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Wen running hot the overflow of the radiator runs bak onto the radiator and exaust cause a big boil up and smoke everywhere. why is it getting so hot?

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The puke line for the radiator runs to the frame between the radiators. it's a bad location for it and very messy in the event of coolant loss.

yes they tend to run hot...
ktm has a great add on electric fan for your bike and it well help greatly. save money by installing it yourself as its easy to install.

also use Engine Ice or Water Wetter for better cooling.

I prefer Evans NPG, cost more but worth it!

Posted on Oct 06, 2009

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    Danny castle Apr 29, 2015

    sounds like a blowed head gasket

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Check that fan and water pump are working right

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