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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-04-2010, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Sea foam for fuel stabilizer?

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.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-04-2010, 09:01 PM
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I've been using Sta-Bil for years. Don't know why you wouldn't like it.

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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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I've never heard of anyone having problems with sta-bil? I use it in mine for winter storage
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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?
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-06-2010, 12:30 PM
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Sta-bil will not hurt it, EFI or not. I don't winterize but have used it in bikes that are down for repairs or something. Treat any gas that's going to be sitting for a few weeks or more.
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A friend o mine just told me of Sea Foam. I thought Id try it. always used Stal-Bil in the past, but he swears by it.
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seafoam is a cleaner, sta-bil preserves... its in the product description...

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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.

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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.
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I use Stabil for winterizing and Sea Foam intermittently throughout the riding season to ensure that my fuel system is staying clean.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-19-2011, 02:48 AM
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Stabil is supposed to preserve the octane level as well as prevent gumming. Seafoam would only retard gumming.

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