulling heat from the system. My current thought is not enough volume, an in line cube shape tank with some alumn fins holding.... a gal? That shouldn't reduce flow or put more strain on the pump...? Or would it?thoughts?
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    I can't seem to upload any pictures I have taken, but if you look on my instagram brooksie2113. There are complete pictures of the build, shroud, AN hose work..
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