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whats the best coolant for new england?

hi, i just picked up an 04 from N.C. and the previous owner said he mixed his coolant with more water in it, he used honda coolant but suggested i replace the coolant because i'm in a colder area. what is everyone running in their bikes? i was just going to go get some honda 50/50 coolant and flush the old stuff, i can't find a drain for the coolant - any suggestions?
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I use Engine Ice because it comes conveniently pre-mixed. No muss, no fuss.
As a side note, it's also non-toxic and bio-degradable.
I didn't buy it because of that, but it's a nice touch.
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Free Service Manual here..

PS. Only use Distilled Water! If adding water..
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How cold of temps will your bike see? I too, use engine ice, but more for it's great cooling and protection. It's a little pricy, at about $12-$15/half gallon. I had to buy 2 half gallons and only used a small portion of the second jug.
rvtjonny put up the service manual: I'd use it for the system flush if that's what you're going to do. I sure would if I were putting in a new type of coolant in a new-to-me bike.

btw, I used dexcool the first time, cause that's what I had. I checked the manual and it didn't specify anything special, just a 50/50 blend of quality antifreeze. I ran it troublefree till my funds freed up a little and then switched to Engine Ice.

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50/50 blend of quality antifreeze is great for street , but when i do track days , i use water wetter

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50/50 blend of quality antifreeze is great for street , but when i do track days , i use water wetter
Ummmm, you're stating the obvious. OP said he's in new england. And that it's colder there. Probably a lot colder than where we live in CA. I didn't read ANYTHING about track days, cause I dont believe water wetter has any anti freezing quality's?

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Ummmm, you're stating the obvious. OP said he's in new england. And that it's colder there. Probably a lot colder than where we live in CA. I didn't read ANYTHING about track days, cause I dont believe water wetter has any anti freezing quality's?
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You need to only use motorcycle approved anti-freeze that is free of silicates. Standard automotive glycol is loaded with them and will destroy the seals in the water pump.
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You need to only use motorcycle approved anti-freeze that is free of silicates. Standard automotive glycol is loaded with them and will destroy the seals in the water pump.
I lucked out then. I just checked if Dex-Cool has silicates and this is what I found:
Dex-Cool (ethylene glycol) is identical to the Chrysler & General Motors factory fill. Havoline had the original patent on Dex-Cool and manufactures it for GM. The benefits of Dex-Cool are:


Lower alkalinity
Contains NO silicates, resulting in longer lasting water pump and engine seals; longer shelf life.
It is Nitrite-, borate-, phosphate-, nitrate- and amine-free.
100% biodegradable in its pure unused condition.
Longer lasting (Dex-Cool has been shown to remain above 95% of its original concentration after 150,000 miles in automobiles)
http://www.getahelmet.com/jeeps/maint/dexcool/

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thanks guys, it gets cold here in CT. sometimes close to 0 degrees, i'm not riding in that weather but i store my bike in a garage thats not heated - i'm just going to pick up the pro honda coolant thats already mixed and ready to go.
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