KX500 1985-1986 WATER PUMP COVER ON A LATE MODEL KX500

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KX500 1985-1986 WATER PUMP COVER ON A LATE MODEL KX500

Post by Sandblaster » Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:13 pm

Time for prognostication.. Theory vs reality :ugeek:

The first question is can you swap them?
The answer is YES!!!


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Re: KX500 1985-1986 WATER PUMP COVER ON A LATE MODEL KX500

Post by Sandblaster » Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:23 pm

The next question is, "Why would I want to swap them?"
What we are looking for is greater cooling efficiency.
After all about 1/3 of the BTU's generated by the fuel burning is going out through the cooling system.
In part one of the goals we want to address is reduced cavitation.
We have long known that the 89-04 cooling system experiences cavitation at higher RPM's.

Adam Millar (CR500 land speed record holder and fellow KX Guru insider member) ran some cavitation tests and found that the 89-04 water pump cover creates cavitation at 8200 RPM's :o :shock: :?
The 85-86 cover starts cavitating at about 8900 RPM
Since the drive ratio for the water pump impeller vs crank rotation is 1.18 : 1, (Thanks Alex Ward) that is for every 1 crank revolution the impeller is rotating 1.18.

8200 rpm crank speed translates into 9676 impeller RPM
8900 rpm crank speed translates into 10502 impeller RPM
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Re: KX500 1985-1986 WATER PUMP COVER ON A LATE MODEL KX500

Post by Sandblaster » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:42 pm

Here is a clear disadvantage of the early model pump cover..


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110 grams for the older, 90 grams for the newer...
If every gram counts....
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Re: KX500 1985-1986 WATER PUMP COVER ON A LATE MODEL KX500

Post by Sandblaster » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:46 pm

Here's a quick look at the inside of the covers.
First, look at the sharp edge vs the rounded edge..


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Then look at the intake shape... Round always beats oval for water flow :lol:


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Re: KX500 1985-1986 WATER PUMP COVER ON A LATE MODEL KX500

Post by Sandblaster » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:50 pm

The other thing is that these parts are cast...
So, the water flow area is tapered..
Measuring on the inside smallest cross section area you'll find that the older cover is 13% bigger.
And it would be a simple matter to enlarge it slightly....
But again, should you?

More flow is great right?
Sure, the correct amount of flow is very necessary..
But too much flow will reduce the time that the radiators have to reduce the heat from the coolant.
How much is too much?
This is what we will try to find out...
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