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Radiator removal - Don't do what I did

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 I have been continuing to work on this 2020 bike I've just bought. I wanted to get at the header pipes so I took the radiator off. Now I don't think anything has been off this bike before, so the hoses where stuck tight unto the radiator outlets. I thought I would set my gland pliers (water pump pliers) to grab the hose and wiggle it a little until I could release the grip it had on the radiator. This worked but when I got the hoses off my heart sank. I didn't think I had squeezed that tight but I must have.  I have to say as a word of warning, that radiator is as soft as butter.  Be careful if you are ever taking those hoses off and be as gentle as you can.


 Luckily I was able to turn up some plastic mandrels and gradually roll and swage the outlets back into round again. The fact that they're so soft helped. 


Hopefully that was a disaster averted, I will not know for sure until its filled again but it looks good.  The header pipe studs are going to be another nightmare no doubt !!



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S**t happens.... looks like you did a nice job of straightening it out.

Thanks for the warning 👍

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