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I have just got a 83 vt 500 and I don't think the antifreeze has ever been chamge and I was want to know what kind of antifreze to used.Thanks

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Any antifreeze that does not have silica particles in it. Gm Dexcool works. Just about any motorsport anti freeze uses non silica formula to protect the ceramic washer that rubs against the water pump seal.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Only if you would consider and be of use as a reference, an 83 VT500C in French Service Manual.

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