Fluids - Time to Change?

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  1. Nessie

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    My 6th Gen is now at 30301 miles and with being stuck at home now with the COVID-19 Lockdown i thought i would just go for the lot of them as I have no records anywhere of them being done Just wondering what to use tbh, Which type and any recommendations
    Brake?
    Coolant?
    Clutch?

    There seems to be so many I wouldnt like to put in the wrong kind and any tips or problems people have doing it would be appreciated
    Cheers

    Les
     
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    oil might be a smart move too
     
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    Thanks I’ve done the oil changed filter. It’s the coolant that is my main concern. Just not sure which to use there seems to be different types.
     
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    lol - how i do this is as long as it is suitable for alloy engines then its fine - Changing it is more important. I just use the basic stuff from halfords...
     
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    :) You are probably right just wanted to make sure. Halfords is closed up here I’ll try and head to amazon thanks for the info cheers
     
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    I go 50/50 on the coolant & change every 2 - 3 years
     
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    I make a habit of changing brake and clutch fluid every year, keeps things clean and it is preventative maintenance, doesn't take long if you do it annually. Coolant, you can look up ways to check remaining corrosion inhibitor protection, as the anti-freeze part of it doesn't really degrade. I'll generally take that out to 4 years, not really wanting to go more than 5 although a lot of coolants now are rated lifetime. Honda wants us to use silicate free, there are generic coolants made for Asian engines now that are silicate free. You might buy a jug from a Honda car dealer and not pay the ridiculous bike dealer prices.
     
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    Try Euro carparts. I think they are still open.
     
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    I always use Honda pro coolant you can usually get a large 5 ltr container from a Honda dealers at a relatively good price.

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    Thanks everyone for your replies. Jobs done now I ended up using silkolene mag cool I use silkolene for my oil changes and had been given a 10% off voucher for a one off use. Thought I would get this and also get the silkolene clutch and brake fluid at the same time. The last item I have to do is change fork oil. I don’t think it’s ever been done to my knowledge certainly nothing in all the service records. This one is really confusing. Some say ATF others say not. There is also heavier and lighter I assume the grades are heavier = stiffer forks. Our roads can be a good mixture of smooth tarmac littered with potholes and gritty bumpy b class roads. I guess an all rounder oil would be ideal and there will be loads of preferences. And different prices Which one to use.
     
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    If you have never done it but are competent its a fairly easy task.
    Points to note:
    If i was changing the oil, then I would also change the springs for ones that match my weight / riding style...
    Watch the air gap
    Changing to a heavier weight risks blowing out the seals.
    I would do one leg at a time.
    I would LOOSEN the bottom bolt as the 2nd step - before even taking off the front wheel..... Using an IMPACT TOOL to do this IS THE VERY BEST WAY. Undo the top first literally 1 x 360 turn.
     
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    If you are changing coolant you could go the whole hog and do the reverse fan mod while its apart. Even if you don't , here's a thing. Earlier in the year when I disconnected my hoses I found a sheet of plastic/ paint/ inner coating that was jammed inside the radiator. I wouldn't want that to work loose and block a hose.
     
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