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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-01-2015, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Radiator fan hitting shroud after Poor Boy Conversion.

Finishing up on my Poor Boy Conversion. When I installed the radiator and got the electrical hooked up I ran the fan to make sure that it would not contact the radiator, and it did not. Started the bike and everything was fine; however, when the engine heated up the fan started contacting the shroud. When engine was cold there was no contact. The fan blade was contacting the shroud at the 1 o'clock area. I used a screwdriver and pushed the shroud up and the contact moved to 11 o'clock! Engine was hot, not overheated, and it made it difficult to do much. I am going to try again tomorrow when I get home and the engine is cool.

I sure hate to pull the radiator again. Any ideas on what to do? I though about trimming the blades, but if I don't get them trimmed evenly, I am afraid it will induce vibration. Of course it might be impossible to trim with it installed.

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i'd just trim the blades if that's what needed,considering to amount of time the fan actually runs,dont think that imbalance would be a problem,once you take the fan off you may see what the real problem is
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I believe trimmimg the fan blades is part of the deal ..... as I recall.
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I may have overlooked that step. Now that you mention it, it seems like I read that somewhere. I know after all of the adjustments if was fine and then when installed and cold it was fine. Started after warm up. I hate to take the radiator back off, but if I must. It would probably be faster to take the radiator off than to try to fix it place.

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On my 81 I, I had to trim the blades, Cut one Blade then use it as a pattern for the rest of them, Charlie
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Thanks guys. I guess the radiator is coming back out!

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Pulled the radiator and trimmed the fan blades. Put everything back together and fan ran great. Idled until it had 5 bars on the temp and started fan. No rubbing and cooled the engine. Now to finish the mods on the left fairing.

Thanks for the help guys!

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Poor Boy complete! Test road this evening and everything was great! Thanks for the help and encouragement! It sure felt good to be back on the bike again!

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