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Old 09-05-2013, 12:37 PM   #1
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Can I get antifreeze from just a basic hardware store autozone advanced etc or should I actually get it from my local dealer??


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Old 09-05-2013, 01:12 PM   #2
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There's pro's and con's to different brands like anything else; but anything that is labeled safe for aluminum should work just fine for your bike. Most antifreeze is these days as I understand it but for peace of mind I wouldn't run anything not specifically labeled somewhere as "safe for aluminum engines".
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:14 PM   #3
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Can I get antifreeze from just a basic hardware store autozone advanced etc or should I actually get it from my local dealer??


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I buy mine at the local auto parts store my nearest Kawasaki Dealer is an hour away. The Shop Manual for my Mean Streak specifies as follows:

Permanent type antifreeze ( soft water and ethylene glycol plus corrosion and rust inhibitor chemicals for aluminum engines and radiators)
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Soft water 50% coolant 50% -35 C (-31 F)


You may want to get a shop manual for your bike as changing coolant in my bike evolved a bit more that just draining and replacing the antifreeze. That being said the dealer estimated $180.00. I bought a gallon of premix and have enough left over to add as necessary until the next change.

I hope this helps.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:16 PM   #4
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For peace of mind and at the expense of a couple bucks, I just buy the Honda coolant. Premixed and ready to go. Yes there are cheaper ways to go, but, I change it out every other year and the dollar cost isn't going to break me.
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+1 on the Honda pre-mixed juice
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:03 PM   #6
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Whatever you use should be silicate free, should say on the label. While I probably paid too much, just to be safe I bought one specifically for motorcycles.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:05 PM   #7
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Thanks guys! I just went a head and bought kawasaki spent 10 bucks for a quart but it is straight antifreeZe


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