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Old 01-21-2008, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default O-rings on coolant tube - hardware store replacement?

Are these o-rings special? Is it possible for me to use a regular o-ring from the hardware store? The bike shops are all closed on mondays (not to mention that they will probably have to order it) and I am anxious to get the bike back together.
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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These are just o-rings. Pretty easy to replace, just drain the radiator first.
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Almost forgot the size is 21.5.
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Almost forgot the size is 21.5.
Thanks a bunch!! I am headed out to find a pair.
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Well, after a crappy winter day, driving all over town, I couldn't find any place that sold metric O-rings. I tried to match up one of the old rings with the stores new O-rings in SAE sizes but none looked right. I guess I will have to stop by the stealers on the way home from work tomorrow.
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OK. I got the new o-rings and put them on. Super easy if you take your time and use the fishing line trick. So, everything is giong great as I am putting the bike back together and I realize, I forgot to buy M/C coolant.....


Thanks for all the help!
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You don't need special coolant from the Honda shop. Use any type that is rated for use in aluminum radiators and motors. Several companies make it and you can get it at the local auto parts store.

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Thanks for the info. I will be test riding as soon as the cold front moves out.
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Would someone please explain the fishing line trick to change the coolant tube o rings. Never heard of it. Thanks
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OK... here goes my description of the fishing line trick.

Take the O-ring and two pieces of fishing line about 12-16 inches long (in this case longer is probably better). Imagine if you took a piece of the fishing line and on one end you looped it around and tied a knot so that you would have a 16 inch string with a little loop (the size of a dime) on the end. Do this to both strings but make sure to put the o-ring in each of the dime size loops as you tie the knots.

So, now you have two stings with an o-ring in the middle. This o-ring can now be pulled and stretched by tugging on the fishing line.

Take one of the lines and slip it from one side of the bike to the other side, then reach over the bike and grab it. Now you should have one hand on each side of the bike, and o-ring should be in the middle where you are about to install it. Using the fishing line to guide the o-ring, put the bottom of the o-ring in its groove and start pulling the fishing line up in a way that it pulls the o-ring into position.

After the o-ring is seated in the groove, you can take some scissors and reach in there and cut one side of the dime sized loop that you tied. After cutting ONE SIDE of the loop, simply pull on the line and it comes out.

Don't forget to use a little wd-40 on the new o-rings to help them slide into the cylinders, after let the bike sit for 45 minutes so wd40 will evaporate.

Then top off with coolant and go riding.
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