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Good day all
Got home Saturday afternoon from a ride and smelled that coolant smell. Saw coolant spraying onto the right brake caliper. Had to get the coolant level below the leak which was about half way up the right side. Looking like a stone hit.
Got it dried up this morning and put JB Weld on. Let it cure for 6 hours. Ran it for a minute and no leak. Went for a short ride and still no leak. Leaving the plastic off for a bit to keep an eye on things. My only concern is the difference of expansion rates between the aluminum and the JB Weld.
Plan to go to Fredericksburg this weekend and northern Arkansas for a COG ride next weekend.
Yall have a great day.
Your bike is a 2013, and I'm pretty sure by now that it has well over 100Kmiles on it. Isn't it time to put the ol' Beast out to pasture? I hope the 'JB Weld' patch holds, but I think you might want to consider having the hole professionally welded. Just my 2c.
Hope to see all you guys in the Near Future.
Ride Safe & Sane!
Hello RR! By your description I'm guessing it's a crack in the block? It is aluminum I assume? There are aluminum welding rods that only need a small hand torch to melt them and do repairs. I have seen them at Harbor Freight but any welding supply should have them. Youtube has a lot of videos, just look up aluminum hole repair. These explain do's and don'ts. looks really easy? I have watched aluminum boats repaired. One repair was to a large cooking pot. So it seems to stand up to cooking temperatures. Just my 2 cents! You may know more than I do about this already. Not sure it's of any help.
JU from Marlin
Guess I should have been more specific. The leak was in the radiator. I knew exactly what I meant. The JB Weld is holding just fine after several rides getting the bike up to operating temp.
I patched the leak and went for a ride with the plastic off in case I needed to do something else. After a successful couple rides I put the plastic black on. I had the windscreen off and it is surprising how much I have gotten used to the windscreen. Even though I ride with it on the lowest position most of the time. Just to get air on me.
Yall have a great day.
That definitely changes things. I thought it was in your engine block. I am glad the JB Weld id holding, and I hope to see you down the road!
Ride safe & sane,