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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-17-2008, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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cooling system info.

I just wanted to share a few things I've learned working on spyders

Cooling system:
Spyders tend to run hot, at least out here in southern ca. it is normal for a gauge to reach full bars for the temp in traffic. If your bars rise all the way and the cooling fan is not operating, most likely the fan relay is bad. i have seen a few of these going bad. To verify, swap that relay with the headlight relay(same relay). Also, i have seen several spyders with people saying the engine overheat warning is coming on. Most cases, I have found the cooling system is fine. However after the unit is real hot and the cooling fan is on, the rider shuts it off before it cools down, this causes the cooling system to get extremely hot and bring the engine temp way above normal range. When the rider turns the unit on again, even after 5-10 minutes, now the unit is in limp mode with the engine overheat code being thrown. Just let the spyder cool down with the fan and then turn off and on the ignition. This should get rid of the fault codes. If you still feel there is something wrong, bring it to the dealer.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 09:15 PM
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cooling fluid everywhere

Sunday my wife rode her '08 spyder about 30 miles in mid 70's weather and when we stopped and parked all of the cooling fluid in the reservoir ran out all over the ground. It emptied the bottle and the temp shot up. I refilled the bottle with premix from the nearby auto parts store. Now she is worried if this is going to be a problem.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-03-2013, 08:23 PM
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Mine did the same thing on Sunday. 2012 RT-S. has 210 miles on it. Found that the coolant cap was only half way turned to tight. Refilled the bottle and watching it now.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-04-2013, 11:47 AM
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I would like to watch mine if I could see it? Also my hand is to big to get tot he cap. Guess that is a personel problem.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-05-2013, 10:40 AM
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RS Spyders

Hey for those of you riding the RS and RSS version of these bikes, Check out I just read about these. I believe I'm going to purchase some myself. It is suppose to force the air through the radiator and keep the engine cooler. (Less right side hot foot)

Hey if anyone that reads this please adive. Is that a good product/does it work? It is only $25.5 including shipping. I don't guess it would be too big a loss if product is not what they advertise.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-05-2013, 01:48 PM
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spyderpops makes good mods.. I have never heard of any one who has not been pleased with what he sells and what the quality is like

I have a bunch of his stuff on board

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-06-2013, 10:36 AM
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At spyderspops the product I was talking about is the air dams. They glue to your radiator so that the air goes through instead of around.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 08:11 PM
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Hi folks:
My 2009 SE5, (now about 17,000 km or 10600 miles), I bought in Washington, DC & rode home to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, runs too hot in my opinion! When I wear shorts, the plastic body-panels burns the insides of my knees, with only 5 bars on temperature gauge, runs mostly at 4 bars on highway!

Additionally, the digital display reads, "Brake Failure," but the brakes are working fine, but the rear-brake squeals like crazy only in reverse. Also, my bike back-fires, (when not riding on the highway) at least once per hour; the Mechanic at the dealer said, it doesn't need new plugs yet, so I asked to have timing checked; he said it was a 'major' undertaking, with facial expression/body language saying, "I don't want to get into timing today!"

Do I have reason to worry?
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 01:25 PM
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I also have a 2009 SM-5 Spyder. I live in Redding California where it really gets hot. I put the Spyderpops foam on the radiator and wrapped the exhaust with the 2" tape and it really made a dieeference. I highly recomend the Spyderpops foam, they really work.
To each his own, but I would never ever get on any motorcycle or whaterer that is open wheel ridding with shorts on. LONG PANTS AND GOOD SHOES. I have seen too many people hit the ashphalt in shorts and sandals and the road rash is terrible on bare skin.
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My rear brake squeeks only in reverse in the morning when i first take off. After the brake warms up the squeeking goes away.
I put the Tailgunner exhaust on mine so i get a lot of backfireing when i am slowing down as i am coming to a stop. Some people may not like this but i think it really sounds cool. I talked to several motorcycle mechanics and they said this won't hurt anything just noisy.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-30-2018, 01:56 PM
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F3 spyder

I have sport model....1st yr F3.......anyone have to gauge flashing HI TEMP....shut off immeadiate???? I had hose blow off due to clamp not being fastened tightly from factory. Anyways.....put new clamp on and put some 50/50 antifreeze in....but still over heating very quickly. Where can get scematic of cooling system...or any ideas on help???
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