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Owner of the new 2017 Honda Rebel 500A, what kind of coolant can I use to top off the reservoir tank. Does it have to been the Honda one or any 50:50 premix will work?

I have a Prestone 50:50 premix can for my car. will this work?
 

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It "has" to be the Honda one, it's a special coolant that they use.
But, supposedly there is some coolant out there that has all the required specifications as the Honda coolant have, and thus can be used instead, but I've not found one so far...
 

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It does not have to be Honda specific... Just like the motor oil. Of course Honda is going to tell you you have to use their own. I just buy the green 50/50 mix.
 

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It does not have to be Honda specific... Just like the motor oil. Of course Honda is going to tell you you have to use their own. I just buy the green 50/50 mix.
You still have to follow the spesification spesified for each fluids, otherwise you end up ruining your engine....
 

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Hi all - in the manual, it says "Pro Honda HP Coolant" which I can find on ebay, but only in the USA !! (I'm in the UK)
Guidelines are a concentration of 50 / 50 anti-freeze and distilled water, which must be suitable for aluminium engines.
I'll report back when I find one.
 

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Don't be tempted to just top up with neat coolant, it'll raise the freezing temperature. The weaker 50/50 mix helps maintain a lower freezing point than just neat antifreeze.
 

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Hi all - in the manual, it says "Pro Honda HP Coolant" which I can find on ebay, but only in the USA !! (I'm in the UK)
Guidelines are a concentration of 50 / 50 anti-freeze and distilled water, which must be suitable for aluminium engines.
I'll report back when I find one.
Must be suitable for aluminum engines as you stated but must also be silicate free.


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Thank you - all comments greatly appreciated!
I've found Castrol Motorcycle Coolant for £6.50 from my local Wilko Motosave, and a bottle of distilled water for £1 - all sold to me by a chap who uses it in his own bikes! What could possibly go wrong . . .
 

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Don't be tempted to just top up with neat coolant, it'll raise the freezing temperature. The weaker 50/50 mix helps maintain a lower freezing point than just neat antifreeze.
Thank you - I've just got some CASTROL motorcycle coolant and some distilled water; £7.50 for both which is a really good price! I'm sure it'll be fine - it was sold to me by a guy who puts it in his own bikes so . . . what could possibly go wrong!
 

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Thank you - all comments greatly appreciated!
I've found Castrol Motorcycle Coolant for £6.50 from my local Wilko Motosave, and a bottle of distilled water for £1 - all sold to me by a chap who uses it in his own bikes! What could possibly go wrong . . .
the Castrol coolant already comes pre-diluted at a 50/50 mix...you do not want to add distilled water
 
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the Castrol coolant already comes pre-diluted at a 50/50 mix...you do not want to add distilled water
Thank you once again, rws! I knew if I joined this site I'd get proper answers !!

Bottle of distilled water for sale . . . half price 50p !!
 

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If you are hard to find "Honda pro HP coolant", you can use asian blue coolant that using on cars for alternatives.
Honda: Type 2 coolant (blue)
Subaru: Subaru super coolant(blue)
Suzuki: Super longlife coolant(blue)
These are all silicate free coolants.
 

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Thank you - I actually don't expect to need it for a long time as it is newly serviced, and has no leaks!
However, I like to have things in stock for when I do need it . . .
I appreciate all advice.
 
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