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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-02-2018, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hey folks, got a '96 Sportster 1200. I was surfing through parts and seen the cooling fans that mount up to the side of heads. Are those any good?
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They should reduce heat levels but it is not necessary. Just a waste of money IMO.

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They should reduce heat levels but it is not necessary. Just a waste of money IMO.
Are they pretty effective? Looks like they would do well when idling but not on the road
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Your '96 carbureted Sportster doesn't need cooling fans. Unless you sit in traffic all the time.

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Not needed. Unless you just sit stopped in traffic, in the middle of the dessert. even then Sportsters don't really need any additional cooling. Save your money for gasoline and tires.
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Your '96 carbureted Sportster doesn't need cooling fans. Unless you sit in traffic all the time.
I was curious because I haven't driven the bike yet, I tore it down and rebuilt it. I'm waiting to get a few extra parts, anyhow I back the bike out and let it idle for 10 or 15 minutes. I put two fans in front of it full blast to try and keep it somewhat cool
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I was curious because I haven't driven the bike yet, I tore it down and rebuilt it. I'm waiting to get a few extra parts, anyhow I back the bike out and let it idle for 10 or 15 minutes. I put two fans in front of it full blast to try and keep it somewhat cool

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I was curious because I haven't driven the bike yet, I tore it down and rebuilt it. I'm waiting to get a few extra parts, anyhow I back the bike out and let it idle for 10 or 15 minutes. I put two fans in front of it full blast to try and keep it somewhat cool
Personally, I wouldn't idle a motorcycle for 10 - 15 minutes, especially a newly rebuilt one. The fans are a good idea and are used in competent repair shops when running a cycle is necessary.
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I was curious because I haven't driven the bike yet, I tore it down and rebuilt it. I'm waiting to get a few extra parts, anyhow I back the bike out and let it idle for 10 or 15 minutes. I put two fans in front of it full blast to try and keep it somewhat cool
Personally, I wouldn't idle a motorcycle for 10 - 15 minutes, especially a newly rebuilt one. The fans are a good idea and are used in competent repair shops when running a cycle is necessary.
I say rebuilt, all I've done is reworked the top end. Just replaced gaskets. There was a bit of oil problem when I got it from the previous owner. Turns out, wasn't the top end at all, oil pressure sensor was the problem
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A sporty can take a LOT of heat. I had a 98 that leaned way out on me, I had no choice but to ride it home that way. It got so hot I blued the pipes, big time. Once I solved the problem she ran fine, rode that bike till it had 40K on the clock. Its probably still running today.

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