17' 250x bashed radiator.
  • HeWhoAteTheCaviar
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    17' 250x bashed radiator.

    by HeWhoAteTheCaviar » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:36 am

    Over the weekend my friends and I decided to tackle the Boundary Trail here in Southeast Idaho and in the process of doing so I bashed in my left radiator pretty significantly. It isn't leaking any radiator fluid but i am concerned that the damage done will hinder the airflow through the radiator. Ive attached an image of the damage below. What should I do? replace it with an upgraded radiator or keep the stock one? i'm torn.
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    20. Pocatello Idaho. 17' CRF450RX
  • Back2-2
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    Re: 17' 250x bashed radiator.

    by Back2-2 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:01 pm

    That happens - don't sweat it. Radiator guards are priceless ;)

    Here is what I would do - take from it what you want.

    I would run some strong wire through the radiator in that damaged / pushed in area and use the wire to carefully pull out the dented section. Slow but sure and you can probably get that back to a pretty decent shape. May take some engineering to get the leverage needed to pull it out but where there is a will there is a way. I would not buy a new one unless that one is leaking and not repairable. There is such a insignificant change in the cooling from that dented area that I doubt it could be measured.
    Then I would mount some radiator guards and get back to riding. =DD
    Neil
    Black Hills of SD
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