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bike is running about 230ish in 60 degree weather when I'm riding around town. highway driving is about 180s but stop light to stop light seems high to me and it's spitting a little anti-freeze out. it currently has watter wetter coolant, but will be changing that out to see if it helps. also need to know how to adjust the chain - I apologize in advance for my ignorance to the ducati world!!! please help?
 

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The temp sounds OK. What model/year?
 

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many thanks for the manual link, but I couldn't find how to actually adjust the chain on there?

ducpainter said:
The temp sounds OK. What model/year?
temps ok, huh? why would it be spitting fluid (only happened once) and everytime I shut it off the antifreeze gurgles a while...normal?

bike is a 1999 996 desmoquattro
 

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wlsmoku said:
many thanks for the manual link, but I couldn't find how to actually adjust the chain on there?

temps ok, huh? why would it be spitting fluid (only happened once) and everytime I shut it off the antifreeze gurgles a while...normal?

bike is a 1999 996 desmoquattro
That vintage SBK had problems with the coolant overflow tank. You might look there.
 

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vintage...ouch hahaha

pardon the ignorance, but what does SBK stand for?

I'll check out the over flow tank for cracks etc, thank you!

any place you fellas suggest for prchasing a new one if in fact that is my prob?
 

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wlsmoku said:
vintage...ouch hahaha

pardon the ignorance, but what does SBK stand for?
superbike
I'll check out the over flow tank for cracks etc, thank you!

any place you fellas suggest for prchasing a new one if in fact that is my prob?
As I remember they are not expensive from the dealer.
 

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by that vintage, he just meant those years, you know, like a fine wine.
 

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wlsmoku said:
vintage...ouch hahaha

pardon the ignorance, but what does SBK stand for?

I'll check out the over flow tank for cracks etc, thank you!

any place you fellas suggest for prchasing a new one if in fact that is my prob?
A.Duc.H.Duc. said:
by that vintage, he just meant those years, you know, like a fine wine.
That is exactly what I meant. Just that "style", as opposed to the 749/99.

Howie is right about the cost. It is much more trouble to get at it. I think it is kind of buried/hidden in the airbox mess.
 

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I didn't take any offense 8) - and MANY thanks for the replies with trying to help this rookie...I greatly appreciate it! I'll follow up with what I find!
 

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just fyi, finding an actual visible crack in the overflow tank's pretty difficult. It usually leaks around the center seam and you should see some coolant residue around there.

and yeah, ducpainter's correct, it does take quite a bit to get in there and remove it, you have to remove a lot of stuff...
 

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hiero said:
just fyi, finding an actual visible crack in the overflow tank's pretty difficult. It usually leaks around the center seam and you should see some coolant residue around there.

and yeah, ducpainter's correct, it does take quite a bit to get in there and remove it, you have to remove a lot of stuff...
my thoughts were to pull the lower fairings off, ride it around a little and let it get hot, then when it does, pull over and look for leaks, etc.

sounds like replacing it will be a frustrating event [laugh]
 

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my thoughts were to pull the lower fairings off, ride it around a little and let it get hot, then when it does, pull over and look for leaks, etc.

sounds like replacing it will be a frustrating event [laugh]
well, that will get you in the general area where the suspect leak is coming from, but you can't see the seam on the overflow tank without taking the tank off completely, good place to start though
 

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hiero said:
well, that will get you in the general area where the suspect leak is coming from, but you can't see the seam on the overflow tank without taking the tank off completely, good place to start though
ahhh - makes sense....that was my ignorance talkin. well I'll see what I can do. It def sounds like thats the prob though :mad:
 

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If it happens that's where you're leaking from, I've heard rumors that there's a DP overflow tank? that's less prone to leaking. I haven't actually seen anything like that though...
 
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