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mister44
04-25-2015, 9:08 PM
Bobbing my first VLX and I'm thinking of good coolant overflow tank replacements. I've read that the overflow tank needs a small hole so that it isn't pressurized. But I see a lot of pics of people using Jack Daniel's bottles and I'm really digging' that...but do people drill a hole in the glass near the top or something? I'm not sure how people are doing this exactly. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

DustyDave
04-25-2015, 10:01 PM
Just need a tube that runs to within 1/4" of the bottom or ends in a 45 degree angle or sharper touching the bottom and a vent hole in the cap. I thought that this Sapporo can was kinda unusual.
<a href="http://s657.photobucket.com/user/dustydave/media/Before09128_zpsaf8a9d84.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu299/dustydave/Before09128_zpsaf8a9d84.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo Before09128_zpsaf8a9d84.jpg"/></a>
Dusty

mister44
04-26-2015, 12:47 AM
Thanks for the help Dusty...do you know anyone that has used something like this?
http://www.weapon-r.com/products/2045-coolant-catch-tank-honda-ruckus-coolant-catch-can-w-o-viewer

...and that Sapporo can is a little more than unusual haha

DustyDave
04-26-2015, 1:34 AM
Thanks for the help Dusty...do you know anyone that has used something like this?
http://www.weapon-r.com/products/2045-coolant-catch-tank-honda-ruckus-coolant-catch-can-w-o-viewer

...and that Sapporo can is a little more than unusual haha

I cant tell from that ad if its a vented overflow catch and return or a pressurised part of the active coolant system like lots of modern cars use. As long at it sucks up the coolant from the bottom and is vented it will work. First one I ever saw was a Coors can wired to the overflow pipe on a 57 Chevy.
Dusty
Dusty

mister44
04-26-2015, 1:55 AM
Thanks for the insight Dusty, I'lll look into it more...really appreciate it!

kiwibob
04-27-2015, 1:20 AM
Don't know if you can get these state side but I used an old copper pyrene fire extinguisher
Gave it a hearty wash then threw some left over gas tank sealer in it just to cover over any left over nasty shit
http://i956.photobucket.com/albums/ae46/darkslide2010/AE50FC1E-E192-4C5D-8711-CAB88303EDB2.jpg (http://s956.photobucket.com/user/darkslide2010/media/AE50FC1E-E192-4C5D-8711-CAB88303EDB2.jpg.html)

sdustin
04-28-2015, 6:39 PM
Antique liquor bottle. craddle made from sheet metal and rivits, mine works fine got 1k miles like this no issues.http://i1146.photobucket.com/albums/o528/sdustin/Mobile%20Uploads/CAM00687_zpsq9wwcgrh.jpg (http://s1146.photobucket.com/user/sdustin/media/Mobile%20Uploads/CAM00687_zpsq9wwcgrh.jpg.html)

darcnic
05-06-2015, 7:17 PM
I'm thinking of this as well. Got a small Gentleman Jack bottle thats dying to get installed. Any issue with mounting it to the front of the radiator?

EVILBLACKSABRE
05-06-2015, 10:30 PM
I would never use a glass bottle for a coolant reserve. Both I and my bikes have been hit by enough rocks while riding on the freeway to imagine what can happen if a rock hits a glass bottle. I have plenty of chips and dings in my forks to remind me. I also have plenty of dings in my radiator from my own front tire kicking up small rocks.

darcnic
05-08-2015, 4:53 PM
Noted Evil, thanks for the advice. Back to the drawing board...

sdustin
05-09-2015, 8:28 PM
My glass bottle has 3.5k miles on it. Not busted yet.

Joel1999
02-20-2018, 6:16 PM
This is my overflow bottle, spent about $11
81977


This is a video with a parts list......

list.https://youtu.be/ZU58Ls7puCE

Joel1999
02-23-2018, 3:18 AM
82033

ch33zy
05-28-2018, 4:54 PM
82033

Two questions: the video is amazing in showing the steps but I didn’t see the tuning inside the bottle. I assume you ran a section of tuning to the bottom of the bottle to pickup coolant for return.
Secondly, did you add a small amount of coolant to the overflow bottle to get the system “started”, or is it ready to run after simply attaching it to the bike?

Exit39
05-29-2018, 6:04 PM
Don't know if you can get these state side but I used an old copper pyrene fire extinguisher
Gave it a hearty wash then threw some left over gas tank sealer in it just to cover over any left over nasty shit
http://i956.photobucket.com/albums/ae46/darkslide2010/AE50FC1E-E192-4C5D-8711-CAB88303EDB2.jpg (http://s956.photobucket.com/user/darkslide2010/media/AE50FC1E-E192-4C5D-8711-CAB88303EDB2.jpg.html)

LOVE that fire extingusher dude!

To the OP, I did not vent mine and have had no problems at all for years. But there may be a slight gap between the o-ring and copper tubing I used to.

Old pic
http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx9/exit39/Motorcycle/VLX-600/Overflow/20140619_204837.jpg

Current
http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx9/exit39/Motorcycle/VLX-600/Sissy%20Bar/20180523_131302.jpg