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While cleaning the radiator I managed to break the "hose nipple thingy" on the thermostat housing cover. Does anyone know how to remove the cover? I couldn't find it in the DVD repair manual. Replacement is ordered. $32.

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Yup, that was it! Just needed some lube. I also ordered the o ring. Wasn't sure if I needed but saw it on the microfiche and ordered just in case.
Speaking of thermostats, do any of you replace the thermostat during regular radiator cleaning and maintenance due to mileage or age? Mine's about 10 years old. Thanks for any advice.
 

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I鈥檓 pulling my radiator out this wkend. How did you break that nipple ? Just so I don鈥檛 do the same thing during my attempt to be a Mech for a day.
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Hi MotoTroph
I鈥檓 pulling my radiator out this wkend. How did you break that nipple ? Just so I don鈥檛 do the same thing during my attempt to be a Mech for a day.
I have Freddie Flintstone fingers hate working on fiddle bikes
Damian,
Do you have the maintenance DVD? If not or for those of you who don't have one here are some pages from it showing the removal of the radiator. They don't show the drain plug that is located at the bottom left corner of the radiator. It's a black plastic twist plug.

There are some body panels that will have to be removed that aren't shown in the pictures below.

I would suggest removing the front wheel to give you more room to work and then you don't have to remove the louvered piece until you get the radiator out. Also put some grease on the 3 grommets before reinstalling the radiator it will make things easier.

When refilling the antifreeze and bleeding the system have the bike on the side stand.

Give yourself a good 1/2 day for this job. Then go have a beer.
 

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Hi MotoTroph
I鈥檓 pulling my radiator out this wkend. How did you break that nipple ? Just so I don鈥檛 do the same thing during my attempt to be a Mech for a day.
I have Freddie Flintstone fingers hate working on fiddle bikes
I man handled it too much!

I'll take a photo of the hose this evening. It's the small hose. I removed the clamp and the hose was really on there. So I started to wiggle it back and forth and that's (I'm sure) what broke it. In hindsight, some sort of lubricant would have made this easier.
 

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Hi MotoTroph
I鈥檓 pulling my radiator out this wkend. How did you break that nipple ? Just so I don鈥檛 do the same thing during my attempt to be a Mech for a day.
I have Freddie Flintstone fingers hate working on fiddle bikes
A photo of the hose as indicated on page 9 of the first file from @Arizona Jim.

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I man handled it too much!

I'll take a photo of the hose this evening. It's the small hose. I removed the clamp and the hose was really on there. So I started to wiggle it back and forth and that's (I'm sure) what broke it. In hindsight, some sort of lubricant would have made this easier.
Yeah, I hate it when that sort of thing happens. Makes you feel like a booger pickin spaz doesn't it?
 
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