Coolant Vs. Water

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  1. sleev

    sleev It's sleep, life, and death It's speed, coke, and

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    So it's time to replace the coolant in my bike. My friend is telling me water is going to get me better performance than coolant, with more maintenance, of course. Has anyone else done this? Are there any serious ramifications to doing this I should know about?
     
  2. TL1000RSquid

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    Stick with regular coolant or other alternitives like Engine Ice, you wont get better performance out of straight water..
     
  3. jtl090179

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    plus water freezes and has a very low boiling point compared to coolant, not sure about bikes but its that way in cars
     
  4. sleev

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    I was going to add antifreeze in, come fall.
     
  5. V!

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    Run a water/coolant mix

    Straight water is only good for track uses, as it cools down faster then water

    Running just water for everyday driving is pretty bad
     
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    You also shouldn't coolant in races because if you crash and it spills onto the track its slippery as.
     
  7. jtl090179

    jtl090179 Oh I get it, yeah. He's the girl, then you're the OT Supporter

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    you mean coolant right?
     
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    This is the dumbest thing i've ever seen posted

    If you crash your bike why in the name of god would you care if the track is slippery?
     
  9. V!

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    yeah
     
  10. TL1000RSquid

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    Cause theirs other people on the track? :hsugh: Most racing organizations don't allow regular coolants, have to use water wetter or other similar coolants, last track day I did they allowed engine ice also.
     
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    +1, no track day organization will allow coolant, just use water wetter and be done w/ it
     
  12. RexPokinghorn

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    This is the most ignorant thing I've ever seen posted. Obviously you've never ridden on a track before.

    You're not the only person riding the track, if you crash you don't want your coolant fucking over other riders.
     
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    this just happend a few months back (think it was buttonwillow, not sure), they had to close the track down for 3 hrs because someone put coolant and it spilled, imagine how pissed everyone was considering they paid over a 100 bucks to ride that track not to mention the expenses involved to get there
     
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    The easiest thing to do is just get a bottle of pre-diluted antifreeze and run that. Its not like most people ever go to the track anyway.

    Whatever you do, dont use tap water. Use distilled water instead.
     
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    reason being? :dunno:
     
  16. keleko

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    FAR too much crap in tap water

    distilled is PURE water, while the stuff that comes out of the faucet has a lot of contaminints(sp)
     
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    If you run straight water distilled will cause more corrosion than tap water because it has no contaminants in it and it is more ready to dissolve everything it touches. On the other hand tap water leaves mineral deposits in your engine and radiator. Straight water has better cooling properties than water/coolant but it has provides little lubrication for your water pump and boils at a lower temperature and freezes easily. With a proper pressure cap and a functioning cooling system though you shouldnt be hitting boiling temperatures.

    Personally I always run 25% coolant and 75% distilled water. I dont bother with water wetter unless on the track and cannot use coolant. Water Wetter is better than straight water but it still wont lubricate like real coolant.
     
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    Never been on a track day, lol :ugh2:
     
  19. V!

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    I really need to start using smileys to convey my thoughts, people are starting to take me seriously.


    EDIT: :noes: :run:
     
  20. jtl090179

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    i was going to say that i thought you were being sarcastic but i figured youd be back soon enough
     
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    I should be working, but instead here I am in the power sports forum.........:hs:
     
  22. RexPokinghorn

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    Aren't we all? Aren't we all.... :rofl:
     
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    I run water and water wetter

    ont he track they don't allow prestone anyways.

    and also bike runs cooler now...

    just make sure your bike doesn't get under 31F and you're fine, no downside on using water
     
  24. RexPokinghorn

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    Does anyone know how long regular (stock) coolant usually lasts?
     
  25. sleev

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    I'm believe my cbr manual says to replace it every 2 years.
     

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