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Old 09-18-2010, 05:56 PM   #1
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Coolant question...

I just got a used bike and have been doing quite a bit of work to it. I have noticed that the PO changed the coolant to what appears to be just water now. He may have some water wetter in there however I have no way of knowing for sure. I know it is common to run strait water with maybe some wetter in it for track. So my question is, should I drain it and run coolant/water at the manufacture's recommendation? The bike will really be mostly a street bike and not see the track all that often, for now anyways. I know that coolant not only raises the boiling point of the water, it also usually has stuff in it to protect from corrosion, and lubricate certain parts.
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:18 PM   #2
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Water wetter or similar has additives to protect. Run WW or Engine Ice and distilled water. It will run cooler. It can freeze so keep that in mind in winter. If parked in a garage it wont freeze though. Even outside its probably fine here.
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:08 AM   #3
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IMO for a street bike run a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water and add some Water Wetter.
The coolant will provide better corrosion protection and lubricate your water pump better than water and Water Wetter.
Maxima make a premised distilled water and coolant mix called Coolanol that works very well.
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