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What coolant do you use?

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I'm wanting to change the coolant out on the 550, and was wondering what you guys use, and is one better than another?
I was thinking good old Prestone, but I remembered seeing that some use Engine Ice. Is the Ice worth it, or does it really matter at all?

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I use whatever I have on my shelf at that particular moment which is always premixed. I just make sure it’s the same color as what came out. I’m not sure if you can add water to engine ice but it seems like I remember someone saying you can’t. That’s something to consider. With traditional coolant you could add water out on the trail if you needed to. If you can’t with engine ice, that would be a deal breaker for me. I carry enough crap and don’t want to carry extra coolant. Somebody always has water if you’re out for some reason. I do use Water Wetter. I can’t say I have noticed any difference with it, though.

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In my Grizz I've always just used the regular green stuff in the past. But have since stocked up on Peak Global Lifetime and all of my vehicles will be on that eventually.

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Thanks guys!

Sounds like antifreeze is antifreeze for the most part.

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Thanks guys!

Sounds like antifreeze is antifreeze for the most part.
Nothing can be further from the truth. But coolant technology has come a long way in recent years, and the advent of "all makes, all models" coolant, allowing it to mix with any coolant on the market, has definitely made the selection a lot easier.

But mix the wrong coolants together, and bad things happen.
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The few things I usually look for, is 1) the color is the same if I'm adding to existing coolant, 2) I make sure it's safe for use with aluminum engines. some aren't, I believe because of silicates. I believe most current prestone and peak coolants fall into the right category for you. JMO, and 3), if adding water while using a coolant concentrate, MAKE SURE it's distilled or de-ionized water. otherwise deposits will form in your cooling system.

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The few things I usually look for, is 1) the color is the same if I'm adding to existing coolant, 2) I make sure it's safe for use with aluminum engines. some aren't, I believe because of silicates. I believe most current prestone and peak coolants fall into the right category for you. JMO, and 3), if adding water while using a coolant concentrate, MAKE SURE it's distilled or de-ionized water. otherwise deposits will form in your cooling system.
Thanks! I want to drain and replace the coolant. I was mostly wondering if there is a "superior" coolant for our off road uses. I brought up engine ice earlier because they advertise lower running temps. Don't know if that is BS or not.

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I'm running engine ice. It helps the machine run a bit cooler, but like okbear said, it's basically not compatible with anything and it's kind of expensive.

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I use whatever I have on my shelf at that particular moment which is always premixed. I just make sure itís the same color as what came out. Iím not sure if you can add water to engine ice but it seems like I remember someone saying you canít. Thatís something to consider. With traditional coolant you could add water out on the trail if you needed to. If you canít with engine ice, that would be a deal breaker for me. I carry enough crap and donít want to carry extra coolant. Somebody always has water if youíre out for some reason. I do use Water Wetter. I canít say I have noticed any difference with it, though.
I run regular coolant also with Water Wetter and have not noticed a real difference in temps. I have a gauge and watch it a lot because I go through mud a lot and like to keep an eye on things.

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I have been running toyota red for the last 8000km. Best coolant on the market. Just have to do a good flush before the switch.

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I have been running toyota red for the last 8000km. Best coolant on the market. Just have to do a good flush before the switch.
This is a true statement.
Toyota and Honda automotive engine coolants are the best on the market. Well proven too.
I could get into the details of why, but a quick Google search will yield better results if someone wants to read about it.

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