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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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waterless coolant

Has anyone used this in their bikes. I was going to put it in my BMW auto but just sold it. So now im thinking for the FJR. If you cant trust Jay who can you trust
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Save yer money! There is no advantage to using it, the regular stuff works just fine and the cooling system is quite adequate.
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I have it in my 76 gl1000 because it is pretty heavily modified (54rwhp to now at 91rwhp) and the bike ran hot and overheated when going down the highway in excess of 70mph. A custom radiator and many other mods to help keep it from overheating. The Evans waterless coolant is presented as helping to cool better when in fact my bike actually ran a bit hotter.

I called Evans and their tech/engineer said that was fairly normal that it may run slightly warmer but with less temperature variation. Don’t know what to think about it, I ended up finding that the chin spoiler I had added seemed to be inhibiting the air from going through the radiator at speed and causing the overheating.

I tend to go along with Ray’s assessment, the Evans is still in the G-Wing the temp is a bit warmer but there is less swing to it but i’ll say that if you need more coolant on the road you’re kinda screwed because you can’t just add some water. So i’d add that in that regard normal coolant that you can find anywhere is better. It’s a bit of an ordeal to change the G-Wing back so i’ve yet to do that. Anyway that’s my .02, hope it helps.
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Just an FYI.
Many many moons ago... I checked into the waterless coolants and found that (at the time) they were only coolant and would freeze at similar temps as water. I couldn't justify draining the cooling system every winter for the small gain in anti-boil protection.
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I did the propylene glycol coolant (Engine Ice) and saw no difference in op temps. At $20+ a gallon, it was a waste of money.

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Evans waterless coolant is not what it appears to be.
Look up videos online about tests done on it.
It appears to me to be marketing an overpriced product, that is not nessecary.
Regular coolant changes with the specified coolant is all thats needed.

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Thanks for the replies. I was going to use it in my BMW 540I with 4.5 liter V8. That system runs hot and has a normal operating pressure of 22-23 psi which puts a lot of stress on the plastic radiator end caps and overflow tank. They tend to fail quit often. A lot of the 540I guys run it to lower the system pressure which reduces the stress on the radiator. I sold the car but was kinda wondering about the bike.I will stay with the ethylene glycol.

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For the Beemer, couldn't you just run a lower pressure rad cap? That's what determines the pressure, not what coolant is in it.

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For the Beemer, couldn't you just run a lower pressure rad cap? That's what determines the pressure, not what coolant is in it.
Yes some of the guys have changed to a lower cap. But if memory serves me it had to do with emissions for that engine. I dont remember all the details but there was a lot of discussion on blown radiators for that engine

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Thanks for the replies. I was going to use it in my BMW 540I with 4.5 liter V8. That system runs hot and has a normal operating pressure of 22-23 psi which puts a lot of stress on the plastic radiator end caps and overflow tank. They tend to fail quit often. A lot of the 540I guys run it to lower the system pressure which reduces the stress on the radiator. I sold the car but was kinda wondering about the bike.I will stay with the ethylene glycol.

I remember reading about it when Wingsters first found it decades ago. Interesting. It most definitely would reduce pressure because you do things to the system to make it run as an un/low-pressure system (modified/changed radiator cap IIRC).


Like others have said, it could leave you in a world of hurt out on the road unless you carry your replacements with you.

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