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    Radiator guard may damge radiator!
    on: Jun 19, 2020, 06.01 pm
    Jun 19, 2020, 06.01 pm
    I just want to alert riders who have installed radiator guards to occasionally check to make sure the guard is not scuffing against the radiator fins.
    I have a Radiator Guard from Beowulf and I noticed my rad was leaking. Upon further investigation I noticed both top corners were chaffed from the guard and the upper left corner of the rad is leaking.
    Hopefully, the r4adiatpr shop will be able to repair it. Otherwise replacing the rad will be very costly.

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    Re: Radiator guard may damge radiator!
    Reply #1 on: Jun 23, 2020, 02.17 pm
    Jun 23, 2020, 02.17 pm
    Sorry to hear of your problem. Not really why you bought a guard!
    I hope that you are in touch with Beowulf towards any costs of restitution and perhaps for them to re-examine their product.
    I hope too that an inexpensive solution is possible!
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    Re: Radiator guard may damge radiator!
    Reply #2 on: Jun 23, 2020, 03.13 pm
    Jun 23, 2020, 03.13 pm
    Thanks for your concern robinreliant . I added the radiator guard to protect the radiator. LOL. It's too exposed to road debris and rocks when I travel on gravel roads. Having said that, it didn't pay off. The radiator is repairable and is presently at the radiator shop. I will reinstall it but I'll make sure it doesn't rub on the radiator fins. I will be removing the guard and checking for damage on a regular basis. It's been on my CT for at least three riding seasons and I have approximately 67,000 km. I should have checked it annually.

    As for contacting Beowulf, I think it would be a waste of my time. The reason I started this topic is to let the rest of the CT owners to check for damages if the have any type of radiator guard on their bikes. It may be rare for such damages to occur but it's a good practice to check it. I very pleased that it is repairable.
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    Re: Radiator guard may damge radiator!
    Reply #3 on: Jun 23, 2020, 07.29 pm
    Jun 23, 2020, 07.29 pm
    Hi, I did worry about that when I fitted my R&G rad guard but fortunately it was supplied with adhesive rubber pads that fit to the fins and, if necessary, hold the guard off the rad fins.

    Hope you can get yours repaired.
    Regards, Dave

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    Re: Radiator guard may damge radiator!
    Reply #4 on: Jun 23, 2020, 08.51 pm
    Jun 23, 2020, 08.51 pm
    There were some adhesive foam pads but they were compressed and slid off position. It must have worked for a couple of season but eventually became overly compressed and ineffective.

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    Re: Radiator guard may damge radiator!
    Reply #5 on: Jun 23, 2020, 09.23 pm
    Jun 23, 2020, 09.23 pm
    Thx for that .......mental note to self! :152:
    Regards, Dave

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    Re: Radiator guard may damge radiator!
    Reply #6 on: Jun 24, 2020, 10.29 pm
    Jun 24, 2020, 10.29 pm
    Updated...
    I brought my bike to a local shop ( not a dealer). The problem that caused the radiator to leak was not the radiator guard as I presumed.

    Since I never removed the radiator before, I must a assumed that a Honda dealer technician removed the radiator for servicing and cross threaded the upper bolt and snapped it off. This caused the radiator to rattle into the guard and therefore rubbing into the fins to the point that it caused it to leak. I have a good idea which dealer it is but it's no used to bring it up, I'm convinced that I  will get no where. I'm just happy that it's fixed.

    The local shop had to remove the broken bolt and redo the threads, There was also another bolt hole that has to be re-threaded as well. Sometimes shops use power tools to do the repairs and it's very easy to over tight or cross thread a bolt. I guess the radiator guard is a good item to have on the CT after all.

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    Re: Radiator guard may damge radiator!
    Reply #7 on: Jun 25, 2020, 07.57 am
    Jun 25, 2020, 07.57 am
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    Regards, Dave

     



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