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Quick question. Itís starting to freeze here at night. The previous owner of the RC51 I just bought yesterday told me I needed to flush out the radiators and replace with regular antifreeze. He told me that he put Engine Ice in it and that it was a coolant and not antifreeze, and it will freeze up and possibly cause problems. I checked the website for Engine Ice and it says it provides protection down to -27 F. Um thatís well below freezing. He is a good rider but I think he is confused. Should I be concerned with this? Iím wandering if he put something else in it and is confused. Do all engine coolants provide freeze protection? I am going to pull off the side fairings and check the fans and whatever liquid is inside the radiators tomorrow. Is there any way of verifying he used engine ice or should I just dump it and add antifreeze?
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Engine Ice is an anti-freeze.
He may be thinking about Water Wetter which isn't.
Not all coolants provide anti-freeze protection.

Some coolants like Water Wetter provide surface wetting for better heat conduction, but no freeze protection.

In the bottle, Water Wetter tends to be pink in color while Engine Ice tends to be blue/purple color.

The only way to be absolutely sure you have anti-freeze protection is to flush and fill with an anti-freeze such as Engine Ice.
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Ok Thanks, I think I'm just going to dump it just to be on the safe side.
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If you are going to mix your anti-freeze do not use tap water.

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If you are going to mix your anti-freeze do not use tap water.
Agreed. Do not use tap water (except in emergency).
Too many dissolved minerals that can clog your radiator over time.
If you do use tap water for an emergency, drain and flush as soon as possible.
If not using pre-mixed coolant, use distilled or deionized water for 50/50 water/coolant ratio.
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i previously would run distilled water with water wetter, but i just flushed out the system and put in straight engine ice for the simple fact that its good to -27 as you mentioned. you do not mix the engine ice with water, its premixed. its also legal with most racing and trackday organizations which is an added benefit. id just get some fresh engine ice and be done with it. btw, if you use antifreeze and distilled water, you can buy distilled water at almost any supermarket or pharmacy.

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Thanks for the feedback. I drained the coolant it and replaced with what I know is Engine Ice. I spun the fans and they both seamed ok.
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You can buy Engine Ice either premixed (my preference) or non-premixed.
I see you can also buy Water Wetter premixed now as well.
Previously both had to be manually mixed with water.
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its also legal with most racing and trackday organizations which is an added benefit.
Check your track before you go. MMP does not allow ice.

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Check your track before you go. MMP does not allow ice.
What track is MMP? I know that engine ice is CCS/WERA legal as well as TPM and STT for trackday orgs.


subsailor, didnt realize they sold engine ice in a non premixed formula. good to know.

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