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Radiator Mud Flap
Hi all, I thought I would share this.
One of the things that has bothered me about my '18 BF is how easily the radiator gets plugged. It surprises me that there is no attempt by Kawasaki to shroud or protect the radiator at all. I've done the install of an older radiator shroud to give it some side protection from mud flying up from the wheels. I've also added a temp gauge so I can monitor the engine temperature.
I really have been just procrastinating moving the radiator up. I know it is the thing to do, but I like using the front rack occasionally and also like the front storage compartment...
So, I decided to try something before our ride last weekend. I got a piece of thin rubber about 12" x 24" and hung it in front of the radiator, trimmed it so I could tuck it under the radiator and zip tied it to the headlight bars and front cross bar. It doesn't sit right on the radiator but is closer than I wanted. It left about 4" of radiator showing on top.
I was really worried that it was blocking too much of the radiator, but took some side cutters with me in case it started overheating and needed to be removed.
It didn't hurt the temp at all. I rode the first few hours avoiding as many mud puddles as possible just so I could test out the flap and make sure it wasn't causing any problems. The temp was normal the whole time. The fan wasn't running excessively either. It was a cooler day, temps in the mid to upper 60's.
Then we started hitting some deeper stuff. A couple of holes that were ankle deep over the floor boards. Usually it would start heating up pretty soon after something like that and I'd have to limp back to camp to try and clean the radiator. This time it was fine. I'm sure it isn't as good as moving the radiator, but I am happy that I can put that project off a little longer. I'm going to be going mud riding in a couple weeks and we'll see what happens then.
I'll try to get some pics if anyone is interested.