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Hey guys, noticed a very slight leak where the top radiator hose on 03 connects to the steel pipe that runs along the frame just below the air box. Is that a heat shrink clamp holding it on and how difficult is it to replace yourself versus the dealer. Any information would be appreciated.

I am also looking for a used ignition switch with key/keys if anyone has one. Mine is locking up. Took it apart and lubed it up but stuck again on 2nd ride. Thanks
 

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The shrink hose clamp is made by gates and is available through NAPA AUTO PARTS.
It does require removing the hose to replace.
Several members just end up putting a regular worm hose clamp over it without making all the mess. I answered your key question in your other post
 

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Try hitting it with a heat gun. If that fails use a worm gear clamp like most.
 

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Just be careful with the heat gun. Power Coating just may melt.
 

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the clamp that holds the two steel pipes to the head has been known to wear a hole in the pipe closest to the head,i suggest thats more likely the culprit.i always remove and toss that clamp.
 

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the clamp that holds the two steel pipes to the head has been known to wear a hole in the pipe closest to the head,i suggest thats more likely the culprit.i always remove and toss that clamp.
I’ll check that as well. Thanks guys!
 

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Good grief what a dumb idea... I really dislike heat shrink wrap for clamps on hoses that get hot and cold. I had a few that leaked. I tried heating and worm gear clamping the old shrink clamps to no avail.
 

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I had to remove my battery and battery tray for access to one of them. You could look up ronnies h-d and order the clamps that are already on other places on your bike so the clampy clampettes are all pretty and blend in vs looking like a cheap rusty pos.
 

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MY 2007 with 150,000 miles still has the original Gates clamps in fine condition. No leaks ever.
 

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Shrink clamps are far superior to regular hose clamp. The offer constant clamping pressure where as regular you need to periodically snug them up as the hose takes a compression set. As with anything , they need to be correctly installed.
Ron
 

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I replaced all of my hoses with Samco sport hoses and clamps. Nice upgrade. They make a kit for vrod. You. An get them in colors as well.
 
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