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  1. tgmotz

    tgmotz ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Hi everyone. The Mishimotos are having fitment issues. Luckily, with a hammer, vice grips, and a whole lot of lube, I got them installed without the fins.

    Problem now is I need a slightly longer (extra inch long) than OEM rad hose for the lower right rad connection to the engine.

    Is my hose shorter than yours? It's highly possible that the previous owner of the bike had done rad swaps and I don't actually have a properly sized OEM rad hose as shown below. It's an inch too short.
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  2. whywhyzee

    whywhyzee ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I have a 2012 DRZ400s. My right lower rad hose is about 3 inches. But it seems to come straight across where your hose turns down at the rad connection. That may be the difference. I have about 1 inch clearance between the exhaust pipe and rad pipe,

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  3. y2ktm

    y2ktm ODSC Executive

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    If your stuck and just want to ride..go to CT and buy some properly sized heater hose. It works fine on most of the lines on the DRZ as most are relatively straight or have enough room for a little extra hose to bend around the corners. I ran a piece on the top rad hose for most of the bikes life and it was fine. Not sure about the lower but it will get you running while you wait for a new one.
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  4. tgmotz

    tgmotz ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I'm a blonde at heart... what's CT?

    edit ** DUH! Canadian Tire. Wow I didn't catch on there.
  5. tgmotz

    tgmotz ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Ok folks. Here's a side by side of the OEM rad and Mishimoto. Notice the bottom spout is shorter on the Mishimoto. This made all the different with the OEM rad hose that connects that bottom spout to the engine. Now I've got an automotive rad hose that is not as flexible or moulded as the OEM rad hose. There are kinks in it and I don't expect it to do a good job at all nor last long either. Only time can tell at now so I'll post updates as they arrive. Hopefully this thread will be around for a while.

    Here's what Mishimoto's final words are to me after they asked how can they assist and I tried to pitch some ideas to them to help me out.
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    If we do decide to come out with a product that matches your description, we will be sure to contact you.
    Please let me know if there is anything else we may assist you with.
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    No help. No offer to refund or replace. Now I know why it's cheap and I'm not surprised. Fluidine or OEM it is from this point forth.

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  6. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    Basically the cheap radiator has no tangent length to the elbow (extra straight bit). Consider cutting an old elbow off the damaged rad and see if it could sit between your two locations. Join it up with two short sections of straight hose. This would be better than a kinked single section of hose.
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  7. tgmotz

    tgmotz ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Problem solved. Looks like I'm a true amateur mechanic. My neighbour came over and was able to some how make the OEM rad hose fit just enough to get some clamps in place so I can finish the job.

    Now it's down to the test of time like with everything else. I still have faith in the Mishimoto advertised longevity. Let's see after a season.