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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Just got a '04... some questions/concerns

Hi all, I just got a '04 that was streetfightered out. I love the streetfighter look. I owned a fully-faired '05 which I had to sell due to no income. I finally got a good job recently and got myself this '04. If you could help me with some concerns I have with the bike, that'd be awesome.

The previous owner said he took the bike in for a 12,000 mile service "according to the manual." Oil change, spark plugs, coolant flush. The coolant hoses looked like this:

The muffler, which I'm assuming was stock (I hope?) looked like this. Is this weird? I'm in New York.

The coolant reservoir jug was cracked and leaky. The previous owner had a new one that he hadn't installed yet. He said it's a hour's job at a mechanic. Is this true? Can I ride the bike around, or should I immediately get this replaced?

And last of all, what the hell is this? I've taken the fairings off my '05 and never saw anything like this. I asked the P.O. and he didn't know. Should this be a concern?

Much thanks if you can help me out with assessing my new bike!
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1. Looks like the some coolant just got on the outside of the hole and it turns like that. Give the hose a squeeze to see if it's good or not, look for more cracks and that's about it. A good hose will be firm to squeeze, and go back in it's position quickly after you let go, a bad one will feel spongy and be slow to return, or be very hard and not flex.

2. Just some rust, not a big deal.

3. I wouldn't even use a mechanic for that, with the practice I've had I could swap that thing out in 15 minutes on a 04.

4. lol what on earth is that, is it connected to anything or just strapped on?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 10:39 PM
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1. Tighten that clamp, then do as Steel said.

2. That's welding there. Means he was using a clamp that's too big on that pipe. Won't hurt it, but sure is ugly.

3. Yep, 15 minutes with an 8mm socket, an extension and a ratchet.

4. That's his charcoal canister. Means you somehow got a California spec bike. Either leave it be or do a Kleen Air Mod. Either way it'll be fine.

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Looks like a loose clamp to me yo.
I had that happen.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-17-2012, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the helpful info guys! I'm glad my concerns aren't that bad. It was a good deal considering that it was $2800. I'm just astonished that I got a California bike. Adds to the aura of the bike!

Is there a guide for replacing that coolant reservoir jug? Do I have to drain the coolant system to get to it?
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-01-2012, 06:51 PM
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Search around online and you'll find a pdf of the service manual for your bike for free. It will go through it step by step with you. You definitely don't need to drain the coolant system, just rip off the old one, and if there's any coolant in there use a turkey baster to get it out. If anything spills, wipe it up, and expect your bike to smoke for a few minutes once it gets hot from the residue burning off.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 06:08 AM
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Lol that charcoal canister looks like a walkie talkie in the pic. I didn't realize they were hoses, and thought that was an antenna sticking out. AHHHHHH the FBI is tracking your location through GPS!!!!!!! lol
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