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Old 10-25-2005, 11:20 AM   #1
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Acetone?

Has anyone tried adding acetone to their fuel? Suppsed to be an old-school trick.

http://www.pureenergysystems.com/new...00069_Acetone/
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Old 10-25-2005, 01:56 PM   #2
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that sounds cool, but i wouldn't try it.

I use acetone to build models here at work. That stuff evaporates if you leave it open. When you get it on your hands your hands get cold from it evaporating. Crazy. they feel dried out afterwards too.
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:15 PM   #3
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I will give it a try and will post results.
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:20 PM   #4
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Acetone is a very polar solvent, also toxic. Spray a cricket with it and it dies in about 10 seconds. Of course, it's not going to hurt you acutely because you weigh a little more than a cricket and have a liver to clean your blood.

I wouldnt put a solvent like acetone in my engine because you dont know what in the engine it's compatible with and what it's not. Gasoline and petroleum distillates are solvents as well, but they are non-polar...dont mix with water. Since most engine seals are made to be compatible with gasoline, a polar solvent like acetone may attack these seals. Acetone can make incompatible gaskets or o-rings swell or become hardened/brittle.

That said, in the amounts this article talks about it's not likely to do acute (immediate) damage. Take the cricket issue as an example, and think of your engine as your body. Not likely to do anything immediately. Effects over time, harder to tell. I dont think the minute gain in gas mileage would be worth the potential harm.
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:21 PM   #5
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that sounds cool, but i wouldn't try it.

I use acetone to build models here at work. That stuff evaporates if you leave it open. When you get it on your hands your hands get cold from it evaporating. Crazy. they feel dried out afterwards too.
You're only supposed to use a few oz/10 gallons of fuel. I wouldn't think that to be detremental at all.
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:36 PM   #6
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I would think a few drops would do the trick. To break that seal on the surface.

Still I don't think i would do it. zixx6r has a good point, it would probably up your seals. Older engines might have been built better for this.
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I dunno... under 'Follow Up' you can read where someone experimented with various seals and other parts. It didn't appear to cause any problems other than very slight swelling which, in my book is more of a benfit for seals.
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dont do it! if you want better fuel just add some racing fuel in with your normal fuel, you can pick some up at most bike shops around town
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i heard about this and moth ... moth are an oxidizer and they act along the lines of nos. not that great but a cheap way to gain some HP i was told by a few old people this and by a friend that went to hotrod U.
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I have heard the same thing, actually. Yet, another old-school trick.
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Old 10-25-2005, 04:38 PM   #11
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Don't believe everything you read on the net.
If that was the case then people wouldn't be buying U4 oxygenated fuel for $15.00 a gallon, which typically will net 4-6 h.p. at the rear wheel.

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I've heard it from friends after having read it on the Net so there's actually some substance to it.
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Have your friends actually put it on the dyno and done before and after testing or is this seat of the pants testing? Have they actually put it in their fuel or have they heard about someone doing it?
Not trying to give you a hard time, but I hear so much misinformation on a daily basis.

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I dunno... under 'Follow Up' you can read where someone experimented with various seals and other parts. It didn't appear to cause any problems other than very slight swelling which, in my book is more of a benfit for seals.
Swelling is a benefit to stop leaks short-term...if you have them. You still have to replace the seals shortly thereafter anyways because the leaks will reappear, it's a stop gap measure. Swelling equals damage and it will shorten the life of the seal.

Anyways, the 30% gains in mileage are bogus. We're talking maybe 3% gain in mileage per tank, tops. Not worth it. By all means put it in your bike, I just dont like to experiment with my own equipment that I paid good money for.
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Old 10-25-2005, 05:57 PM   #15
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interesting i may try it in my lawn mower....first
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Old 10-25-2005, 07:11 PM   #16
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lol, I heard moth make gas blow the up. Someone told me that the fire departments around here ignite vehicles by putting moth into a plastic bag, then in the tank of an old car. When the gas eats the bag, kaboom.
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good input guys
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