What kind of water to mix with antifreeze?

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  1. Drop_Center

    Drop_Center Long timer

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    I have access to completely pure deionized water where I work. Wondering if this would be a bad idea? The distilled water at the grocery seems to be very acidic and is it trustworthy? Our tap water is very hard here in Colorado.

    What should I use and what if all my water is too acidic is baking soda an option?
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  2. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    To date, I've used bottled distilled water to create a 50/50 mix. That's the instruction evident on the label of the coolant bottle, irrespective of brand.

    Premix is remarkably expensive for what it is. I'll roll my own.
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  3. Bounder

    Bounder Typing...

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    Buy premixed stuff take the guesswork and potential error out of the equation.
    Honda car dealers sell stuff that works very well for bikes and isn't expensive.
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  4. MattLikeyBikey

    MattLikeyBikey Been here awhile

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    You can't do wrong with deionized or distilled. I often buy premix but that equates to about $4 to $8 for half a gallon of water and loss of usable coolant when a gal of distilled is 78 cents around here. The coolant manufacturers love when we buy premixed.
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  5. Drop_Center

    Drop_Center Long timer

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    So I take it the cheap water at the grocery is trustworthy?
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  6. radmann10

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    Distilled water is the recommendation!
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  7. Drop_Center

    Drop_Center Long timer

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    Sorry, the cheap distilled water?
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    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Yep. No minerals to crust up the engine.
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  9. anotherguy

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    Distilled water cost $1 per gallon around here. That'd be cheap in my book.
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  10. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    I keep the last empty jug, buy a new undiluted jug, pour half in the old jug and fill both with distilled water. All done.
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  11. severely

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    Please avoid the temptation of putting automotive anti-freeze in your motorcycle. Good luck
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    Why? As long as it meets the specifications the manufacturer sets what's the problem?
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  13. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    This has the potential to rival an oil thread.

    Bottom line, use distilled water or premix, and don't use coolant containing silicates in a motorcycle (read the labels, it will tell you). If you like spending money, you can buy pre-mix at any motorcycle dealership (that sells water cooled bikes of some variety) that will be safe.
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  14. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Please specify? The factory recommended coolant for my motorcycle does contain silicates.A low content but some nonetheless.:nod

    But no Nitrites or Phosphates.....!Same coolant used for my motorcycle is also used by quite a few car companies.:wink:

    De-ionised water!!! Usually on the shelf next to the coolant "to factory specs" I buy for my motorcycle.
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  15. severely

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    The high level of silicates are the issue.
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  16. Drop_Center

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    Per an different thread here, this is what I plan to use

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  17. anotherguy

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    Well the specification states no silicates and the product has none it's fine to use. Reading is awesome. I am currently running this in my 2004 Aprilia Tuono. Seems to run 6-8* F cooler than it did too.

    Silicate and nitrite free.

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  18. Cycle Goon

    Cycle Goon Been here awhile

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    At every shop, they have a purified water tap. Water comes straight from the heavens above. Angel tears.

    You're an idiot if you think shops use anything other than tap water
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  19. Drop_Center

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    Guess I'm an idiot, it would take a pretty special kind of asshole to use the water around here
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  20. anotherguy

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    Nah we just buy the $1 a gallon distilled. Use it in the occasional wet battery as well. Consult the mirror for more information on the idiot.
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