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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Safe coolant to use other than from Suzuki?

Any alternative coolant/antifreeze to use with my 2012 Burgman 400 other than the pricy stuff from Suzuki. I want to make sure I'm using something safe for my scooter and of course to mix 50/50 with distilled water. Thanks
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I have a brand new 2017 650 Executive. My owner's manual says " Use Suzuki super long life coolant. If that is not available, use a glycol based anti-freeze compatible with an aluminum radiator mixed with distilled water only at a 50/5 ratio. Most AF mfrs. today produce the special aluminum radiator coolant.
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I'm curious to know if an alternative coolant could be used long term. Anyone else have any experiences good or bad?
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I don't see why not, I am sure Suzuki Coolant is MFR by one of the big brand coolant MFRS.. Even Suzuki motor oil is MFR by Shell Oil.
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Any brand of 50/50 long life coolant will do as long as it stipulates 'NITRITE, PHOSPHATE & AMINE FREE' on the label. Here in Oz I have been using Repco Organic Long Life - red in colour. Ensure you flush the system out at least twice to remove the original mix i.e. drain, fill with de-min, run then repeat the process. I use de-min water from the local super. I have regularly ridden in temps up to 42C in our summers without probs.

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I use Preston in both my Burgmans. After 10 years and a combined 180,000+ miles I think it might just be safe
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Can't touch Buffalo's mileage, so there's that.

FWIW, on both my former and current Execs (and on my former Honda Valkyrie) I've used Honda pre-mix, e.g., https://www.amazon.com/Honda-08C50-C...dp/B0039OTLRW/

$25 for two quarts, free shipping if you already have Prime membership. Seems reasonable to me, and you don't have to mix anything. Lots of dealers stock that stuff, so you may also be able to find a good deal locally.

(Oh, forgot, I also add a touch of WaterWetter when changing coolant, but that's me.)

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Water Wetter does work but did not show a drop in bars on my new 2017 650 Executive. On my 1998 Corvette years ago it did drop the temp. noticeably from standard while warmed up and running.
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Water Wetter does work but did not show a drop in bars on my new 2017 650 Executive. On my 1998 Corvette years ago it did drop the temp. noticeably from standard while warmed up and running.
Yep, may not make much difference, when the fan does or doesn't kick in (if ever), and so forth.

I have no personal way of knowing whether the product is partially, completely, or not-at-all snake oil, but I use it for the other supposed properties, as well: heat transfer and corrosion protection. See https://www.redlineoil.com/product.aspx?pid=74&pcid=10 for the official corporate line ...

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I use Prestone -Safe for all systems- and distilled water. Works in my Saturn, works in Burgman.
I had a 05 Concours, someone on their COG forum had a formula for long-life coolant. Water Wetter was part of it

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