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It's all antifreeze man, brand doesn't matter. You can go with a name brand you trust for peace of mind, but generally if you can find it at a store and it's permanent antifreeze, it should work.

Just make sure you either get prediluted 50/50 or of you want to mix your own, use distilled water to dilute down the concentrate...either way, just don't put pure concentrate in, it doesn't work that way.
 

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Whatever you do, do NOT use a coolant with silicates! I suggest you search the forum for other discussions on this topic before you make a decision.
 

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There are a few good threads to read in here where all sorts of people chime in on all things anti-freeze related.

Go up on your screen to the top green bar and select TOOLS.

Then ADVANCED SEARCH and type in antifreeze. It'll send you to a number of related threads.


Lots of info in those threads, more than enough for you to make a decision on your own.
 

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This is not good advice!!!

In the old days this was true but not anymore!!!


It's all antifreeze man, brand doesn't matter. You can go with a name brand you trust for peace of mind, but generally if you can find it at a store and it's permanent antifreeze, it should work.

Just make sure you either get prediluted 50/50 or of you want to mix your own, use distilled water to dilute down the concentrate...either way, just don't put pure concentrate in, it doesn't work that way.
 

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Use a formulation that's safe for aluminum. Buying a brand that is pre-mixed 50/50 makes life easier.
 

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Use a formulation that's safe for aluminum. Buying a brand that is pre-mixed 50/50 makes life easier.
Formulations with silicates are safe for aluminum, but cannot be used in aluminum systems that have been designed to not use silicates.
 

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Well shit, I have never heard of that. How does one tell of their antifreeze has silicates in it?
Again, do a search. Several brands have been noted in threads as to what type they are, but if you want to find out about a particular product that you don't find mentioned, it is best to go to the mfg web site. Any reputable mfg will list what type it is there.

There are silicate based (NO!), OAT (Organic Acid Technology) which is what Kawi AlumaCool is but Kawi uses a rarely used OAT ingredient, Hybrid OAT (another NO!) which is OAT with a small amount of silicates, and DexCool, which is a special type of OAT. Some people have used DexCool formulations without issue, but I don't trust them.

Some say if they are OAT (see below) or DexCool on the label. If they are primarily silicate based, it should say so on the label. Hybrid OAT products do not always state that's what they are on the labels.

Do not select a coolant based on color. There is no standard for type by color. Some mfg do use color to indicate certain types, but you should not trust color to determine the type.

Any purely OAT coolant should be OK.
 

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Have been using Chevron/Havoline DexCool (non-borate, non-silicate) in my '07 VN900 since its first coolant change with no issues. But am not certain that other brands of DexCool also meet Kawi's specs. Whether a brand does or does not have borates and/or silicates should be indicated on the label.

This thread is like reinventing the wheel since there have been lots of other threads about coolants.
 
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