Back Yard Radiator Power Washer
Nothing can make your day worse than to see your over heat light come on in the middle of a ride. This is usually caused by mud being caked into the radiator and stopping the flow of air through your radiator. In my personal case, when this happens I find the nearest creek or river and drive my bike in deep enough to be able to clean the radiator by hand. Splashing water into the fins helps but it still does not fix the problem. High Lifter and some of the other ATV accessory companies sell a radiator power washer for about $50 that will clean your radiator out on the trail, but most people like myself does not want to spend that much money. You can make one of these washers for under $20 or if you have some extra air compressor line and fittings like we did in the shop it will only cost $10...... That sounds a lot better than $50.
A trip to Wal-Mart was needed to buy a 500 gallon per hour bilge pump. This can be found in the sporting goods section in the boating area. The price was under $10. You can find smaller and more powerful pumps but we wanted to show you the easiest and cheapest way to build one of these washers.
Once we got back to the shop we found some old air line that had been cut and some plumbing All Purpose Cement that we bought at a local hardware store for a snorkel we did earlier. We also found a cigarette lighter plug that we cut off a small air compressor that stopped working on one of our rides.
After coating the inside of the bilge pump tube and the outside of our air line with the All Purpose Cement, the line slid right into the pump. While waiting for the cement to dry we wired up our power to double check the wiring of the plug.
Once the wiring was finished and the cement dried it was time to test the pump. We put the pump into a bucket and plugged it in. It is not the most powerful or the best looking but it works and it works pretty good. We was able to shoot a heavy water stream about 10 feet using a regular air line fitting. MaD