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post #1 of 18 Old Dec 31st, 2010, 10:37 pm Thread Starter
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Anyone use fuel additives; if so please let me know which ones are used in the LT
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post #2 of 18 Old Dec 31st, 2010, 11:45 pm
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I use Sea Foam. Approx, half a can for a tank of fuel. Works and doesn't cause me any difficulties. I probably use 2 or 3 cans per year just to keep things clean.

Wal*Mart has it, so do auto parts stores. Advance had it on sale over the summer and it was way cheaper than Wal*Mart then. I've checked several times and it hasn't been on sale again.

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I've been using nothing but Schaeffer Oil products in everything I own. They have a product called Soy Ultra that I use in my gas engines.
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I use nothing in the LT. I used to use Lucas Upper Cylinder Lubricant, but never really could tell any difference. I decided that guys who are a lot smarter than me had engineered the correct blend on the fuel, so why mess with it?

Of course, now Congress has decided that they know more than the petro-engineers, and have decided to add corn to gasoline...

I do use Sta-bil in my backup generator and lawn tools that may sit for several months before being run. That stuff works very well.

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I use Sea Foam in the LT and everything else that I have, even my saw mill. It seems to help overcome the effects of ethanol in the gas.

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I've tried a few of the additives recommended in this thread and quite frankly, don't notice a difference. Could be because I generally ride most days and try to use the best gas that I can find.

I can still remember the days of adding STP and thinking that the sticker on my car made it run faster.....

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I've tried a few of the additives recommended in this thread and quite frankly, don't notice a difference. Could be because I generally ride most days and try to use the best gas that I can find.

I can still remember the days of adding STP and thinking that the sticker on my car made it run faster.....
I have thought about using octane boosters, but haven't tried it yet. What's your thoughts concerning octane boosters?

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I have thought about using octane boosters, but haven't tried it yet. What's your thoughts concerning octane boosters?

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That question will start nearly as big a fire storm as asking which oil to use. I make my own octane booster, but I only use it in my Harley when I know I'm riding where I can't get premium. There's a lot of small towns that only sell regular in the routes I like to run, so I carry enough to get me home. It does make a big difference in the Harley, not so much on the LT.
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Anyone use fuel additives; if so please let me know which ones are used in the LT
I only use Stabil and only for the winter months when I may go a couple of months or more without riding. This year we got cold early (October) and have stayed that way so the LT hasn't moved now for two months or so.

I haven't felt a need for any other additive as long as you buy decent gas and ride often.

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From what I can tell most of you on this board already know that BMW fuel cleaner is really Techron from Chevron. Check out the pictures. The bottles are identical with both including the Chevron brand name on the bottom. In the 2nd picture the one on the left is the BMW bottle. If it is good enough for their cars it should be fine in the bikes?
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In the past I used Techron, I just started using Starbrite Startron enzyme fuel treatment after reading some positive reports about it. Too early to tell if it works as has been reported, my dealer also recommended it and they have seen good results with it. Sea Foam is also very good.

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I have been told that most additives are simply KEROSENE ( this is hear say and I don't have the facts) . It may be prudent to read the labels and study the constituents to see what is really in there?

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They don't disclose what's in them. Most fuel treatments are mostly carrier/solvent with a tiny bit of active ingredient. If you obtain the MSDS for them you'll see this, and then the active ingredients are listed generically or as "proprietary." I think Startron is 97% naptha if I recall correctly.

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The auto makers in Detroit have Chevron gas trucked in from Kentucky for their test vehicles. So, I would "assume" they know something about gas & additives.

http://www.chevron.com/products/techron/bigthree.aspx


http://www.chevron.com/products/tips/fuel-school/browsetopics.aspx

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Here is what I use.

http://theepicenter.com/tow021799.html

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Here is what I use.

http://theepicenter.com/tow021799.html[/QUOTE]

How long have you been using this? What has been your experience (as far as milage and power) with this product? I have already had to rebuild my chainsaw fuel system and do not want problems with the increase corn gas the EPA is allowing in my other engines.

I have also noticed a drop in milage on my 03 TDI jetta

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Seafoam user here for years & years. 1 ounce per gallon.
Also use it during storage. It's a fuel stabilizer to.

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This time of year, 'Ol' Dollar' being in the shop, waiting for the 24K maintenance and all, a touch of 'Sta-bil".....and run it into the injecters.................depends on the fuel source of coarse..............



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Re: Fuel Additives

thanks for the replies. I have used Seafoam in boats for awhile but never used anything in the bike.
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