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Here we go again. Had found this leak which I think may have caused the head gasket to blow. Found a garage that supposedly could fix the leak but now its leaking in two different places. Does anyone know if you can buy a rebuilt radiator or maybe a new one. I'm starting to think about taking this thing swimming or maybe a good gasoline bath. Things just aren't going my way right now. Even buying vacuum gauges is a chore.
Anyway, going to try this thing one more time to see if I can get on the plus side of things. Maybe someone might have a good radiator for sale here, who knows. Thanks again everyone. For got to mention. 1984 1200 Aspencade

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What year, model is the wing you are needing the radiator for?
 

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Any good radiator shop should be able to re-core it. They do it with much smaller heater cores.
 

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Believe it or not there is not a radiator shop in this western part of Virginia that will work on a motorcycle radiator. Not within a fifty or more mile radius of Pulaski, Va. I spent most of one day driving from here to there trying to find someone to work on it without success. This is why I'm looking for a good used one or rebuilt one. There is a place locally that sells used parts but they don't have a way to pressure test a radiator.

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I'm working on an '84 right now and surprisingly the radiator is 33% smaller capacity than the GL1100 and GL1000 radiator!

Just wanted to share that.

Radiators come up on Ebay occasionally but I would make the drive to a radiator shop to recore it, you'll have a much better cooling system that way, who knows how long a used one will last.

Unfortunately the earlier radiator isnt a simple bolt on, some mods required.
 

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You might check with Frenchy, his business, Crescent Moon Cycles parts out a lot of bikes. Shouldn't really be too hard to find another radiator. I'm surprised you can't find a radiator shop, they are pretty common in most places.

http://www.crescentmoonunlimited.com/
 

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In a pinch (or if your super cheap like me) Alumaseal works awesome.

I've been using the stuff for years with no ill affects to cooling or the cooling system.
Other may disagree but that's my experience with it.

The last time was a couple years and 10k or so miles back on my 1100. It had a small leak, more like a oozing kinda leak. A 1/2 tube of Alumaseal then and more than a couple coolant changes since and the leak has never returned.
I'm so sold on the stuff it's on my packing list for long road trips.
 

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Funny thing is radiators are made from Brass,Copper and lead to hold it all together. At least the older ones are. Alumaseal to seal copper and brass.... funny
 

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I know,,,, I was just making stupid comparison. My bad. It does work. Old trick as well is a raw egg added to stop leak. Also black pepper works. I tried it once. Funny thing was when I finaly decided to change radiator I went to drain it and NO KIDDING made me want to go to IHOP for breakfast. the smeel as it drained was Maple surip(Anti-freeze)Eggs and pepper. Yum Yum . Dont EAT OR DRINK it.
 

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Early goldwing radiators can be rebuilt. Im not sure of a after market core for them.



If the tubes are leaking at the bottom of the tank in the center of the radiator right behind the tire, the tubes get thin kinda like sandblasting and thetubs getthin spots bulge and split. If that is the case then you are better off looking for a replacement.



If it is leaking at a seam where a tank attatches to the core or a neck is leaking it should only take a minor repair to get you running. It would be worth taking a tank off and roding out the core.




Good Luck

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I had leaking aluminum radiator from 07 bike after accident. First I straightened it by stepping on it. Then I brought it to rad. repair shop and guy fixed it with special stick glue. After repair radiator had very small leak which was fixed by coolant additive. I paid 50 for repair and $3 for additive. Not bad comparing to $350 new one.
You can probably install radiator from some another bike. It will not be easy.
Or you can just buy whatever is needed to fix yours yourself. It is probably propan torch and solder. Or buy special glue stick for radiator repair.
 

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dan filipi wrote:
In a pinch (or if your super cheap like me) Alumaseal works awesome.
Using one of the best radiator sealers ever made doesn't make one cheap! I remember using and seeing Alumaseal used 45 plus years ago. It is great stuff!

Also, both the egg and black pepper work in a pinch.

The key with any of these "fixes", as everyone knows, is that they all have their limitations.

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Look on ebay. there are plenty of them. Ive bought rad an fan for less than 75.00 it looked almost new. Prestone has a sealer that works great. Ive never really liked using sealers because it now in the engine as well. good luck
 

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Try an experiment. Go to your local drug store, get some liquid glass. Get your bike very HOT, Disconnect the radiator from the engine, and then pour in the liquid glass. Catch what comes out, and re-run it through. If it DOES stop the leak, FLUSH your Radiator after it cools, then reconnect the radiator to your bike.
Crazy, but possible. (Last Desperate Resort)
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Just my two cents worth.We are constantly reminded about silicates in the anti-freeze.What do you think makes stop leak work?
 

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Most any rad shop can repair it. You can usually braze or solder them yourself as well, not hard.



I will say this............I've seen both a failed thermostat and/or a failed rad cap cause ALL of the problems you seen.......blown head gasket, multiple leaks, etc, on other bikes and cars. The scenario is.....an old hose leaks, so you replace the hoses.....then a rad leak appears, so you fix it, then more leaks appear, so you fix 'em, then a head gasket or other gasket goes......you fix it. The whole time.......the problem is that the system is running over pressured and the weakest point pops a leak.



I'd take it to a rad shop and have it fixed, and install a new cap and thermostat while you're at it.
 

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Just my two cents worth.We are constantly reminded about silicates in the anti-freeze.What do you think makes stop leak work?
I hear ya.
I've never actually seen any documented proof stating silicates are harmful to our cooling system. Maybe someone can link to some real world testing.
Like friction modifiers and "Energy Saving" oil is bad for the clutch, is mostly hearsay.
 

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try the for sale/wanted page on this forum. some 1200 stuff for sale, if you dont see what u need send a p.m. and ask somtimes they dont post all they have.





just my 1/2 cent
 
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