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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-10-2006, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Water Wetter freazing point?

I've got water wetter in my bike now and the temps are going to be getting down there the next few nights. I was hoping to get out to the track this weekend so I was planning to wait until after then to change back to coolant for the winter.

Do I need to worry if the temps dip down to 32 overnight with the water wetter (bike is in the garage but not heated)? If so, can I just drain it out and leave it empty until Friday night?


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-10-2006, 06:46 PM
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I don't know the freezing point for WW, but I'm in the same boat. I really doubt my garage will get below 40, but I plan to run my bike up to 150 before heading to bed those nights. I'm hauling her down to Putnam Friday night, so I'm just planning to run it a couple times as needed.

You can certainly drain the coolant system until you get to the track.

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Wetter water that is mixed with water will freeze at the same 32 degrees.

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In your garage I'm sure the temp won't change that quickly.

If you're paranoid, you could do this.

when I would carry my dirtbike outside on the back of my truck in winter
I'd wrap the front of the bike in a plastic bag /tape and some of those pocket heater things you get for a coupla bucks at walgreens, they'd still be warm when I got there

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Just get a small electric space heater and place near the bike.
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It would have to stay a steady 32 degrees for 24 hours or more for water to freeze solid. It's not going to get that cold. I am in the same situation you are. One more track weekend this year and I'm done. I'm freakin burnt out on it too. All I really want to do is ride my dirtbike.

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My garage ( attached to house but unheated ) rarely gets cold enough
in JANUARY to freeze the exposed water on the garage floor much less
to get the whole engine block and the water wetter within to sustain
a temprature below 32f to freeze stuff solid.

Being paranoid, I leave a 100w trouble light below the bike in the coldest
months as an insurance policy that keeps it far from freezing.

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I just drain out the water wetter and add coolant. Takes about 20 min (no I dont do a full flush, but its good enough) and costs about $10. I do it when I do the rest of the winter maintence to the bike.
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Julio, I think he's talking about one night of cold weather, not winter storage.

The consensus is that one night at 32 isn't going to hurt anything. My detached, slightly insulated garage still stays above 40 through the night if the daytime temp was over 50.


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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-11-2006, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advice!

I think I'll try to run out and get a small ceramic heater and just put it next to the bike (just for piece of mind if nothing else). I'm home from work sick today (feel like hell) so depending on how I feel later in the week not sure if I'll even make it to the track on Sat. or not

...either way I plan to switch back to coolant, add Stabil to gas, and get ready for a long boring winter....I really need to pick up a winter sport

Edit: also just realized I misspelled "freezing' in the title...see what a public education got me

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Blarney suggested a 100w trouble light.

I've used a 500w halogen also. Just be sure to keep it away from the plastic.


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