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    Default VTX 1300 coolant replacement

    I just bought my bike and it has 25000 miles on it. I do not know if the coolant has ever been replaced. So,can I just remove the hose from the bottom of the radiator, let it drain, refill, circulate, remove, drain, etc, then put new coolant into the reservoir? Or do I need to take it to the dealer? Thanks for any advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barkymarky View Post
    I just bought my bike and it has 25000 miles on it. I do not know if the coolant has ever been replaced. So,can I just remove the hose from the bottom of the radiator, let it drain, refill, circulate, remove, drain, etc, then put new coolant into the reservoir? Or do I need to take it to the dealer? Thanks for any advice.
    It's really pretty easy. There is a procedure in the manual that shows how. Remove the tank, remove the drain plug, drain the reservoir, refill everything, "burp" it, add more fluid and you're done. Oh...yeah...put the fuel tank back on. There is a service manual floating around this board somewhere that shows the details. Even a caveman can do it.

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    Do not use Automotive coolant. There has been several post on here that says that Automotive coolant can cause damage to the aluminum ( I be leave it causes corrosion).
    Chicago-spike should have the answer to that.
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    There are some coolants which are NOT good for your Honda. I use Honda premix. Your bike doesn't hold a lot so it doesn't cost that much extra.
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    Welcome and , I like engine ice. good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by TennX View Post
    Welcome and , I like engine ice. good luck
    How well does the engine ice work in the winter as an anti-freeze?

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    According to the container Engine Ice comes in.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by donut View Post
    Do not use Automotive coolant. There has been several post on here that says that Automotive coolant can cause damage to the aluminum ( I be leave it causes corrosion).
    Chicago-spike should have the answer to that.
    use honda pre mix, or coolant that is safe for aluminium blocks!!!! ( any bike coolant should do the job )

    the auto coolant does cause corrosion and gunk build up.
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    It is not that typical automotive coolants are bad or cause corrosion; its that they contain silica which is intended to scour away boiler scale and rust form the system. The silica is a micro abrasive and most Japaneese makers, including Honda, warn that silica can eventually ruin the seals in the water pump. Further, many coolant bottles fail to tell you if they have silica in the recipe. Honda automotive coolant does not and is more economical to buy than the same product packaged for cyles. If the maker does not specify silica free, then assume it is abrasive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stepbill View Post
    How well does the engine ice work in the winter as an anti-freeze?
    It is auntie freeze
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    you can use any anti-freeze that says it's silica free.
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    In my VFR I've been using green Prestone - borate and silicate free. That's what will be going into the VTX when the time comes.

    At least as of last week, their 50/50 mix was buy-one-get-one at Walmart for only $7.50 here - check that out!

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    Default 50/50 mix for coolant?

    I am going to flush my system...I know I need silicate free coolant.

    Do I mix it 50/50 with water, or 100% coolant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pappy in MN View Post
    I am going to flush my system...I know I need silicate free coolant.

    Do I mix it 50/50 with water, or 100% coolant?

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    50/50 unless it is premixed. And use DISTILLED water, not just tap water or spring water. You want to avoid introducing minerals into the system.

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    I use Toyota Super Long Life (pink). It's silicate free, pre-mixed, and it has a surprisingly high resistance to shock and oxidation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOSHWALEE View Post
    I use Toyota Super Long Life (pink). It's silicate free, pre-mixed, and it has a surprisingly high resistance to shock and oxidation.
    I heard the Toyota coolant makes your throttle stick....

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    Quote Originally Posted by elwray View Post
    I heard the Toyota coolant makes your throttle stick....
    I'm a wrench with Lexus. I can't tell you what I really think due to privacy disclosures. It's all a joke though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOSHWALEE View Post
    I'm a wrench with Lexus. I can't tell you what I really think due to privacy disclosures. It's all a joke though.
    I certainly is.
    People can't just stomp on the brakes and turn the ignition off? You have to look at the so called drivers and wonder.
    BTW Original Poster, coolant change is so easy on this bike, don't pay someone to do it. Really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOSHWALEE View Post
    I'm a wrench with Lexus. I can't tell you what I really think due to privacy disclosures. It's all a joke though.
    Amen. I love my toyota!!!

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    My dad has a Lexus and loves it... Aw man I didn't mean to derail this thread, lol sorry.

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