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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-21-2005, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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I finally flushed and filled my 82 interstate over the weekend. The cap was original Cap. After wiping and scraping the cap we found the information we needed - in JAPANESE! He recommended a 16 psi cap. The manual states 10.3 - 15 psi. Is 16 too high? Will it hurt the bike? I haven't ridden it yet due to 30 degree weather. Any body have suggestions. My gut tells me this is bad.

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I would use a 13 or 14!

Don't know if 16 would hurt?

I'm sure some of these guys have experimented?1

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Higher preasure means that the coolant can take higher temps before boiling over. The main problem with a tougher cap is that if your bike overheats, more than just the cap may pop. (Hoses and such.) Manufacturers always build in a safety margian on these types of things, so there is a possibility that the 16 will work fine, but if possible, I'd try and track downsomething in the right range soon.

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Phil's right, 16psi shouldn't do any harm, but why take the chance? Of course over pressuring the system is a good way to see if all the hose clamps are tight!



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I knew I should not have put all the pieces back on! But its good practice! Thanks guys - as always its nice too know you're out there!

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One question that belatedly comes to my mind, why replace the cap? If all was okay before flushing, why not just put it back on?



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It was the original from 1982 - crusted up pretty bad and the previous owner appears not to have loved it as much as I do (oil was like black sludge, air filter literally decomposing in my hand, rear drive oil was almost empty etc)- based on what I am finding out as I recondition it, and since I had everything apart - thought why not replace? $6

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