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    Are RSV's prone to leaks??

    I fixed the last leak on my RSV (as per previous thread), I replaced the 'spring clip' with a jubilee clip.
    However, after leaving the bike running in my garage for a bit yesterday, I came back to more coolant on the garage lino!!
    It's not leaking from the same place.
    The bike got up to around 78C running temp, it wasn't overheating (the fans hadn't come on)
    I haven't had time to whip the fairing off and see whether it's a leak or an overflow.
    Are they leaky bikes at the best of times, or should I expect zero coolant loss??

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    Not had any probs leak wise with my Gen 2 Factory, don't think there prone to any probs leak wise.

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    Hmm, must be another blown spring clip then.
    Oh well, fairing off time!!

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    I've had a little leak from the crap clip but nothing since replacing it ( so far) trouble with pressure systems liquid will always find the next weak point. Definitely worth a proper look behind the plastics.

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    Did you swap the clips around the thermostat housing behind the coolant reservoir?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Did you swap the clips around the thermostat housing behind the coolant reservoir?
    I think they were all changed I had a garage do it last year when she had the coolant replaced. Not had anymore problems so I would imagine he done them all.

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    if your bike "like mine" is fitted with frame bobbins {mushrooms} the nearside bobbin had wore a tiny hole in my alloy coolant pipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Did you swap the clips around the thermostat housing behind the coolant reservoir?
    Haven't had a chance to whip the fairing off yet.
    But I think I'll change as many clips as I can easily reach for jubilees.

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    Right, whipped the fairing off.
    Hard to tell where any new leak is coming from, although there was a drip of coolant hanging from a pipe coming from/to the thermostat.
    And the thermostat itself has white furry residue suggesting it's leaked before.
    It's jubilee clips around the thermostat already.
    I also noticed small pipe coming from oil cooler on LH side of bike had a drip of oil.
    Do you think I should just replace the spring clip there, or the whole pipe?
    I'm concerned that I could crush the pipe if I use a jubilee, the diameter is so small.

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    The coolant and oil pipes on my 2003 were looking tired so I replaced with samco and other matching pipes from local auto factors (non-AP).
    I used correct hose clips (screw type). Standard jubilee will bite into the hose material.
    Samco recommend 6Nm for their hose clips.

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    Thanks, I'm aware I need to be careful and not use any old jubilee clips.
    I go for one that say are safe for silicone pipes.
    Out of interest, how do you torque hose clips?
    A torque wrench with a small socket, or do you get screwdrivers with torque settings?

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