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I have made a start on it this morning, but I have some worries.
I know that at one point or another, radiator fluid is gonna come out of one of one or more of the hoses I take off.
I should note, that this is the first time I'm doing this so I don't have knowledge as to what hose carries what. I pulled off one of the smaller ones and BAM! fluid in the face.
Also, some of these hoses are on pretty tight, and they are old so they have started to deteriorate. I have taken the clip off and I don't want to pull on them any harder, because they will probably will break.
I don't have any rubber grease and have avoided using wd40 on rubber.
Any tips?

This is the main little shit in question, As you can see where I have marked with the arrow is where the nipple inside goes up to, so there is quite abit of pulling to be done:


I eventually gave up as I didn't want to rip it, so I moved to the other side of the tube:

that was alot easier to take off, but as I removed it I received a money shot radiator fluid? to the face. :-/

The engines gotta come off by tonight as I'm taking it down to studs first thing tomorrow morning.

Thanks :)
 

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if they are that old, wouldn't it be better to replace them anyway? it wouldn't cost that much either i don't think.
 

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nicko said:
if they are that old, wouldn't it be better to replace them anyway? it wouldn't cost that much either i don't think.
yes, and thats probably what i'l end up doing in the end.
But just for now I'm trying to be careful because I'm not sure what shit is gonna leak out when I take them off.

Would it be a good idea to take the radiator off first and drain that?
 

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ur supposed to move the clip back by squashing the tabs with a plier. it will be easier to take off that way ;)

if you did that... just keep pulling... if it breaks, well, you just saved your self having to cutting it off, cause thats what it will eventualy come to.
 

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The best way to get things like that off is get a flathead screwdriver and push (using the edge of the screwdriver) the END of the tube while someone else pulls gently (sounds bromantic). Instead of trying to get the screwdriver under the tube.
Hope that makes sense.
I've never done it, but I am sure that it'll be best to drain the radiator first.
I'm assuming that will give you more room to work with as well.
 

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Yes, the clip was off lol. That picture was taken prior to the tug of war.

I just called up stud and I'm all good now. He explained what I needed to know.
I found the drain screw with his help, but wasn't expecting radiator fluid to fly out that fast, and with such force.
Haha anyway, I ended up with another face shot of fluid. Even in the mouth this time. Good thing no one was there to see it.
Ended up grabbing a styrofoam cup thinking "yeah this will be enough to catch it all" and only realised there was about half a litre in there after the cup was overflowing.
Biggest fail yet I think. Half the garage space is soaked, however I have learnt my lesson (the hardest way possible) :lol:
 

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Alright, so after the above radiator fluid piss, everything went nicely.
I got that little hose off with the dull end of a plastic knife and alot of patience, and after draining everything, the rest of the hoses came off without too much issue.
I've been taking my time and learning about what purpose everything serves, and generally exploring that area of my bike, as I have never been there before.
I have to say it is quite satisfying and enjoyable so far.
At the moment I have everything removed except for the bolts keeping the engine to the frame. Waiting on a mate to come around and help me lift the frame off the engine :D
 

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RE: Any tips before I take my engine off? One last question!

They both pulled apart for me. Don't do it too hard though or you may break it.
 

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wish i read the flat head screwdriver tip before i took the fuel tank off today.. ended up using dolphin nose pliers and tore the end of the fuel line :(
 
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Lol at the cup to catch the entire contents of the cooling system. I forget sometimes how much of a noob noobs are.

My fault. I shouldn't take for granted want for me is common knowledge when your just learning about everything.
 

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Chrissybenn said:
wish i read the flat head screwdriver tip before i took the fuel tank off today.. ended up using dolphin nose pliers and tore the end of the fuel line :(
the fuel line is a bit tight
but if you get a mate to hold the tank and then slowly lift it up while you pull the hose off, it works fine
i did it yesterday without a screwdriver
 
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I use my small pick set to get between the hose and the pipe. I rotate this small pick (careful not to damage either) to break the bond between hose and metal/plastic pipe.

Remove small pick and using a twisting motion pull the pipe off. (waits for sick minded people to quote this and make it a sick statement)
 

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yeah shoulda got dad to help, the tank was a little heavy for my 12 year old brother lo

thanks for the tip stud, will definatly attempt this next time i take it off
 
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