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Anyone add a second fan to your Gen 1?

Checking to see if anyone has hooked up a second fan on your Gen 1? I was working on my friends 08 CBR 1000rr and I noticed that they use two fans. My Gen 1 seems to run a bit warm, so I was reaching out to the board to see if anyone has done this yet. Thanks for the help.
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yes its been done and there is even a how-to with pics on here.....do a little search
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get samco hoses if you don't already everybody says they help lower temps.
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get samco hoses if you don't already everybody says they help lower temps.
Just curious, what is the difference in the hoses? how do hoses make temps drop?
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I would use WaterWetter or equivalent...lowers temp 10-20 degrees.
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Just curious, what is the difference in the hoses? how do hoses make temps drop?


Doesn't make sense to me. It's not like Samco's have fins. Maybe they just insulate less than stock? Flow better? Anyone know for sure?
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I would use WaterWetter or equivalent...lowers temp 10-20 degrees.
engine ice works great as well....i can't see spending $190 on aftermarket "colored" hoses when i can drop $40 on coolant that i know for a fact will drop temps by at least 10-15 degrees even here in the humid ass Houston heat!!!!! the 2nd fan is a fairly easy and straight forward add on, i had mine hooked up to a switch so i could turn it on at stops...worked GREAT!!!!!
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If you're worried about temps when cruising town, which is what most people complain about the second fan or even just a manual switch on the original fan will help. But don't waste your time and money on aftermarket hoses, WaterWetter, and all the expensive coolants that come out because none of them do anything in that situation.

I use distilled water and WaterWetter in my trackbikes because it's required. It doesn't make it run any cooler, especially 10-20 degrees. I tried EngineIce a few years ago on the street and it did nothing but make my wallet $40 lighter. I've never used the hoses because the plain old black ones that come attached are perfectly fine with me so I can't say for a fact that they don't do anything but like ted mentioned, unless they are made by magical elves they are just hoses. Brightly colored hoses, but still just hoses.

Sportbike engines make a ton of power for their size and that results in a lot of heat. On top of that sportbike cooling systems are designed to be barely adequate and most effective when the bike is in motion. That means there is pretty much nothing you can do to lower the temps that your bike runs.
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The hoses conduct heat better from what i understand so it gives the cooling system a little more surface area to dissipate the heat. Now it might make 1 or 2* i dont see it doing much more. They look cool though.
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If you're worried about temps when cruising town, which is what most people complain about the second fan or even just a manual switch on the original fan will help. But don't waste your time and money on aftermarket hoses, WaterWetter, and all the expensive coolants that come out because none of them do anything in that situation.

I use distilled water and WaterWetter in my trackbikes because it's required. It doesn't make it run any cooler, especially 10-20 degrees. I tried EngineIce a few years ago on the street and it did nothing but make my wallet $40 lighter. I've never used the hoses because the plain old black ones that come attached are perfectly fine with me so I can't say for a fact that they don't do anything but like ted mentioned, unless they are made by magical elves they are just hoses. Brightly colored hoses, but still just hoses.





Sportbike engines make a ton of power for their size and that results in a lot of heat. On top of that sportbike cooling systems are designed to be barely adequate and most effective when the bike is in motion. That means there is pretty much nothing you can do to lower the temps that your bike runs.
phastone is right or at least what I experienced...like phastone I experienced no significant decrease no matter what I tried and yes even the manual switch. What most don't realize is once the FAN comes on it's too late your bike is running hot but not in a bad way if it cools down after that or at least holds steady..the problem it seems with some 10Rs is sensors, thermostats, bleeding, or water pump...I hope to find out myself this year which one is the main culprit.
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