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    How bad is it to ride without a coolant bottle? If you keep an eye on your coolant level before you ride, do you need the bottle? If the bottle was lost in an accident, can something else be used or how does that work? Thanks.
    '98 TLS with a yellow box and some not-that-new tires.

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  • #2
    I've seen a few people run without them, with no problems. Just be sure to keep a good eye on it.

    I have also seen people use the small Gatorade bottles as an overflow. Might try that.
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    • #3
      Doesn't the over flow bottle act as an expansion tank as well? Is the position of the bottle relative to the rad critical?

      I need to find out about this cos my Triumph project is going to need a custom one making, as the place the stock one was, is now occupied by Bimota SB6 exhausts!

      Sorry for getting all non-TL on y'all, but the Triumph forum I go on is a bit blue board-ish !
      The Weaver bird has little brain, it weaves about from lane to lane... that'd be me then...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by stickboy
        Doesn't the over flow bottle act as an expansion tank as well? Is the position of the bottle relative to the rad critical?

        I need to find out about this cos my Triumph project is going to need a custom one making, as the place the stock one was, is now occupied by Bimota SB6 exhausts!

        Sorry for getting all non-TL on y'all, but the Triumph forum I go on is a bit blue board-ish !
        Its location in regards to the radiator is not that critical, just make sure the tube runs to the bottom of the bottle so when everything contracts it can suck fluid back in again and not air.


        I've seen a few streetfighters not running a catch bottle and they seem to have no problems. Me personally, I'd always use one, just incase it did get a bit hot and spewed coolant out, I'd rather it go into a bottle and not on my rear tyre. Also, I've never noticed any rise and fall in my own catch bottle, I think after refilling the cooling system and a few hot / cold cycles it sorts itself out pretty well.
        "I spent most of my money on Scotch, women and cigarettes. The rest I just wasted"

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        • #5
          It might be a good idea to have something for it fluctuate the fluid levels. Otherwise you might have a mess.......
          01' TL1000R Yel/Blk,Yoshimura RS-3, Aluminum Bolt-On, Carbon Fiber Intake, Russell Braided Lines Front/Rear, 41T Rear Sprocket Specialist, JPS Timing Retarder Eliminator, PC II, Zero Gravity Dark Smoke DB, BMC Air Filter, Yellow and Black Pro Grips

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          • #6
            And make sure if you ever drain and refill your coolant system, that you have an overflow because after a few cycles hot to cold it will suck your overflow dry
            '97 TLS, Two Bros CF C5 cans, PCII, air box mod W/ K&N, traxxion front forks, bitubo rear, TLR MC & calipers, Galfer lines, EBC rotors w/HH pads, 17/42, +mod, headlight mod, R1 regulator, Pro-tech frame sliders
            '00 TLR, M4 Full System w/ shortened cans, Airbox mod w/ BMC, PCIII, Ohlins Shock, 08 Busa Front End, Scotts Steering Damper, 09 GSXR Rear Wheel, 520 Conversion, R/R Upgrade, Headlight Wiring mod, +mod, gap mod, GSXR clocks, JoE Converter

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            • #7
              A new one cost less than $50, so why risk damagin the engine?

              But, anybottle that can handel 100degree C water would do. My frined have a R1 streetfigther with a plastic can. Works just fine(looks even greater!), and he doesnt run nice and easy either...
              TL1000R -99. Yellow/Black.
              M4 Full system(Alu), K&N Filter, TRE mod, removed Pair valve. Yoshimura clutch cover, removed Scissor gears, Carbon fibre hugger, carbon fibre rearhugger, HammerIt TLR/R fairings, Gilles Toolings rearset. Pazzo racing levers, shorties, Íhlins rear, Brembo front brakes, ET79 undertail, blah blah blah...
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              • #8
                Id build up something else and not buy a new bottle. Im not that impressed with it anyways. Mine is starting to develop a leak wear the mold the bottle together. So ill be looking to build one myself soon.

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