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Gen 1 overheating problems.

Hi everyone! New to the site.I have an 04 zx10,original owner-love the bike.I cannot ride it if the temp is over 75 and I'm stopped for more than 5 min. at a light.I've done a lot to try to fix the prob. but haven't fixed it yet.Any info would be appreciated.Thanks.Heres a list of what I've done.1.Muzzys aluminum fan.2.Fan bypass switch.3.New T-stat.4.Flushed rad.with prestone.5.Using Engine ice coolant.6.Took rad. to rad. shop to test flow-its ok.6.Checked wtr. pump-its fine.I don't want to replace rad.-very expensive.
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So what are the other symptoms? Boiling the coolant in the overflow tank? How hot is it actually getting on the indicator? Leaking out anywhere?

Sounds to me like it's not holding pressure and that's usually due to a faulty radiator cap.

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Thanks.I forgot to mention,I replaced the rad cap also.It's not leaking at all.I'm not if it's boiling over into the reserve tank.The temp. got up to 234 the other day when I was stopped at a light.-not good.It's fine as long as I'm moving.I think I may have to do more flushing of the system?Maybe some the water passages are blocked.
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Left some words out.Really the only symptom there is,is when the bike is stopped at a light and the outside temp is 70+.It heats up within 5mins.The problem has been around for probably 5 yrs. or so.
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You could pressure test your cooling system with tool (free after return) from autozone to ensure 15psi is maintained. You could also try removing t-stat and running without one. Have you ever had silicate dropout occur with the green antifreeze that Kaw uses being used way too long. Looks like white or gray fine sand and will severely plug the radiator and cooling system. It takes a few flushes to remove it. Look in radiator and in water pump for white powder. You could also test coolant for combustion gases ($10 kit autozone) which tests for a cracked head or head gasket failure. HTH
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Yes,there is that white powder on and in the radiator.Those tests you mentioned sound like good ideas,I'll try those.I appreciate the info!Thanks a lot.By the way I see your name is DaleC.Mine is DaleB.interesting.
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Yes,there is that white powder on and in the radiator.Those tests you mentioned sound like good ideas,I'll try those.I appreciate the info!Thanks a lot.By the way I see your name is DaleC.Mine is DaleB.interesting.
You need to do more flushes until powder is gone. One guy did 4 to clean his. Take cover off water pump to see impeller and powder. Keep flushing until it is clean. Google for "silicate dropout". Your cooling system flow is plugged up. Also clean the powder sludge from your coolant overflow bottle. Sludge always collects in the bottom. HTH

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That makes sense.I will try that.Thank You for the info,It will be good to not have to worry about overheating issues.
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I had an 05', also a friend had an 05' i rode with very frequently, he had a Muzzy power package with a dyno tune and was always overheating. I had a generic tune from PC3 with similar upgrades.... and never overheated. Have you had yours tuned? If not you could have it tuned, it may be running a little lean....
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No I haven't had it tuned.I'll keep that in mind.Thanks
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