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With talk about bikes being stored I wanted to ask you gurus about whether there are any negative effects of stabil in the LT? I've used it for years, but have always wondered if there are any ill effects to an engine of adding it to fuel?

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post #2 of 14 Old Nov 17th, 2006, 5:11 pm
 
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Thumbs up Go for it!

I used it 4 years in a row on my LT. My new GT will get it this year. I put a little bit in all of my summer yard tools as well, (i.e. weed wacker, chain saw, leaf blower, lawn tractor, etc...).
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Me too! I put a few glugs in anything that used gas over the winter!

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Never worried if Stabil hurt

anything but I have sometimes wondered if it did any good.
I have several bottles of the stuff around and it goes in everything that doesn't get run regularly during winter months.
21 internal combustion engines around here at last count. Most of them start.
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If you "store" it, STABIL it.... with a nearly full tank.

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Everybody's Wondering....nobody's Complaining...hmmm?

Notice a common "thread" in the above comments??? Everyone is wondering if it will damage an engine, but NO ONE one has yet complained that STABIL has caused any negative effects. That's because it works!!!

Ask those who have stored WITHOUT using it and you'll get TONS of complaints! Everything from "gelled gas", to clogged carbs, injectors, etc.

Reminds me of a question I once asked my doctor when he prescribed blood pressure medicine for the first time: "Hey Doc, are there any side effects to this medicine?" "Yes", he said, "Longevity."

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Negative effect

The only neg, I see is because they used it people will let their bikes sit in the barn on perfectly dry winter days.
It may be nippy out, but then I don't have my hand getting windchill from flipping off the posers waving at me.
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One thing to remember is you can run that tank that's been Stabil'ized, but the motor may run rough. Just run that tank out and all is good.

Somethin about the same chemicals that stabilize the fuel have poor ignition qualities.

My experience above is based on the fact that I have only used Stabil in carbureted engines, no fuel injected motors. Anyone have feedback as to how the LT handles that stored tank of gas?

Also, a tank of avgas (100LL) will hold over winter very well, but that's a little more difficult and expensive to come by.

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One thing to remember is you can run that tank that's been Stabil'ized, but the motor may run rough. Just run that tank out and all is good.

Somethin about the same chemicals that stabilize the fuel have poor ignition qualities.

My experience above is based on the fact that I have only used Stabil in carbureted engines, no fuel injected motors. Anyone have feedback as to how the LT handles that stored tank of gas?

Also, a tank of avgas (100LL) will hold over winter very well, but that's a little more difficult and expensive to come by.
One of the reasons I posed the question was if there are NO side effects at all why wouldn't it be a wise practise to just stabil your fuel when you had any question about when you would be riding the bike next. Good intentions to the contrary, in winter conditions you could wait weeks for a good break in the snow/ice/rain or it could happen tomorrow. Why not just give it a shot of stabil and see how the weather breaks?

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To answer you, no adverse problems will happen from using STABIL in the correct concentration. Too much and you could have a plug fouling problem ..

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I have used it in my fuel injected V-Strom without any running problems on the days it is nice enought to ride.... when I return home I top off the tank and put in some more and run the engine for a few minutes for it to circulate and done..

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Could I jump in and ask, How long does it take for gas to go Bad after it sets ? And How long will it last IF you treat it with Stable ? Thanks ...Patric ...

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I've heard gas starts to break down after 60 days, but that is from someone who wants to sell me gas. I'd like to hear if from a chemical engineer.

I've used stabil for years, the only thing I've ever noticed is smoke, no perfomance issues. I just run the tank to almost empty to get rid if it.

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Faster in Hot Weather

I have read that gas breaks down much faster in hot weather than it does in the cold. According to the article gas stored below 50 degrees can still be in good condition after 100 days, probably do to evaporation. I will try and find the article.

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