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    Where to get proper coolant

    I've tried to find the nitrate free coolant to avoid $24 gallon for the BMW version. Anybody now a chain of stores that may carry one?
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    Hi hope this helps PepBoys,Car Qwest,Napa,Tractor Supply Any ford dealer, GM dealer but really check out A VW dealer as well. .
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    Why won't any anti-freeze/coolant that's designed for aluminum engines work?
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    Arrow

    yep that closes this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by BouncinBob View Post
    I've tried to find the nitrate free coolant to avoid $24 gallon for the BMW version. Anybody now a chain of stores that may carry one?
    So it's true? The cheapest thing on (in) a BMW isn't the coolant, right?



    I use this:



    Ready to use cooling liquid
    Anti-corrosion and anti freeze,
    Protection -35??C/-31??F
    AOT Technology
    Nitrite free / Amine free / Phosphate free / Borate free / Silicate free

    MOTUL MOTOCOOL FACTORY LINE is a racing cooling liquid, ready to use, based on monoethyleneglycol, using organic anti-corrosion additives to provide an outstanding protection to aluminium/magnesium alloys used by bike manufacturers on new engines design.

    PERFORMANCES
    Cooling system optimal protection from freezing and metallic parts from corrosion.
    Specific anti-corrosion agents provides the best protection efficiency on aluminium/magnesium alloys ÔÇô according to a dynamic corrosion test performed on a bike radiator, MOTOCOOL FACTORY LINE divides by 3 the corrosion rate compared to a common organic coolant.
    Provides an excellent thermal exchange and then engine cooling efficiency and prevents from boiling.
    This organic technology provides anti-corrosion properties that remain while high temperature and ageing. Low corrosion inhibitors consumption allows extended drain intervals. Water pump protection, avoid cavitation.
    Seals, durits and plastic parts friendly.

    Contains a bitterness agent to prevent from drinking : coolants and antifreezes have a sweet taste but are harmful.

    RECOMMENDATIONS
    Ready to use, do not add any water
    Drain intervals : Refer to the manufacturers' recommendation.
    Do not mix with non organic products.
    This product should not be used to protect drinking water systems against freezing.
    Because although BMW coolant is nitrate free, it's not silicate free. Prior to becoming a Motul dealer, I used Pentosin for the same reason and although it is more expensive in pre-mixed qts than un-mixed gallons, the quantities used on a bike make the quarts much more convenient, IMO.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dvandkq View Post
    Why won't any anti-freeze/coolant that's designed for aluminum engines work?

    Just in case you missed it:

    ...according to a dynamic corrosion test performed on a bike radiator, MOTOCOOL FACTORY LINE divides by 3 the corrosion rate compared to a common organic coolant.

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    bmw coolant

    24 bucks a gallon? Which dealer?
    I bought a gallon of the pure anti-freeze from the bmw dealer here in Minnesota. Moon Motors in Monticello. Cost me less than $14 bucks! Enough to last me for 2 changes unless I sell a quart of it off to my friend who bought my 85 K bike!
    I had used prestone... however bmw antifreeze stopped the leakage problem in the 85 due to pitted shaft!
    Getting more inclined to buy at bmw! I had purchased fork oil at the local aftermarket dealer here in St. Paul. 4.30 per pint....
    Bought the bmw 7.5 weight for 8.00+ a quart!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlearl476 View Post
    Just in case you missed it:
    What's the corrosion rate for $3 gallon coolant? Radiator life of 40 years?

    So now you're getting 120 years (three times 40 years) out of your cooling system?

    And it requires the use of $24/gal. coolant? Not sure it's worth the investment.

    R bike owners are laughing at us K bike owners worrying about coolant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvandkq View Post

    R bike owners are laughing at us K bike owners worrying about coolant.
    Let em laugh, how many times have they had to replace push rod seals???

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackHoof View Post
    Let em laugh, how many times have they had to replace push rod seals???
    How many have done the low-side grind to their cylinder heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BouncinBob View Post
    I've tried to find the nitrate free coolant to avoid $24 gallon for the BMW version. Anybody now a chain of stores that may carry one?
    I have a 94 K1100Lt with 126k mi. and always used any kind of anti freeze designed for aluminum engines. I think the BMW special formula is a big sales pitch.

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    K Bike Coolant

    I've got the same questions. Can we use Prestone long life (same formulation as Dexcool)? It is nitrate, phosphate, and silicate free. According to my Clymer manual, the BMW antifreeze contains silicates and other stuff not in the long life and the long life has things not in the BMW coolant. It sounds like the BMW coolant it is the old automobile two year antifreeze for a high price.

    Does anybody actually know what is OK? It is way too far to run to a BMW dealer, not to mention the price.

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    I have a friend who told me his cousins father-in-law used the wrong coolant..................
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