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post #1 of 15 Old 09-13-2016, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Question Can headers be swapped without removing radiatior?

Question in the title. Is it possible to just loosen then radiator and push it forward enough to get the headers swapped?

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You can get the original headers off and on with the radiator moved but still plumbed up.
I needed a short hex drive with a spanner on it and various other extensions in 1/8 drive to do so.
But i will always avoid undoing a radiator hose if i can.
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I needed a short hex drive with a spanner on it and various other extensions in 1/8 drive to do so.
Do you mean 1/4" drive?
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people seem to think its possible but when i replaced my headers i found it easier to remove the radiator as i couldnt torque the bolts up properly without it removed.
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people seem to think its possible but when i replaced my headers i found it easier to remove the radiator as i couldnt torque the bolts up properly without it removed.
I ended up leaving the rad on while installing the arrow headers. It was doable, but definitely a pain. You can't get to the cylinder head bolts straight on anyways with the new headers, have to go from below.
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I'm wondering if I can tighten the header bolts to spec with the radiator unbolted. I really don't want to have to drain it and remove to check those 8 bolts...

Anyone have any tips?

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I'm wondering if I can tighten the header bolts to spec with the radiator unbolted. I really don't want to have to drain it and remove to check those 8 bolts...

Anyone have any tips?
You mean using a torque wrench? If you have a long enough allen bit, sure it can be done with stock headers.
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Loose the radiator mountings and you can fit a set off arrow headers with ease. I did mine no problems. Hardest thing was removing the rear shock to remove the flapper valve servo.
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I removed and reinstalled my headers fairly easy by just removing the radiator bolts and moving it out of the way leaving the hoses connected.
I never used a torque wrench though and just done them up firm, when I removed the bolts originally they were different in their torque settings , guessing they move with the running in of the bike.

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