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Old June 20th, 2017, 02:18 PM   #11
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You can indeed top up with distilled water. The "AGIP Coolant Permamanent Special" is just premixed with water.

Don't use another coolant though. I read about the aluminum alloy ducati uses getting eaten up by certain types. The pink AGIP stuff is what you should use during a coolant change.

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Old June 20th, 2017, 07:56 PM   #12
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Thanks much!
I'll pick up a jug at the dealer next time by as a coolant change will be done later this Summer.

Getting prepped for a 4 days Trinity Alps ride this weekend. Hoping I haven't missed anything on the Strada. Just checking over the bike.
Verified today that my year ('13) has no oil cooler. (duh, I know!)

I was confused as I'd seen other bikes (newer?) with a cooler hanging down in a vulnerable position.
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Old June 21st, 2017, 04:45 AM   #13
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Thanks much!
I'll pick up a jug at the dealer next time by as a coolant change will be done later this Summer.

Getting prepped for a 4 days Trinity Alps ride this weekend. Hoping I haven't missed anything on the Strada. Just checking over the bike.
Verified today that my year ('13) has no oil cooler. (duh, I know!)

I was confused as I'd seen other bikes (newer?) with a cooler hanging down in a vulnerable position.
Yeah, those are the 939's. Talk about a bad spot for anyone that likes taking their hypers on gravel roads.

But yeah, another vote for being able to use distilled water. I was able to get 3 bottles of the AGIP coolant for $45 on ebay for when I did my last major service. The horror stories of other coolants made me stick to the recommended stuff.
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Old June 22nd, 2017, 05:39 AM   #14
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Is it just me or is the "window" to check coolant level utterly useless on these bikes? I can't see squat when i try and use the window...
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Old June 22nd, 2017, 05:44 AM   #15
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LED flashlight illuminates the level well.

Check then don't worry about it, unless you see a leak on the floor.
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Old June 22nd, 2017, 01:06 PM   #16
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Well, my radiator is leaking bad enough that I just went with a locally sold brand. Wasn't aware it could eat the core but I'm probably gonna replace it anyway. I caused the leak, so nobody freak out.

With that, I obviously have to check my coolant level often. It's awful. The darker colored coolant I used helps slightly with seeing the level, if it's in direct sunlight and I rock the bike a little to see the fluid move. Shit design.
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Old June 22nd, 2017, 04:25 PM   #17
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Well, my radiator is leaking bad enough that I just went with a locally sold brand. Wasn't aware it could eat the core but I'm probably gonna replace it anyway. I caused the leak, so nobody freak out.

With that, I obviously have to check my coolant level often. It's awful. The darker colored coolant I used helps slightly with seeing the level, if it's in direct sunlight and I rock the bike a little to see the fluid move. Shit design.
It's actually the engine cylinder head that they had corrosion issues with, not the radiator. Due to the alloys they use and dissimilar metals, it creates a type of galvanic corrosion which led to corrosion between the water jacket and engine oil.

Were you ever able to fix the radiator? https://www.jbweld.com/products/j-b-weld-radiatorweld
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 09:03 AM   #18
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Second that. Distilled water is okay, mixing coolants is not. I've seen a car or two with different coolant mixes in it, usually orange and green, you end up with a weird vomit colored sludge after time. And this should go without saying but NEVER use that radiator leak seal shit. It's awful and will totally fuck your motor.
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