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1984 ninja, bought a week ago. overheats. took the inside out of the thermostat, pump looks good. radiator clear (i work at a radiator shop) engine runs smooth. cooling fan fed direct power and the engine climbs steady to red at idle. pulled the head. no obvious problem. is there anytthing i should have my eyes open for? are these bad for gasket failure? warped head? any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Is thier any odd smoke coming out the exhaust? if the smoke is whiteish that would be a head gasket.

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