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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Ethanol Bad ??

Has anyone heard that the ethanol in gas is really bad for the ATV engines and we should add stabilizer with every tank full ??
A friend told me this yesterday, so i wanted to see if you guys knew anything about it.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 07:45 AM
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My dealer told me to stay away from ethanol. Where I buy my gas the premium 91 octane has no ethanol. I have always used premium in my atvs and motorcycles.

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Ethanol is bad for all vehicles. New vehicles are better suited for it, but if you let it sit, it will put moisture in your fuel system. I put stabil in all my small engines and 5 gallon cans. Better safe than sorry.

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Also, there is no reason to run high octane fuels unless you have a custom machine with higher compression. It is nice if you can find ethanol free fuel, but I still add stabil with all my fill ups. Ethanol or not.

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Like Frankenstein would say Fire bad..... Ethanol bad. This should be a sticky because it keeps coming up. You need to Stabil marine ethanol treatment. (fluid is blue in color) You can find it at Walmart. A $20.00 bottle will last you a long time.

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aside from a slight drop in range/millage the problem with Ethanol in the gas is that it will go bad in the gas tank if you leave it sit for a long period of time.

if you use the machine enough the fuel won't go bad because you're always putting new fuel in. I use Sea Foam when I won't use mine for more then a couple weeks at a time though. still starts and runs like new! even on cold days.
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gas stations have what 10% ethanol? if we dont add anything to it, what is it going to do?

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I always put sea-foam in my gas can's and small engine equipment that ends up sitting for a week or more between uses and takes a while to use up a complete tank of gas.

My daily driver is a different story, as it generally does not sit for more than a couple days and a tank is used in a week or two. But I will run a can of sea-foam through it around every oil change @ 3-4,000 miles)

I use sea-foam as I'm not a fan of sta-bil. Every time I put in in my cycle for the winter, the carb needed a cleaning come spring ( I know you should anyway, but it ran like poo). Since I started using sea-foam it fired up and ran like I parked it yeasterday.

I've also heard many guys say "Quicklsilver" gas traetment is top notch product and swear by it.....

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gas stations have what 10% ethanol? if we dont add anything to it, what is it going to do?
Ethanol is basicaly alcohol & will absorb moisture out of the air & cause the gas to start to go bad in as little as a week. It will help turn the gas to varnish quicker gumming up carberators & such. It also causes premature ageing & falure to fuel hoses. I also use SEA FOAM to treat my gas!

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My bike sits for a month at a time from spring to fall and then sits all winter with maybe a few rips up and down the road, SEAFOAM is simply an amazing product. I never have an issue starting my bike and never bogs out. I will use SEAFOAM always in my bike for the remainder of its life.

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