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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-12-2018, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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When is the best time to Change/flush the coolant?

Just curious? I often worry if i am running my ZX14 too hot because it get up to the 200's+ in city and bumper to bumper riding. Bike only has like 6734 miles give or take

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-12-2018, 01:06 PM
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These bikes get hot, especially in city riding. And even worse on the gen1's. But to answer your question, I do mine every 2-3 years. If you get the ecu flashes you can get the fans to turn on earlier. Mine turn on at 95*C and turn off at 90*C.

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Ive got the Gen 1,, Engine ice Recommends changing every year.
Mine was in 4-5 years with no issues or cooling problems.
The last 3 years ive been in wyoming where it hardly gets above 90 deg.
Not much sitting in traffic either.
After changing and riding all day,, only 2 bars while moving.
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Just curious? I often worry if i am running my ZX14 too hot because it get up to the 200's+ in city and bumper to bumper riding. Bike only has like 6734 miles give or take
Lots of city riding, Should prob change every 2 yrs
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2018, 01:08 PM
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"The last 3 years ive been in wyoming where it hardly gets above 90 deg"

Huh ? I was tooling through town (Cody) just yesterday, stuck behind a bunchof lumbering RV's (all of them likely heading to Jellystone or Walmart parking-lot for the night) every red-light caught me...too many cops around to split-lanes, and they WILL pull a bike over & write you up if they catch you doing it, btw) and temps were EASILY 95/98...

...after I parked, my fan stayed on for at least 5 mins...so yeah..it gets over 90 here in Wyo...lol

(and I have darn sure spent a fair amount of time fixing-fence up in Montana in 115 degrees, over the years)

After yesterday, I am giving serious-thought to pulling all three plastic upper-fairing fascia's (especially the two on both sides of tank) to allow more heat to escape from under the gas-tank...and might even pull the lower-cowling for the summer, if yestrdays temperatures (in mid-June) are any indication of what's yet in-store for us.

Has anybody tried any of those coolant-modifiers yet ? There's one I've been seeing at Walmart & Autozone...the name escapes me at the moment, but I'm wondering if it helps or if it'd just end up 'diluted' along with whatever-else is in overflow-tank, after hot-weather city-driving ?
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True,, i dont sit in traffic much, so hardly get to hihger temp range.
Its July and i have only rode 3 times
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-15-2018, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Do you take both sides off or just one side for Coolant change/flush?

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radiator cap on one side
drain plug is on water pump on other side
might as well check your air filter too

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 12:03 PM
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i just got a 2007 with 20,000 miles.
Air filter a mess of fuzz, maybe replaced once?
Checking the sparkplugs, they look ok, but replacing with new.
Doubt the coolant has been changed.
Thinking of going in further to check valve clearances. Once that plastic comes off, best to do things once.
Anyone wrap exhaust headers to collector? Front fender needs an extension to keep crap off the header.
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