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Old 06-30-2008, 04:04 PM   #1
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changing my coolant.

so last night i was riding and when i parked at the gas station to go get a drink i realized that my bike was leaking coolant from the hose to the left of the bike that goes to the radiator.(it has a hole in i.t) i had to keep riding in order for the bike to not overheat because when i stoped at the red lights and kept the bike running the temp would rise quickly. im pretty sure my coolant is really low right now so i went to cycle gear and bought engine ice which is supposed to be the best coolant they had... at least thats what they told me. well i need help from u guys because im not sure where the drain plug is. and also i wanna know how to COMPLETELY rinse and flush the cooling system.. can i do it myself?? thanks for the help. i need to get this done today!!!!
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:13 PM   #2
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should be a drain plug, or remove lower radiator hose on the bottom of the radiator and another drain for the block. Flushing it requires running water through the system with an additive of some sort I believe. You should invest in a Haynes book man
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PROBABLY no drain plug (I dunno, I did'nt have one on the ZX7 to my knowledge)....I would drain as much as possible by removing the lower hose....replace the hose and add distilled water, let the bike idle to get to operating temp to allow water to flow through the block and water pump. Let the bike cool down and release the cap (Slowly, it may have pressure and may be hot), unclamp the lower hose again and drain....repeat this process until liquid is clear, then add your engine ice. Just how I would do it personally. You could just leave the lower hose disconnected and run regular tap water to flush the bike, but I've heard tap water is no good....
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:17 PM   #4
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+1 This is how I did it. From what I hear, tap water has contaminates that aren't good for the cooling system. Even if you just flush with tap, you'll still have some left inside when done. This is what I've always been told, although I'm not sure how true it is.
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I don't have a drain plug, I just found the lowest point in the system and disconnect the hose and drain into a bucket. Using engine ice myself. Get another bottle though cause you are likely to need more like 1.3 of the big bottles for a complete flush and replace. I never saw this HUGE OMGWTF drop in temps like engine ice claims, but it works and thats ok with me.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:20 PM   #6
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should be a drain plug, or remove lower radiator hose on the bottom of the radiator and another drain for the block. Flushing it requires running water through the system with an additive of some sort I believe. You should invest in a Haynes book man
yeah but where can i find one right now???
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I don't have a drain plug, I just found the lowest point in the system and disconnect the hose and drain into a bucket. Using engine ice myself. Get another bottle though cause you are likely to need more like 1.3 of the big bottles for a complete flush and replace. I never saw this HUGE OMGWTF drop in temps like engine ice claims, but it works and thats ok with me.
dang i only got one. the guy said i only needed one.... and cycle gear is about 45 mins from where i live. :(
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dang i only got one. the guy said i only needed one.... and cycle gear is about 45 mins from where i live. :(
ya they said 1 would be enough for me too. it filled the rad and a tad bit of the resivoir but didnt get even close to the full line on my coolant overflow, even when the bike was hot. where you live? i got some left you can top off with if need be.

EDIT: Oh chit...kingwood...ya better off going to cycle gear again.
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yeah but where can i find one right now???
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dang i only got one. the guy said i only needed one.... and cycle gear is about 45 mins from where i live. :(
MAN, FORGET the Engine Ice and get "water wetter" from your local auto parts store....makes for an easy clean up on the track too if you happen to crash. just add distilled water to the "water wetter" and you'll be golden.
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MAN, FORGET the Engine Ice and get "water wetter" from your local auto parts store....makes for an easy clean up on the track too if you happen to crash. just add distilled water to the "water wetter" and you'll be golden.
water wetter is great but is only good to 32 degrees. and while we dont have super cold winters...its still gets close enough to worry bout.
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water wetter is great but is only good to 32 degrees. and while we dont have super cold winters...its still gets close enough to worry bout.
I ran it for two winters and no issues Most peeps don't ride when in it nears sub 32 anyhow.
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I ran it for two winters and no issues Most peeps don't ride when in it nears sub 32 anyhow.
ya but my bike does sit outside.
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ya they said 1 would be enough for me too. it filled the rad and a tad bit of the resivoir but didnt get even close to the full line on my coolant overflow, even when the bike was hot. where you live? i got some left you can top off with if need be.

EDIT: Oh chit...kingwood...ya better off going to cycle gear again.
yeahhh kingwood... haha dang im gonna have 2 go back to cycle gear. at what time do they close??? is that the only place where i can get engine ice???
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Owners manual should have the procedure in it.
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I'm going to try Evans NPG+. It's more expensive but I think you get what you pay for but has anyone tried it? Has anybody used a product that actually works besides water wetter.
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Owners manual should have the procedure in it.
yeah i know but i dont have one. the guy i bought it from lost it.....
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+1 for water wetter if you're storing in a heated/attached garage. Cheap, easy to use, and works.
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