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Old August 14th @ 03:27 pm   #1
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: CBR 1000rr/600f4i
I just noticed that my coolant was a little low. I've never had to add any since owning the bike. What brand should I use to top it off? I've heard Amsoil has some good stuff, but I wanted to get some opinions first.

 
 
Old August 14th @ 03:29 pm   #2
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From: Las Vegas[Summerlin]
If you just need a little, roll by the Terribles lube area at the Red Rock Chevron meetup spot tonight.
They'll top it off for free for ya. Slip them a tip...

Show up a little before 6pm.
I think thats their closing time.
 
 
Old August 14th @ 03:49 pm   #3
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From: Sin City

Motorcycle: DRZ400SM
Green , its all the same stuff except for whenyou change colors
 
 
Old August 14th @ 03:51 pm   #4
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From: NLV - Lone Mt & Clayton

Motorcycle: 2002 Yamaha FZ1
Coolant? What's that?
 
 
Old August 14th @ 03:55 pm   #5
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From: NLV - Lone Mt & Clayton

Motorcycle: 2002 Yamaha FZ1
Actually, if you are just a couple ounces low, just top it off with Water Wetter.

And when it's time to flush/refill, go with distilled water & Water Wetter. Or if you must have coolant in there, only put 20% antifreeze in there (instead of the usual 50/50), plus 4oz of Water Wetter. That'll protect you down to 20 degrees (plenty for Vegas).
 
 
Old August 14th @ 03:59 pm   #6
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From: Las Vegas[Summerlin]
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2upFZ1 View Post
Actually, if you are just a couple ounces low, just top it off with Water Wetter.

And when it's time to flush/refill, go with distilled water & Water Wetter. Or if you must have coolant in there, only put 20% antifreeze in there (instead of the usual 50/50), plus 4oz of Water Wetter. That'll protect you down to 20 degrees (plenty for Vegas).
True, you can do that also Buck. Not a bad idea.
But, make sure you add the water wetter to the radiator, not to the coolant overflow reservoir (otherwise, it will not get to the radiator).

You would need to siphon out some coolant from the radiator, pour that into the overflow container, then replace what you took out from the radiator with water wetter.

If you need any help with that, let me know.
 
 
Old August 14th @ 04:06 pm   #7
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: CBR 1000rr/600f4i
I may just flush everything and replace with water wetter or engine ice. Any suggestions on which is better?
 
 
Old August 14th @ 04:11 pm   #8
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From: NLV - Lone Mt & Clayton

Motorcycle: 2002 Yamaha FZ1
Both are Surfactants. The Engine Ice I believe is premixed.
 
 
Old August 14th @ 04:26 pm   #9
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From: Las Vegas[Summerlin]
Water Wetter is not anti-freeze, Engine Ice is. Not a big factor, but we do get some days of below freezing temps here in Vegas. If the coolant freezes inside your bike it can cause a world of damage.

Water Wetter is a surfactant, Engine Ice is not, it's a Propylene Glycol based coolant.
You could use Engine Ice, and add a few cap fulls of Water Wetter.

Both are ok to use at the track, but some track associations dont allow Engine Ice.

If your budget allows, get Engine Ice, and add a few cap fulls of Water Wetter.
This will give you a proper coolant/-anti-freeze with corrosion additives, and a surfactant to improve the heat dissipation from engine to fluid.

Last edited by Got2Go; August 14th at 04:28 pm.
 
 
Old August 14th @ 04:30 pm   #10
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From: Las Vegas[Summerlin]
By the way, a cheap and easy flush procedure:

drain coolant.
mix distilled water with white distilled vinegar (50/50 ratio).
Fill radiator with that, then run the engine for a little bit.

Drain, then refill with plain distilled water to flush out the vinegar and any remaining mix.

Then, fill with the new coolant mix.
Done.
 
 

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