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  • GSX-R600 2012 Coolant type?

    Yesterday I spent over two hours removing the fairings from my GSX-R600L2 fitting a Rad Guard and Cut R&G crash protectors, replacing everything, only to find that the coolant reserve tank was on the lower limit of acceptable.

    So this weekend, I plan to flush and replace the coolant. But I am unsure what is the best coolant to use. Do I pick something up from Supercheap or does it need to be something special?

    Also for people who go to Track Days what Dot 4 type brake fluid do you recommend? I have seen some products mention SuperDot 4 race spec?
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    oem is suzuki golden cruiser 1200na long life coolant

    part number gc990-99032-250

    ask Adam at joondalup suzuki to get you some in


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    • #3
      Perfect will do!
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      • #4
        DOT4 is a spec, so any fluid that complies with the DOT4 spec should be fine. If you want better look for DOT5.1 (not 5 as 5 is silicon based) rated fluid.

        But as a track day non-racer DOT4 will likely be fine... I doubt you'll be pushing the brakes anywhere near their limit (I've never had fluid related problems there, and never bothered with any special prep like changing the fluid for fresh stuff outside of regular maintenance).
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        • #5
          Originally posted by thro View Post
          DOT4 is a spec, so any fluid that complies with the DOT4 spec should be fine. If you want better look for DOT5.1 (not 5 as 5 is silicon based) rated fluid.

          But as a track day non-racer DOT4 will likely be fine... I doubt you'll be pushing the brakes anywhere near their limit (I've never had fluid related problems there, and never bothered with any special prep like changing the fluid for fresh stuff outside of regular maintenance).
          Does using brake fluid instead of coolant increase the engine braking capabilities of your bike?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Loud View Post
            Does using brake fluid instead of coolant increase the engine braking capabilities of your bike?
            You clearly didn't read the second question in his post.
            “Crashing is shit for you, shit for the bike, shit for the mechanics and shit for the set-up,” Checa told me a while back. “It’s a signal that you are heading in the wrong direction. You want to win but crashing is the opposite. It’s like being in France when you want to go to England and when you crash you go to Spain. That way you’ll never get to England!” -- Carlos Checa

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            • #7
              Originally posted by thro View Post
              You clearly didn't read the second question in his post.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Loud View Post
                I have a short attention sp... SQUIRREL!
                reading and attention spans are soooo 2014


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Loud View Post
                  Does using brake fluid instead of coolant increase the engine braking capabilities of your bike?
                  Yep.

                  Once that engine has cooked and locked up there would be more engine braking than is required (or desired).










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                  • #10
                    If you are going to do track days get one of the better Dot 4's. You can find all the specs on the Internet if you do a search. I had been running what Thought was a decent one but recently found out it only just made the specs for Dot 4. I was getting enough fade to be annoying but no where near a problem. Had Motul 600 in the last couple of days and it's way better. Almost no change all session with the Motul.

                    Don't wast your cash on a 5.1 fluid unless you are really serious and intend to change it regularly. Apparently it absorbs moisture way quicker than a dot 3 or 4 which means more maintenance for no real gain.
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                    • #11
                      Cheers. I was checking through my manual and ut says my rubber lines need replacing every four years so i just bought some braided lines and will get k-tec to fit as i m not confident in bleeding the system myself.

                      Going to flush and replace the coolant tomorrow. Fingers crossed all goes well.
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                      • #12
                        tectaloy performance 100 its a 50/50 pre mix from autobarn/supercheap and Castrol Response Brake Fluid super dot 4
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Corona 221 View Post
                          If you are going to do track days get one of the better Dot 4's. You can find all the specs on the Internet if you do a search. I had been running what Thought was a decent one but recently found out it only just made the specs for Dot 4. I was getting enough fade to be annoying but no where near a problem. Had Motul 600 in the last couple of days and it's way better. Almost no change all session with the Motul.

                          Don't wast your cash on a 5.1 fluid unless you are really serious and intend to change it regularly. Apparently it absorbs moisture way quicker than a dot 3 or 4 which means more maintenance for no real gain.
                          by any chance did you replace your brake pads at the same time? if no, i'll call it placebo effect.

                          you are correct tho, not all dot 4's are the same, some are rated higher than 5.1 even, but that wont cause fade, only failure.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Paraletic View Post
                            by any chance did you replace your brake pads at the same time? if no, i'll call it placebo effect.

                            you are correct tho, not all dot 4's are the same, some are rated higher than 5.1 even, but that wont cause fade, only failure.
                            Depends how "wet" the fluid is...

                            A good dot4 or 5.1 can have a higher boiling point when saturated than the lower end dot4 has out of the bottle.

                            With equal saturation a lower spec dot4 will fade earlier.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by filbert View Post
                              Depends how "wet" the fluid is...

                              A good dot4 or 5.1 can have a higher boiling point when saturated than the lower end dot4 has out of the bottle.

                              With equal saturation a lower spec dot4 will fade earlier.
                              agreed... water and quality affect the boilint point of the fluid.

                              hovever, once it boils the braking system will fail rather than fade

                              fade is generally the less efficient braking caused by retained heat, or lack of 'heat sink'

                              and to answer the op's original 2nd question, I race with DOT 4.
                              Last edited by Paraletic; 25-01-2015, 01:45 PM.

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