I used automobile antifreeze in my '97 1100 Spirit and something in it ate up the waterpump seal. I had a leakage there.
I replaced the seal.
I had to take the engine completely loose from the frame. I to then turn the engine sideways to get at the waterpump.
Now I use the Honda coolant.
can I put regular car coolant in my shadow is the same liquid right?
You need to use a Type 2 silicate free coolant designed for use in aluminum engines. Type 1 auto coolant is silicate-based and designed to work with cast iron engine blocks.
The LARGE majority of engine parts like water pump and etc on cars now a days are aluminum.
And Prestone fills these needs.
You dont need anything special.
You need 100% silicate free anti-freeze - which is getting much easier to find - but feel free to put silicated antifreeze in your ride. Just beware the first step to changing a water pump on a VT1100 is 'Remove Engine".
Wow, I wonder how many people (riders) actually know this? I sure didn't. I used the pre-mixed stuff off the shelf at auto zone to fill my overflow tank prior to getting it replaced. I thought I had looked in my manual first, but I was looking to see what the mix percent was and not the type.