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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-18-2001, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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Straight Water

is there a problem running straight water and no anti-freeze?
This would be only for the summer then change it back to the 50/50 mix for winter?

Just wondering if it would hurt the bike in anyway? Seems to me that the Anti-freezing is just to keep the water from freezing. Or does it in fact have a higher boiling point than water.

Would the bike run any cooler with just water.

Just looking for info.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-18-2001, 10:10 AM
 
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Yeah, it does have a higher boiling point. Stick with the 50/50 mix.

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At the track they use straight water to keep their engines cooler. This is not something for daily use. Guaranteed corrosion will develop. Eventually it will clog, you will need to flush out the cooling system, or even replace the radiator. Worse could happen.

You could do the same. When you head to the track put water in. And when you are done, replace it with coolant. And whatever you do, do not put in hard water. Water from the pipe is killer. Use distilled water, or even purified water.
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I've heard that but didn't know how much truth there was. I always run distilled water in the mix. I've heard too many horror stories about tap watter.

I've wondered about even running RO water as opposed to distilled. Probably doesn't make that big a difference. Only thing is it would be free from the kitchen (only a gallon an hour though)

I just ordered some Redline Water Wetter. Will give that a try and see how it works.
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If you have hard water and an RO, it will still be hard water just kinda purified. Though if you have a water softner in the house along with the ro, then it will, like the name implies, "soften" the water. Though I dunno if you would want to do that. Best to go with distilled I think.

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post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-18-2001, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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If you have hard water and an RO, it will still be hard water just kinda purified. Though if you have a water softner in the house along with the ro, then it will, like the name implies, "soften" the water. Though I dunno if you would want to do that. Best to go with distilled I think.

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Yea, I've got the softener throughout the house and softened water going into the RO for the Fridge (Ice and water) and a special spout in the sink.
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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-18-2001, 11:40 AM
 
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Water softeners use chemicals. I doubt they'd do your bike much good. Go w/ distilled, better safe that sorry.
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post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-18-2001, 11:54 AM
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At the track they use straight water to keep their engines cooler. This is not something for daily use. Guaranteed corrosion will develop. Eventually it will clog, you will need to flush out the cooling system, or even replace the radiator. Worse could happen.

You could do the same. When you head to the track put water in. And when you are done, replace it with coolant. And whatever you do, do not put in hard water. Water from the pipe is killer. Use distilled water, or even purified water.
Ya, water makes your engine run WAY cooler !! Where does this guy come from ??

At sea level water has a boiling point of 100 C. Mix antifreeze with water and the boiling point rises.
Now explain how water makes the bike run cooler ?

No, don't run water only, not only will your bike overheat quicker it is possible to corrode the crankcase if it is iron/steel ....

Water Wetter (sp ?) is used in place of antifreeze at the track.
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Interesting that you guys don't want to put softened water in your motorcycle, but you will put it in you bodies.
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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-18-2001, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ya, water makes your engine run WAY cooler !! Where does this guy come from ??

Who exactly are you directing this at?
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