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Coolant system? Flush or not.

Hey guys not sure if or when the coolant has been changed in my bike. My question is should I flush and fill or just drain and fill. It's still a nice green color and I don't see and rust but either way I'm going to change it. What do you guys use? Flush type, coolant type?

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I flush with good ole distilled water. My coolant is still very green but i know its time for a change. My next coolant will be something non-glycol based though.

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drain, fill with distilled water (no other type), run till fan comes on, drain, fill with water, run, drain, fill with Engine Ice. Its the blue stuff. You will need 1.3 bottles...there for buy 2 bottles cause you aren't suppose to dillute.

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drain, fill with distilled water (no other type), run till fan comes on, drain, fill with water, run, drain, fill with Engine Ice. Its the blue stuff. You will need 1.3 bottles...there for buy 2 bottles cause you aren't suppose to dillute.
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1\2 gallon for 18.95 and 8.00 shipping from ebay is this a fare price? I'll need 2?
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drain, fill with distilled water (no other type), run till fan comes on, drain, fill with water, run, drain, fill with Engine Ice. Its the blue stuff. You will need 1.3 bottles...there for buy 2 bottles cause you aren't suppose to dillute.
I did that with mine, except I did two distilled water flushes before putting in the Engine Ice.

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Not to sure if the link will work but this place seems to have a good price, but their are to many to choose from Any thoughts?
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I did that with mine, except I did two distilled water flushes before putting in the Engine Ice.
I said water twice...

You can check your capacity of your coolant in your owners manual.

It will most likely be just over a 1/2 gal... hence you'll need 1.3 bottles.

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I said water twice...

You can check your capacity of your coolant in your owners manual.

It will most likely be just over a 1/2 gal... hence you'll need 1.3 bottles.
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drain, fill with distilled water (no other type), run till fan comes on, drain, fill with water, run, drain, fill with Engine Ice. Its the blue stuff. You will need 1.3 bottles...there for buy 2 bottles cause you aren't suppose to dillute.
How often? Yearly or more frequently?
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I would say only yearly. No more for sure. Heck I might even go as far as saying every other year maybe. Depends on the riding and milage.

However, I don't think the rinse out would be as important if your just changing out your engine ice for new engine ice.

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I would say only yearly. No more for sure. Heck I might even go as far as saying every other year maybe. Depends on the riding and milage.

However, I don't think the rinse out would be as important if your just changing out your engine ice for new engine ice.
What is the advantage to using engine ice? Keeps the engine temp lower?
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Yes it lowered the temp of my 9R by like 12 degrees. No joke!

Further it is a non-glyco based coolant so its track approved! And it won't freeeze thru the winter like water with water wetter.

Go ahead and check with Twisty.. he'll confirm... I not BS'in ya!

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How often? Yearly or more frequently?
changing coolant yearly will do just fine.

the main purpose of the coolant (other than removing excess heat) is to keep the oil at it's optimum operating temperature. one of the properties of oil is also to cool down the engine. fuel mixture, spark advance, and plug temp range also has an affect on engine heat. other items to consider are the thermostat and cap ratings.

i have and still use engine ice (for winter riding) and redline water wetter + H2O (for the rest of the season). in my opinion, engine ice is over-rated and over-priced.

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i forgot to mention, don't open your radiator cap when the engine still hot. coolant will spray out. if you do need to open it, put a rag over it and use a channel lock plier with safety goggles on. i've had hot coolant splash on my face once when i was a mechanic (i had goggles on but it still freaking hurt).

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When I do my engine flushes on a hot motor... I always pull the bottom hose going into the water pump... drains the radiator and the motor for the most part. But yes be carefull... use a rag or leather gloves.

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OK now that I have the new oil in my shocks I'm ready for the flush. I run some distilled water thru the system till the fan come on. No problem. Drain no problem. Cap, not a problem either. How do you drain the system of all the distilled water I'm sure their will be some left in the system, how do you make sure it's all out before I add the Ice? Or, just drain it the best I can and roll with that.
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Just drain the best you can and go.

The reason you use distilled is so that it won't adversly effect your alum cooling system.

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Just drain the best you can and go.

The reason you use distilled is so that it won't adversly effect your alum cooling system.


distilled wont cause scaling.

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