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KCL-LABRAT said:
Why do you have to add coolant?
I don t have to at this time, I just have never added coolant to a bike, was wondering if you use the same stuff as in a car.
 

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yep same mixture. Water is the key to the coolant the antifreeze is only used to keep the water from freezing in cold weather and prevent rusting it doesn't help to cool the engine though. I prefer the premixed solutions that way theres no guessing. I've been driving mine in constant temperatures over 100 degrees for the past 2 months and haven't had any overheating problems so the additives like engine ice aren't needed. As long as you keep your radiator clean and routinely check the level you shouldn't have to change the fluid for several years or 30,000 miles or more.
 

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There are two different types of coolant. Dex Cool and ETHYLENE GLYCOL BASED. Our bikes im pretty sure use the Ethylene glycol stuff (its green). Some coolant manufactures make a universal coolant you can use. but you never want to mix the two together it will lose the qualities it has from the different type of additives. Most of the time in the coolant system when your low its due to the water evaporating out of the system. So most of the time you can just add water and your mixture will be fine. Glycaol based systems they recommend flushing every 2 years or 30k miles. personally Id go three on a bike. Dex Cool they recommend 5 years. Some are 10 year extended life.
 

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It was also recomended to me to use distilled water with the antifreeze for the 50/50 mix. It is supposed to help further prevent corosion and build up inside the cooling system. A friend of mine that has been working bikes for about 35 years is the one who told me about it so I took his word. Done this with both bikes I have owned and pretty satisfied.
 

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It was also recomended to me to use distilled water with the antifreeze for the 50/50 mix. It is supposed to help further prevent corosion and build up inside the cooling system. A friend of mine that has been working bikes for about 35 years is the one who told me about it so I took his word. Done this with both bikes I have owned and pretty satisfied.
distilled water is ok BUT... what your actually suposed to use is Deionized water, also known as demineralized water or DI water (its distilled water put through a chemical filter process). if you know anybody that works at a lab or chemical plant they can easily get some for you. if you dont, check water purification shops. this isnt esential but it is highly recomended.
 
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