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post #9 of Old 11-01-2015, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SkyDork View Post
No, DO NOT do that. That would be retarded. You'll do more engine damage revving it up like that without a load on it. I don't think you're understanding really how this all works. The bubbles are a result of the boiling. The boiling is a result of the head gasket. Two separate events have to happen here. You have to get the cylinder pressure up first, which lets air into the system. You then have to heat the coolant to near boiling. You're not going to be able to get that to happen by revving the shit out of the bike in the garage and standing next to it. It's not a constant stream of bubbles or an immediate effect. It's a build up of events that feed each other. And with the motor unloaded, the cylinder pressure will be lower than you want to test this fully.

Replace the cap and see how that goes. Stop worrying about the bigger problems until you eliminate the smaller, easier issues. Don't get ahead of yourself.

Likely the coolant smell is from the reservoir bottle overflowing and leaking onto the headers which gets burned off. Yes, you could have a pin hole leak in the radiator and it would cause this same issue. But there would be more evidence of a leak like that as you'd smell it more often than not. Again, the cap first as it's easy and prone to failure. From there, you could do a UV die leak detection of the fluid to see if it's leaking. After that, the troubleshooting gets more costly and more difficult.
Sounds good. Thank you. I will start with the radiator cap. Im assuming it has to be a brand new cap to make sure that this issue is eliminated for sure.
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