I am. About the only difference I can tell is that in the dead of summer the temp. bars run about one less than before-and the fan cuts on a little less. That's good because I live in equatorial Mississippi which is hot as hell in the summertime.
Well this new bike came with a blue coolant. The manual says it's Mobil coolant, but I can't find any coolant info on Mobils site. It looks just like Engine Ice, and that is what a friend has been trying to get me to try. He swears by it..... He says he has noticed a difference big time..... I want to know what is in there, and if it is worth flushing only after 300miles. Another dealer said the factory coolant is "*****" and to get it out of the engine because it is "corrosive as hell to aluminum heads"......
thats all I have in mine, I have no issues of note whatsoever, does what it's supposed to do.
I cant compare it to regular coolant because I've never hat it in the bike to compare it to..I think naked bikes arent too big a task to keep cool in general anyhow, fantastic heat dissipation qualities without the oven mitt's of a faring.
Engine Ice is propylene glycol (PG). Normal antifreeze is ethylene glycol (EG). Ethylene glycol is toxic to animals and plants, and is SLIPPERY if spilled. Propylene glycol coolant mixes tend to have less surface tension than EG mixes and can show improved cooling in some conditions. The lower surface tension allows smaller bubles to form if hot spots develop in the engine when run hard in hot conditions. The smaller bubbles allow improved cooling over larger bubbles.
There are several other propylene glycol antifreezes on the market including Sierra, Amsoil ANT, and Evans NPG Coolant - to name a few.
I use a 20% PG, 5% surfactant (like Water Wetter), 75% distilled water mix. This gives me sub-freezing protection, and improved cooling for the engine. If you live where it gets substantially colder, use a greater percentage of antifreeze.
How good are either of these at preventing freezing? I'm changing the coolant in Sponge Bob for this weekend and was going to use Water Wetter, but it gets cold here and I'd hate to have the thing crack.
(Yes, it freezes in Florida - I still have nightmares about finding my '58 Chevy in the parking lot with the radiator hoses burst, icicles frozen in mid-ooze from all connections. Fortunately, the freeze plugs on the old straight six did their job and popped out. Hammered 'em back in and eased on down the road.)
JenningsGP says straight water or Water Wetter on their site.
Went by the shop today. They carry both. The owner is an ex WERA racer. He said for road race bikes they recommend Water Wetter, for off-road bikes (they're a KTM dealer too) they recommend the Engine Ice. Didn't think to ask him why. Got the Water Wetter.
I know the Engine Ice site says it's AMA approved.
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