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post #1 of 6 Old 06-05-2006, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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Time for coolant change - ?s

Well after almost 3 years I think it's time to change the coolant in the 9er. Couple of questions:

What type of coolant is best to use and how should I mix it?
Assuming I need to use distilled water like in my truck.

What's the best method to get most of the old coolant out of the motor / radiator? And do I need to flush the system with anything before putting in the new coolant?

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Well if you're not tracking the bike then go back with 50/50 coolant and distilled water. You should have a drain bolt on the water pump. Pull the radiator cap and drain. Pull the radiator and flush it out. While you're there straighten any fins that may have been bent. I wouldn't worry to much about getting all of the old coolant out if you're not tracking the bike.

If you want something different you can go with Engine Ice. I use this stuff and it works great. It still has freeze protection down to -27F.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-05-2006, 06:56 AM
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Distilled water and antifreeze. 50/50.
I flushed the radiator and the overflow bottle when I changed mine. It's easy. I have a 600rr and you have to remove a stack of body work to get to the raditor. Your bike should be easier. On mine there was a drain plug bolt down near the front of the crank case.

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Honda makes a premix of 50/50 that you can use easy. It's pretty cheap from what I remember. Get some nice Japanese water in there.

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I bought my premix from Walmart.. working ok..

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Honda makes a premix of 50/50 that you can use easy. It's pretty cheap from what I remember. Get some nice Japanese water in there.

Honda car dealer will have Honda Type II premixed coolant. High quality, for aluminum, yada yada, no borates or silicates, yada.

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