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Old 01-14-2008, 09:15 PM   #1
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Exclamation WHO USES GAS TREATMENT/OCT. BOOSTER?

Just walking thru walmart and saw some stp, gumout etc gas treatment and octane booster.just wonderin does anybody use anything like that here? Does it help? Any differences on how the engine runs (noice wise and mpg)
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if you could buy horsepower at walmart then i would be all over that stuff. lol
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lol yeah me too but thats not what i meant haha i know theres no hp gain but just in the pinging and mpg range of things
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I used it long ago on turbo charged Saab but not on bikes...

If you use a good premium gas and don't collect debre in the tank I don't see a need for it... Unless we're working w even higher compression numbers over stock(which granted does get up there) I'd stick to manufactorer's recommendations.

If you gotsta have a bit more, race gas? higher octane?
We were always taught that adding an octane booster and especially injector cleaner would have little effect on the injectors after saturating in the gas tank for so long.

there are injection cleaner systems that tap into the fuel rail and the bike/car runs while the machine is pumping solely through the rail w/ its own provided fuel from the machine. We've had manufactorers come to our shop and taken the oldest cars we have and gave them new life; but if it aint broke, don't try to fix it
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:24 PM   #5
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to the best of my knowledge, it isn't good to use that stuff in a bike. not really sure the reasons why but i read it in some article quite a while back.
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lol yeah me too but thats not what i meant haha i know theres no hp gain but just in the pinging and mpg range of things
as hardcore as the manufactorers fight for numbers in mpg and performance, if it made that big of a difference, there would be word out about it somewhere... since any mention has been stagment... I'm not holding any breath...

be thankful you're bike gets good gas mileage and isn't trying to feed a large engine or push weight around like a harley. My car gets better gas mileage then my bike around town; sad to say....
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i dont trust those things in my bike, i use high octane thats it , ive heard of people using few capsules of octane boost and they say it just burns hotter no actual gain however, so ive been told
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a higher octane causes a burn, less bang when the gas ignites... that's why engines seem to run smoother with a higher octane. Gas with ethanol now unfortunately doesn't run the same as before.

Texas, although have our own refineries, contract our gas from Venezuala and they don't use the filtering detergants as we use; our gas is contracted to the west coast. I don't know why, it just is. People that move eastwards complain right off the bat that their car runs worse, vibrates.

I have a dillusion test for gas i use at work to check for ethanol levels. Top Tier gas stations sometimes get bad batches of gas and I simply tell customers they have bad gas. They don't like to hear that, especially when it costs so much...
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I usually tell people to go to a Chevron premium gas when they start complaining about running problems with their engines. Two tanks is all it takes.

My exwife gained 3 miles per gallon after second tank in her Chevy Tahoe and idle smoothed out... If she gets 15-20 mpg, that is a significant gain...

I use to run premium all the time in my cars, honestly I alternate every third tank or so... Busa always gets premium, katana gets regular.



My experience w all the engines I've seen is Shell does run the cleanest, and leaves alot of in the engine. Chevron doesn't run the cleanest but it does burn out the gunk and will work miracles with the gremlins in their detergents...
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Just walking thru walmart and saw some stp, gumout etc gas treatment and octane booster.just wonderin does anybody use anything like that here? Does it help? Any differences on how the engine runs (noice wise and mpg)
Heard someone talking at the Motorcycles Unlimited class this past weekend about a rider using that stuff. His bike would die randomly and no one could figure it out. It would run all day and just die randomly. Not sure who it was. Apparently he was using some STP gas treatment or booster not sure. When he stopped using it his bike stopped dieing.

Maybe someone else who was at the class and knows about this can post. I think Patrick even looked at the bike and couldn't figure it out.
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beano is an excellent gas treatment.
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what about fuel injection cleaner? think it's ok?
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:02 PM   #13
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fill up with high qaulity tier one gas, dont let your gas sit for extended periods of time without stabil.

fyi chevron fuel allready contains techron, which is one of the few gas treatments(besides beano) worth using imo
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gas is used to clean components in the industrial field and contains detergents... and motorcycles do have several filters/screens model-depending....
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fill up with high qaulity tier one gas, dont let your gas sit for extended periods of time without stabil.

fyi chevron fuel allready contains techron, which is one of the few gas treatments(besides beano) worth using imo
I got a question about gas stabilizer... do you have experience with it? does it effect riding quality? All it does is keep the gasoline mixture homogenized but I don't know what chemicals are used in it...
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If you let your bike sit for a while drop in some STA-BIL - Fuel Stabilizer
and if you've got carbs a little octane boost never hurts but just a little and not all the time maybe once ever 4-5 tanks.
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when ol' betsy starts sputtering on me, i just fill her up with race gas and do a couple laps around 610. works like a charm.
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If you let your bike sit for a while drop in some STA-BIL - Fuel Stabilizer
and if you've got carbs a little octane boost never hurts but just a little and not all the time maybe once ever 4-5 tanks.
+1.....and use fuel from a top tier station, Shell-Chevron-Exxon. A station that doesn't get a lot of traffic is more prone to fazing (gas/alcohol seperation) than a busy station.........so a station on 1960 is less likely to give you problems then say a station in Richards.
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i always use richards gas lol j/k
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do not use anything of the STP brand.
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