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post #1 of 11 Old 12-08-2019, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Coolant change

Will be doing a coolant change soon. Should I flush the system with distilled water or just drain and refill? It's a 15 bought new last year and has about 650 miles. Also, the coolant reservoir is by the rear shock. Should I just siphon the coolant out of it or remove it and drain it? Thanks

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-08-2019, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone which brand coolant is in the bike now or does it vary from dealer to dealer as they assemble the bikes? It's a green color.

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post #3 of 11 Old 12-08-2019, 02:35 PM
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Just get what the dealer sells. I believe the bike already comes with engine oil and coolant from the factory.
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I have been using Maxima Coolanol with good results. If you have the time flushing the system with distilled water is a good idea......need to do this to mine in the spring. If it is not too much trouble I would remove the reservoir and rinse it out. If you can see it clearly and there does not appear to be any sediment or contamination in the bottle you can get by with just siphoning out what you can.

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Do you really need to change with only 650 miles?

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Do you really need to change with only 650 miles?
I was wondering the same but folks on this forum that know more than me said it's a good idea to change it and the brake fluid since the bike was assembled/filled over 3 years ago. I'll take their recommendations since it's an easy job. I think I'll just drain and refill the coolant instead of flushing it though.

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Might as well do it but I wouldn't bother with the flush as it doesn't drain completely anyways so if you flush it with distilled water your end result is replacing coolent with distilled water,,. Just get the OEM coolent drain it and replace it with the same,,. Easy!!

My bike was a older with more miles so I did do the distilled water flush and replaced it with a 5 year Preston product formulated for aluminum engines, problem with that is the dealer topped off the coolent when they did the valve adjustment and probable used the OEM brand so I have a mix of the three, Distilled Water, Preston and OEM brand,,.
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Anyone try Engine Ice?
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-11-2019, 03:25 AM
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Engine Ice works great in my track bike. I flush it twice per year, as it offers no corrosion protection. It's expensive, but hell, when is a track bike inexpensive? I won't run it in my street bikes as I'm too lazy to change it that often, and I never push it hard enough to need the extra protection.
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I'm with Lag. This is really easy to do. Do it often enough to where a flush is not necessary. Especially if it's cold where you are. The system holds so little it does bot take much water left behind to dilute that magical 50/50 ratio.

I've used engine ice and it worked fine...as did normal coolant. You really have to go to that Evan's brand coolant to see a coolant that's THAT much different than anything else....and that shit has it's own issues...it just has a high boiling point. Concrete has a high boiling point, too, so dont get sidetracked with just the boiling point. Look at how efficient coolants are with removing heat.
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