Does anyone use Sea Foam for winter fuel stabilizer?. It says it is on the can but I have always thought of it more as a cleaner. I have always been a little scared to put Sta-Bil in my bike, don't know why i just am.
I've been using Sea Foam as a winter fuel stabilizer for years. Never a problem in any of my cars, trucks, bikes or power equipment. And it sure beats trying to start a vehicle with contaminated fuel that's been sitting for awhile.
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ok you guys convinced me i put sta-bil in it. I got another bike with EFI should i bother putting it in that if i change the gas in the spring anyway?
Yes, you should fill the tank with fresh fuel(to cut down on moisture build-up in the tank), add stabilizer and run it for 10 minutes so the stabilizer is also in the fuel lines and has been run through the injectors.
I have no proof of what i am about to say, only that I heard it somewhere.
Apparently lower grade gas has paraffin in it. This shit (basically wax) settles and coats everything it touches, thats why it gums carbs to shit if they sit all winter.
On the grounds that I wanted to test this theory, I filled my last 4 tanks (one would have done it im sure) of the year with the highest grade available at my usual gas station. And then filled it again right before putting it away.
Tossed it in storage with a full tank and did nothing else to the bike.
5 months later I put the battery in, and it fired right up. Been riding it on and off for the last couple months. Once I ran through the first tank the slightly crappy idle it had at startup went away.
Last time I did that with the regular low octane cheap (lol cheap) stuff I had to tear the carb off the bike and clean everything, drain the gas, the whole nine yards.
Anyone have any similar experience? I have no idea if the paraffin thing is true or not, but I've never seen anything sit that long with regular grade gas and start up right away.