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post #1 of 26 Old 11-04-2019, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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New leftover 2015 service

Have a 2015 I bought as a new leftover December 2018. It has 600 miles so I'll be doing the first oil change soon. Would you recommend changing the coolant and brake fluid since it's technically going on 5 years old or should they be checked/replaced at the recommended mileage in the manual since they're also technically new?

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Definitely change the brake fluid. Coolant might be okay but I would change that as well since it is an easy job.
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Brake fluid is 3 years past due, I would flush asap.

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Does anyone know what size bleeder valves are on the N1k calipers? Looking online it seems like a very easy process.

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You dont need anything but an 8mm wrench, and some clear, vinyl tubing.

I would do just whats suggested, and for sure do the coolant. Its very easy to do on this bike, so why not do it. I just pop the hose loose. The hose on the left side of the bike. Its also 4 yrs overdue for Ivans flash.
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You dont need anything but an 8mm wrench, and some clear, vinyl tubing.

I would do just whats suggested, and for sure do the coolant. Its very easy to do on this bike, so why not do it. I just pop the hose loose. The hose on the left side of the bike. Its also 4 yrs overdue for Ivans flash.
Appreciate the advice. Is the coolant just a simple drain and refill? Is there a particular type/brand you recommend? The manual just says use a permanent type coolant.

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While researching this for my change I found where Kawasaki recommended "Green coolant". Strang for them to list it that way but green coolant is standard Glycol based and what I went back with.
As far as drain and refill... yes I would say with the low milage your not so far behind that you need to flush every drop of old coolant from the entire system.
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I got sick of having different coolants in the garage, so I converted everything over to the Zerex asian for Toyotas. The bike does not hold that much, and its difficult to drain much more than half of it. You can get that in the blue, or pink color.

I drained, and refilled 2 or 3 times using the new antifreeze. No water, or flushing stuff as it gets cold here and i cant take a chance on leaving water behind. As soon as the drained antifreeze looked like what I put in, I stopped. Wal Mart has about 42 different brands, so I mention the Toyota stuff just because its worked well. I think i did this 4 years back. Its been a while.

I know i did not use 2 complete gallons. I had some left over. Now, on a yearly basis, i drain all that I can, and top up with the same.
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Appreciate the advice. Is the coolant just a simple drain and refill? Is there a particular type/brand you recommend? The manual just says use a permanent type coolant.
I would highly recommend using the Pro Honda Coolant. It is specifically designed for aluminum engined bikes and bike water pump seals that can't tolerate Silica Aluminumum Inhibitors, which is present in 90% of coolant in the aftermarket. This Coolant is widely available at any Honda dealership, or online, including Amazon. I've tried other Coolant, and have had experience in water pump seals failing sooner from ordinary coolants that claim they're designed for aluminum motorcycle engines. Including stuff one can buy from Cycle Gear!

Draining and replacing the coolant on the N1k is one of the easiest jobs ever. One bolt to drain. You just have to remove the right fairing to for easier access to the drain bolt, and the left fairing to access the radiator fill cap. After you drain, replace drain bolt AND replace washer for that bolt with a new one, fill radiator to near the filler neck...slowly....start engine, bring the coolant to temp, keep a close eye on the coolant that will rise up over that filler neck, rev engine a bit a few times to get rid of any air bubbles. Done. Don't forget to clean and refill the reservoir with fresh coolant too.

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Modern coolants dont contain Silica Aluminumum Inhibitors. All the brands mention this "silica" as if its going to jump out and grab you, but very few use it, anymore. You would have to seek it out.....you can find coolant that does, but its not common, at all. It may have been, in 1975, or so, when Honda started selling its Honda labeled coolant.

The Honda stuff is good. You can buy it in gallon jugs for much less than the small containers. I dont know if wal mart has it, but my local Napa does.

Its really hard to choose a "wrong" antifreeze, anymore, and anything marked with the "Asian" label is for sure going to be ok in your motorcycles.
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