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This has probably been asked before but I couldn't find an answer with the search function:

I have a 2014 B3 leaking fluid from the radiator hose clamp. How the hell do those radiator clamps work? How do you take them off and I assume you can't re-use them?

I had my radiator replaced last year and the dealer said those clamps were crap and they were going to put on different ones. Well, they didn't and I have factory clamps.

What kind of clamps do you recommend replacing them with?
 

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They are Clic R clamps, you need a set ofClic R pliers to remove them and refit them. They are IMHO very good and common oncars and vans across the European motor industry. Tell your dealer to get the right tools because he sounds like a dick.
 

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They are a bit of a challenge when fitting Silicon hoses I found..as the OD seems a tad bigger with the Samco set.

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As said earlier, very common on cars these days. As long as the correct size is used they work very well. As long as the correct tool is used they are a snap to install and remove.

You can do the R&R with out the correct tool, but it is a PITA. Invest in the pliers.
 

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I much prefer them as the rotary style are a pain to get in the solid ones (without the slits that eventually damage the hose) and they are virtually impossible to have slip off.

The tool is easy to find on amazon. I actually bought a second one and shaved the handles down to make it easy to fit in the tank bag for trips. They are used all over the bike, fuel hoses and the like. So its a good idea to have them on hand.
 

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Buy the tool... Didn't even check to see what was on there before fitting my exhaust and was stuck using needle nose pliers. Easy to get off, damn near impossible to get back on. Those things had me so bloody mad, pliers were chucked across the garage a few times. I'd be so close to getting them to click in, and snap, pliers would let go. I think at one point a friend came over to find me crying in the corner with a bottle of scotch because I had only one left to fit before being able to start the bike for the first time....
 

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Thanks folks, bought the tool today. I'm not sure taking it off and putting the same clamp on will fix the leak. Anyone have a good source where I can get a variety of clamp sizes? I'm thinking maybe a new one will be a bit tighter.
 

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Little late to the party. Bought s/s smooth band worm drive clamps from McMaster-Carr. In case you decide to go that route.
 

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Thanks folks, bought the tool today. I'm not sure taking it off and putting the same clamp on will fix the leak. Anyone have a good source where I can get a variety of clamp sizes? I'm thinking maybe a new one will be a bit tighter.

The size of the clamp is stamped into the band, they cover a range of sizes, do a google for clic r clamps and you will find someone in the US will stock them.

They are pretty common over here in Europe I can even get them at car dealerships like Mercedes Benz.
 

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I would get rid and buy good quality jubilee clamp in stainless like the Samco ones
I don't really like them personally, and I've never been in a paddock anywhere and seen them on a race bike so there must be a reason why
 

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I would get rid and buy good quality jubilee clamp in stainless like the Samco ones
I don't really like them personally, and I've never been in a paddock anywhere and seen them on a race bike so there must be a reason why
I've seen them on lots of race bikes and top end production bikes. Just because some people don't know how to use them does not make them crap. In some classes the average Jubilee clamp gets banned because if it's not the right kind with a rolled edge, they will cut through a hose.
 

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I've seen them on lots of race bikes and top end production bikes. Just because some people don't know how to use them does not make them crap. In some classes the average Jubilee clamp gets banned because if it's not the right kind with a rolled edge, they will cut through a hose.
Yes ,but most people don't race bikes or set them up as race bikes .
I know I haven't been on this site for long & I know you are much more knowledgeable about bike mechanics & MV's in particular but my last bike was a Gen 2 Tuono factory & one of the first "mods"that was recommended was to replace these hose clips with Jubilee clips because they would fail & you end up at the side of the road with a scalded right thigh & an empty radiator. So if Aprillia can't get it right what chance have we ordinary folk have ?
Regards Nick.:)
 

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Yes ,but most people don't race bikes or set them up as race bikes .
I know I haven't been on this site for long & I know you are much more knowledgeable about bike mechanics & MV's in particular but my last bike was a Gen 2 Tuono factory & one of the first "mods"that was recommended was to replace these hose clips with Jubilee clips because they would fail & you end up at the side of the road with a scalded right thigh & an empty radiator. So if Aprillia can't get it right what chance have we ordinary folk have ?
Regards Nick.:)
Good point Nick. I think this is what my dealer was trying to explain.
 

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We have well over 100,000 miles up on our MV's, never had a clamp fail. Same clamps used on my Lotus Elise, well over 100,000 miles on that as well and never had a clamp fail. I will keep using them and the correct tool, and sleep soundly. :)
 

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Thanks Jimbo, that's my point exactly, I'll wager that there is still more of those clamps on the MV's than Jubilee clamps. It's for naught to do with race bike or road bike Nick, it's about using the right tool for the right job unforetunetly.
At the end of the day it's your bike, like you said.
 
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