I'd like some input on my issue with the fans on my '03 RSV. They've worked beautifully in the past, but for a while now they seem to kick in at 70 degrees C. Now, this is quite low, but the engine still reaches the usual operating temperature of 78-79 degrees.
I believe the culprit could be the sensor in the rear cylinder, which I've learned controls the fans. Upon looking at the workshop manual, replacing it seems like a quite straightforward task - remove left side fairing, unplug wires, unscrew sensor, apply loctite on new sensor, insert sensor and old gasket, connect wires and replace fairing. Finally, check coolant level is within range.
Now, I am interested whether the operation actually is that simple or whether I should budget lots of hours and a suitable space (as opposed to just doing it on the parking lot). Does anyone have any pointers or tips on how to carry out the surgery succesfully - or better yet, should I look elsewhere first?
Finally, going by the temp reading on the dash, it seems that having the fans kick in early is not really that harmful except to my thighs. I suppose the thermostat makes sure the engine doesn't run too cool, yes?