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Old 12-11-2008, 02:48 PM   #21
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I have done the Stabil treatment to my generator and chainsaw.

I am curious, does this apply to bikes with FI (not that I plan to park mine) or just bikes with a carburetor?

I was told that one of the big advantages of FI over carb was that if need be you could leave them sit for months and that they would just fire right back up (assuming charged battery, etc.)
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I have done the Stabil treatment to my generator and chainsaw.

I am curious, does this apply to bikes with FI (not that I plan to park mine) or just bikes with a carburetor?

I was told that one of the big advantages of FI over carb was that if need be you could leave them sit for months and that they would just fire right back up (assuming charged battery, etc.)
Gasoline in general goes bad, turns brown.
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I was told that one of the big advantages of FI over carb was that if need be you could leave them sit for months and that they would just fire right back up (assuming charged battery, etc.)
It is my understanding (and i could be wrong) that some of the degredation of gasoline comes from exposure to atmosphere(air, humidity, condensation, etc). While the fuel in your fuel lines and fuel injectors might not degrade as quickly as that in a carb(exposed to atmospheric conditions), the fuel in your tank is still going to degrade. Your injectors won't be clogged during storage, but the bad fuel will still be in your tank IMO. Hope this helps. JET
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It is my understanding (and i could be wrong) that some of the degredation of gasoline comes from exposure to atmosphere(air, humidity, condensation, etc). While the fuel in your fuel lines and fuel injectors might not degrade as quickly as that in a carb(exposed to atmospheric conditions), the fuel in your tank is still going to degrade. Your injectors won't be clogged during storage, but the bad fuel will still be in your tank IMO. Hope this helps. JET
+1 Humidity and changes in temperature are the big culprits. Carb will gum up first, average gas quality will degrade the fastest in the tank. Light hydrocarbons boil off when the tank is warm, as it cools the pressure is lowered and it takes on water vapor. Water vapor has a higher boiling point than gasoline so it causes heavier hydrocarbons to boil off with the next cycle. Once you reach equilibrium the water boils off and you're left wih tar. It's too late for additives once the gas goes bad.

Also be sure to put Sta-bil in any emergency gas you might keep around for the generator!
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With the amount of ethanol they are adding to our gas these days, it goes bad quicker, also. Sea Foam + Fuel Stabilzer is supposed to be a great combo for storage. I believe Patrick highly recommends this combo.
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With the amount of ethanol they are adding to our gas these days, it goes bad quicker, also. Sea Foam + Fuel Stabilzer is supposed to be a great combo for storage. I believe Patrick highly recommends this combo.
you're right about the ethanol. . .it would be nice if Patrick would chime in with his sea foam thoughts, i would definately be interested in hearing his tricks
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you're right about the ethanol. . .it would be nice if Patrick would chime in with his sea foam thoughts, i would definately be interested in hearing his tricks
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