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post #1 of 28 Old 01-15-2013, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone use any coolant additives?

I was wondering if anyone has used any radiator additives like Royal Purple: Purple Ice before. If so, did you notice cooler temps? If you did, how much lower?
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I personally have not used this product or others. But I trust royal purple 100%

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IMO, I think coolant additives are a gimmick. I can see using something like water-wetter to reduce surface tension of the fluid in the warmer months if you live in a hot climate, such as CO. However the corrosion protection is there with the OEM recommended fluid and if you use distilled water it'll save from corrosion more cheaply than gimmicky solutions. Generally speaking, your coolant will be good in the temperature range specified (up to 120*+, down to -20*) when mixed accordingly.

If you want peace of mind during the summer, drain a bit of coolant out and add water to give you a 60/40 water/coolant ratio and add a bit of water wetter (you'll need to know the starting ratio and total volume).
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IMO, I think coolant additives are a gimmick. I can see using something like water-wetter to reduce surface tension of the fluid in the warmer months if you live in a hot climate, such as CO. However the corrosion protection is there with the OEM recommended fluid and if you use distilled water it'll save from corrosion more cheaply than gimmicky solutions. Generally speaking, your coolant will be good in the temperature range specified (up to 120*+, down to -20*) when mixed accordingly.

If you want peace of mind during the summer, drain a bit of coolant out and add water to give you a 60/40 water/coolant ratio and add a bit of water wetter (you'll need to know the starting ratio and total volume).
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i use "water wetter" its like insurance for yer cooling system, keeps everything a little cooler.
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I agree with above ^ Water Wetter is what i had ordered in for my bike
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I use water wetter and distilled water and noticed a difference. My temperatures never go much past 215-225 and thats in stand still traffic. I probably should of used just distilled water first and see if there was a difference without the water wetter in it.



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I just bought some Royal Purple Purple Ice and aren't sure whether to return it or not, probably will go get Water Wetter instead. It specifies NOT USING IT WITH DISTILLED WATER. I contacted customer support.

The reason I post in this old thread is to see whether anyone has a clue as why they would say this.

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i use "water wetter" its like insurance for yer cooling system, keeps everything a little cooler.
I was a massive convert to "water wetter" when I was running it in my Corvettes (after substantive testing). I want to use it in my ZX6R. Can I add it to the standard glycol mix or is it best to dump that out and go distilled (like I did in the Vettes)? I just don't know much about the cooling system on the Kwaka, I assume it's got alloy for Africa so probably needs some sort of stabiliser in there to protect it.

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Found a good article on de-mineralized water vs distilled. http://www.reco-cool.com/media/uploa...in_0014_13.pdf

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Sorry, I meant de-mineralised...but yeah, anyway can I just stuff Water Wetter into my coolant system or do I need to flush? The bike hardly gets ridden in the winter.

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I use Engine Ice which is pretty similar but will be switching to Water Wetter when the time comes for a flush, just because there are a few track day and racing organizations that don't allow engine ice for some reason. Seems like everyone allows Water Wetter though, so I'll go with that in the future.

Flush your coolant first, and then replace with Water Wetter. For me it wasn't a problem because both my bikes came with distilled water in for coolant....damn southerners who have never witnessed freezing temps!! lol

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So no issues with pH (acidity) in our alloy motors using just de-mineralised (or distilled, yeah I know they are different) water and water wetter?

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So no issues with pH (acidity) in our alloy motors using just de-mineralised (or distilled, yeah I know they are different) water and water wetter?
Nope. People run just straight up distilled water all the time in their race bikes in the southern areas where it doesn't freeze. I can't do that because my garage gets right around freezing temp in the winter, so I've ran Engine Ice for years. Water Wetter works just as well too.

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Had a friend do extensive testing..
Results, 40 % coolant 58% water.. and 2 % water wetter gave the best cooling.
More coolant does not help cool the bike, it just lowers freezing point.

Most coolants have anti-corrosion for the cooling system it's better to run it than not.
Mineral's in the coolant or water not good.

STT allows Engine Ice, I use it along with recommended Water Wetter product..
Have always heard good things on Royal purple, if I had it would use it.
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