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Old 11-08-2010, 12:29 PM   #1
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coolant change timeline?

How often should I change my MC coolant?

It is specific to motorcycles like the oil or is it "normal" antifreeze.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:33 PM   #2
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I have some I got from cycle gear. It looks about the same, if u are just getting regular coolant, and not engine ice, or watter wetter or anything like that. If it's been too long to remember the last time u changed it, it could be time now. I usually try to do lots if stuff in the winter, so it's ready for spring!
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:36 PM   #3
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Every 2-3 years.
Make sure it's specifically for aluminum engines.
Mix with distilled water.
We sell a pre-mixed coolant called Coolanol.
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I have some I got from cycle gear. It looks about the same, if u are just getting regular coolant, and not engine ice, or watter wetter or anything like that. If it's been too long to remember the last time u changed it, it could be time now. I usually try to do lots if stuff in the winter, so it's ready for spring!
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Every 2-3 years.
Make sure it's specifically for aluminum engines.
Mix with distilled water.
We sell a pre-mixed coolant called Coolanol.
Thanks

My 2008 still has factory antifreeze. So its probably time to do it. I need to get caught up on all my maintenance before it bites me.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:39 PM   #6
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coolant every 12mo (usually before summertime)

brake/clutch fluid every 6mo

chain clean/lubed every 2 weeks (or after riding in heavy rain)

oil/filter every 2500-3000

bearings/pivot points lubed every 6mo

its cheap and easy to do, so why the not?
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Not being a smart . But you should read your manual. If you don't have one then get one. They are useful.
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Not being a smart . But you should read your manual. If you don't have one then get one. They are useful.
Thanks. I have one but not on me (I have the bike with me in CS and the manual is closer to Houston)

I also asked because often people with experience know items which are different in the real world than what the owners manual specifies. Also, the manufacturer could have updated their recommendations since the manual was published.

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I would go 24 mo. if it was me. I would also use Water Wetter or Engine Ice ( for the corrosion inhibiter) and distilled water. If kept indoors it shouldn't get cold enough to freeze.
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I would go 24 mo. if it was me. I would also use Water Wetter or Engine Ice ( for the corrosion inhibiter) and distilled water. If kept indoors it shouldn't get cold enough to freeze.
its mainly for peace of mind, i just like knowing all of the fluids are fresh every time i start the bike.
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