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Old 05-20-2008, 09:00 AM   #1
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Where to drain coolant?

Track day coming up and I need to change antifreeze to non oily coolant. Dude at the cycle shop said to drain by the water pump. Where is the water pump on an 05 Honda 600rr? Should I flush the system with water before I add the other coolant? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:04 AM   #2
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The water pump is on the left side, but you don't need to drain your anti-freeze just for a track day.
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On the R6 we found the lowest point in the system and disconnected the hose and flush that thing out. Worked like a charm.
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The water pumps on the left like Pat said. Be sure to also drain the reserve tank also. Flush the system with distilled water (just to be safe) until it drains pretty clear. It took me 2 times. Then refill. Don't forget to bleed out the air.
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Thanks for your help, I will get on it tonight.
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I've done a few coolant changes, and I've never used distilled water. Yes I know it's reccomended, but riddle me this? Do you really think that the dealerships get distilled water to flush out systems when they perform coolant changes? My money's on no. Coolant changes aren't hard, just creates a lot of mess and liquid waste. I use some hot water, pour it in till it's clear. Never had any issues so far. I have heard that if you are going to be changing coolants to water wetter and you've been using the glycol based coolants, (like your stock types) it is imperative that you completely flush out all evidence of the glycol based coolant. You don't want any residue in there.
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Ya I looked at waterwetter but you have to drain it before winter since it will freeze. I choose Engine Ice and it works great and year round.
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I obviously cannot speak for track days because they sometimes ban the use of glycol based coolants... so u're stuck with clean H20 or Redline Water Wetter... or something similar

However... out on the street.... I can recommend Maxima Coolanol if you want a motorcycle based antifreeze and not comfortable with Prestone or something like that...

although I hear that if you buy the Prestone which states that it is suitable for aluminum engines it should be fine for motorcycles.... the way I see it... I'm not gonna take a risk of damaging my bike for the sake of saving 5 bucks... to each his own I guess!
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Ya I looked at waterwetter but you have to drain it before winter since it will freeze. I choose Engine Ice and it works great and year round.

I use engine ice as well. It's approved by most tracks too. While I don't see the massive drop in temperatures, it does ok in my book.
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I use engine ice as well. It's approved by most tracks too. While I don't see the massive drop in temperatures, it does ok in my book.
Ya I don't get the claimed difference. In fact I don't see much of a difference. But it does its job and that's all I'm worried about.
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I put water wetter in my bike a couple weeks back and I'm getting the massive drops, actually better than advertised. I commute and got tired of hot air blowing on my constantly. I used to run about 220-227 at a stand still and in slow traffic and 210-220 at about 70+. Now I still run 220-227 at a stand still, but run 215-220 in slow traffic (15-30mph) and 175-198 in 70+ As soon as I get a little air down there, the temp falls in chunks. A lot other guys are using Radiator Relief by DEI and supposedly it's better. It's supposed to have some type of anti foam agent that makes it better.
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