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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-02-2004, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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trailering in the cold

No smartasses with "water freezes at 32".

At what point do you really need to have antifreeze and not just deionized water and Waterwetter. Even if things get a little slushy on the highway they should thaw before you hit the track and I think the engine would have to really freeze solid to do any damage. I don't want to have to drain the radiator and refill everything when I get there.

Or I could just let it idle on the trailer all the way to BHF.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-02-2004, 11:34 AM
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honestly I think you'd have to have some pretty damn cold weather to do damage, as in freeze up you water jackets and crack the block. I wouldn't worry about it for the 17th

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I'm going to drain the coolant in mine this weekend to get ready for Putnam next week. I hope it stays warm enough not to have to bother with this.

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I'm going to through a blanket over my baby to keep it warm.

You well be OK, and should not have to worry about it.

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Ok water wetter in,
Man, It took like 5 times of draining and running water through before it came out clear.

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i've been runnin water wetter for 2 winters now and no problems, and yes i've been ride'n in the freeZen cold
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i've been runnin water wetter for 2 winters now and no problems, and yes i've been ride'n in the freeZen cold
I didn't know you could. Do you have a heated garage or something ?...

It was kind of good that I got this stuff done anyways.
The flashers on the truck weren't the HD ones and when I hooked up the trailer they were flashing really fast. and the wiring is opposite.. right turn left signal etc


Some how my todo list only changed instead of getting shorter.
oh well.. busy week.

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I was worrying about that same thing with the water and water wetter this morning. I changed over at Gratton on Saturday. I woke up this morning and there was frost all over my truck and I don't have a heated garage. But then I thought about it. For it to do damage that water has to freeze completely solid inside the motor. It would have to be below 32 degrees for at least 24 hours for that to mabe happen. It'll be OK.
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Ok water wetter in,
Man, It took like 5 times of draining and running water through before it came out clear.
i find that it takes almost exactly 2 gallons of distilled to fully flush and replace for my gsxr.

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Water wetter IS NOT ANTIFREEZE! YOu are taking a big risk using it during the very cold months.

I trailered my F2 to BHF's in 20 deg temps before. I stopped every so often and started it to get the temp up to 80-90C before taking back off. Amazing how fast it took to get back down to 10C. Usually stopped once or twice from my house to BHF (15 miles). Guess I'm a little over paranoid about freezing a block. IF ya can, try to bum a ride with someone with an enclosed trailer or just drain teh water and fill it when you get there. The afternoon ride back should be fine otherwise.

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Well I"m ready for some cold weather but I sure hope we aren't talking about 20 degrees.

Vcook, 2 gallons sounds just about right.

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