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post #1 of 10 Old 08-17-2004, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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I bought some Engine Ice to help cool things down a bit (I know...you all probably think I should have bought Evans, but that's life). Anyway...I want to make sure I properly flush out the cooling system. What is the basic/best way to do this? Should I empty it at the water pump, and empty the overflow bottle, pour water thru the radiator a to rinse the coolant out, then pour some engine ice in and let it flush out things as well before filling things back up.

How do we make sure that everything comes out of the motor (not just the radiator). Should I "blow" air thru the water jacket to empty the coolant, and then just run the motor with water, then repeat things over again? I've never had a water cooled quad before, so some pointers would be cool. I just don't want to gunk things up mixing the stock coolant with the Engine Ice.

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-17-2004, 08:25 PM
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I would just take the lowest coolant hose that connects to the pump off and let the coolant drain there. Most of it will come out. (Although there is a drain plug/bolt on the bottom of the pump. Doesnt work to well though.) Then drain the overflow bottle by disconnecting the hose or taking the bottle off completely. Hook them all back up and fill with water to the top. Run it at idle for a bit, then drain it yet again ..and repeat until you get pretty clean water. Then fill it with engine ice or whatever.


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Thanks, that makes sense... I'll mess around with that in a couple of evenings. I want to see if Engine Ice really does make a difference. If the heat coming from the headpipe tames down a bit, it will be well worth the money. I'm also switching to synthetic oil. I read that it makes a small difference in temperature too.

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No problem. Do you not have to mix Engine ice with anything? Just pour it in and go? Just curious.

Also, i was looking at an American Ironhorse motorcycle (like a harley) and noticed the pipes were chromed. Or so i thought until i looked closer. It was just a chromed piece of metal or something that wrapped around the visible part of the exhaust..acting as a nice looking heat shield. It has about half an inch gap in between. I was thinking, if someone could do all the bending and rolling to make it fit almost all the way around the visible part of an aftermarket exhaust, that would look/act as a bada$$ heat shield. If you do it right, it would look like your pipes are chromed. Sure you could jet hot coat it but, that wouldnt be a heat shield.


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It comes premixed.
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I am using Engine Ice and it made a big difference in how often my fan kicks on. Never tried Evans, but Engine Ice is a good product. I flushed water through my system until I got all of my glycol coolant out, and then I put the Engine Ice in. Unfortunately, it isn't going to make any noticable difference in your pipe temperature--it's good but it's not that good

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So do you think that richening up the jetting just a little bit might take down the temp a bit? I'm worried that the heat may be due to being jetted lean from the factory.

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My bike is stock. But when I removed my stock snorkle I noticed my engine running hotter. The fan ran alot more and it got very hot on my leg. I think this is a good way to tell if your jetting is not quite right.

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I don't think you are probably too lean if you are still stock with stock jetting. No matter what you do those pipes are going to put a tremendous amount of heat off. If you upgrade to an aftermarket exhaust that doesn't have a heat shield it will get even worse. This is the first four stroke I have ever owned, and I don't even notice the heat off of the pipes.

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I don't notice it much either...it's my wife that's complaining....it's her bike. I think she just needs to ride faster :P

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