Help...Honda CR450F Radiator

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2/20/2012 3:05 PM

I recently had a 'mild mishap' at PirMX that severely tweaked and damaged my left radiator, my Works Connection guard, the air fins, and the plastic shroud of my 2005 CR450F. Horror stories have been passed around about the cost of an OEM replacement radiators, that look to run about $175 each. However, I've found many on EBAY for approximately $100, right and left! And Free shipping, with a 1YR warranty!!! They claim to be larger and better than stock.

I'm VERY skeptical. Has any one made a similar purchase or have knowledge on these EBAY after market radiators? Thanks!

Here's a link to just one of many on EBAY...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/R-L-Honda-CRF450R-2005-2006-2007-2008-05-06-07-08-aluminum-radiator-/280692081517#vi-content

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2/20/2012 3:11 PM

I wondered about those myself, there's also some chinese ones for cheap. For that price it might be worth a try. I took the safe route and waited for a used OEM one when my yz250 needed one. Still cost me $85.00

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2/20/2012 3:15 PM

Just go to Mylers. They can repair yours (and do excellent work) or sell you new ones that they(a real radiator shop) say are good.

http://www.motorcycleradiators.com/newshop/index.php?route=product/category&path=1&page=3

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2/20/2012 4:17 PM

wondering the same thing 21, I need a lefty.

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2/20/2012 10:25 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I clicked on the link above from 'Newmann' and they sold theirs for $135 each. However, much like the chinese ones, these too are oversized, which is why I was worried about the chinese ones lining up with all the original stuff on my bike. Why can't they just stick with the exact same size and make my life simple.

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2/20/2012 11:11 PM

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2/20/2012 11:21 PM

I've gone a few rounds with the cheap China oversize radiators. Construction / Quality wise they're actually pretty good, but the fit / engineering is terrible. I had an 08 CRF450X that I got a set for, that model has a fan. The radiators didn't have any tabs for fan mounting or the temperature sensor insert. I told them about it & they said it was fine as is, I responded saying that meant I would have to eliminate the fan & I'd hold them responsible for any overheating - they built me a new radiator. They don't take any regard of how making the radiators larger imact other items. Had another set for a DRZ where one of the coolant outlets on the left radiator faced directly into the exhaust pipe. I was able to gradually bend the outlet, so the hose could be connected.

In every instance I was able to get them to work, but took a bit of effort on my part.

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2/21/2012 12:57 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/21/2012 12:57 AM

Check out ICW. Really Really good people over there. I messed my radiator BAD and sent it to the guy over there and he was able to make it look like new. Only charged me about 45 bucks if I remember right. Dude even took the time to talk moto for a good while. Their bike stands are tough as nails too!

And no I'm not affiliated w/ the guys there at all, jus some good dudes (or dude) that takes care of customers. I should have taken a before and after photo cause mine was pretty jacked.

heres a link or url - http://www.icwbikestands.com/Site/Home.html

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2/21/2012 11:31 AM

I've seen tons of radiator twisted and punctured. They can be repaired. Call the guys at Radiator Works in Northridge. I know Russ at Pit Pros sends his there.

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2/22/2012 10:52 PM

Thanks Guys for your replies. Much appreciated! I'll let you know the outcome when I get a chance to fix this mess. Thanks, Rudy.

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