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WintrSol and ZXT10D are dead on. Good luck. Hope you can find the source of the overheating easy.
 

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I didn't have an overheating either on VTX one time that I got. It wasn't until the summer that things started happening. Turned out the previous owner had removed the radiator completely because he thought it was ugly I guess. I got it back from him but I'm mentioning this because one event might not relate to another. I'm sure a mix won't hurt to try. The question is what percentage and I have no idea there. I think the Honda was a 50/50 mix.
 

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Yep, no radiator. I got from a local dealer and they didn't catch it either. Ran fine. I put ~500 miles on it before summer it. Dealer split the labor to put it back on. Then I went a crashed the thing anyway.
 

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Yes I have but put it out of my mind for fear I'd get even more ticked off if I thought about it. Greed is everywhere these days.
 

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I had a problem with boil out, and after 2 years of carrying around coolant in a bottle to top up during summer it struck me that there was one thing that nobody mentioned... the radiator cap. Changed that 3 years ago and haven't needed to add coolant again!
Very good point.:thumbsup: That is an often overlooked item.:thumbsup:
 

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I wonder if kg6ath is referring to late model bikes and engines. Car-wise things have certainly changed but not sure if the cooling system there has changed to this 212潞 referenced. I don't think I'd be too surprised if it has.
 

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Not to be ugly, but I'm still laughing about the mechanic that missed the radiator on a water cooled engine! Maybe I have mistakenly underestimated my mechanical skills!
Believe it or not it is very easy to miss if you aren't familiar with any particular model. I once bought a Honda VTX on consignment from a Suzuki dealer and put several hundred miles on it. Bought in the fall, ridden then thru winter when it wasn't freezing and into spring/summer. One hot day the oil light came on. I took it back to the dealer so they could find the problem. When they started looking into it, they were shocked. It had no radiator but should have had one. After some investigation they found the previous owner got a stick rammed into the radiator so he just removed everything. Finally all the pieces fell into place as to why it was sold so cheap. I did get a heck of a deal on it even with the added repair. Like over $3k below Kelly Bluebook. I was only out another $500 to get it back like it should have been sold. Dealer ate half the labor and I paid for parts which wasn't that much. So it happens.
 

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The answer is No...never run 100%. 50/50 or per operators manual. If you don't have one, get one.
 
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