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Old 05-28-2013, 07:28 PM
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I typically use Stabil Marine formula (blue/green in color) with most tank fills to combat the ethanol related problems. Every 3K I add Seafoam or Techron to the fuel, to clean any crud build-up in the fuel system, especially the injectors.
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Octane boosting additives are a big no-no. There are lots of other ones that are good such as injector cleaner, seafoam, etc. They're meant to clean your fuel system and combustion chamber.
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Octane boosting additives are a big no-no. There are lots of other ones that are good such as injector cleaner, seafoam, etc. They're meant to clean your fuel system and combustion chamber.
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Im curious to know why octane boosters are a "no no"...
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i use stp ethanol cleaner in a green little bottle. Its suppose to clean the crap left behind after burner the shitty ethanol.
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Most are oil-based products that either don't combust completely or leave residues in your fuel track/injectors. Some are chemicals that interfere with the catalyst process or my personal favorite is the fuel oxidizers that create more oxygen in the fuel to increase combustion

Unless you're adding something like torquo that is high purity fuel that must be blended down then you're going to be wasting a lot of money. A lot of 'octane' boosters claim to raise octane 3-4 points... this means .3-.4 octane, not 3-4 like people believe.
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Most are oil-based products that either don't combust completely or leave residues in your fuel track/injectors. Some are chemicals that interfere with the catalyst process or my personal favorite is the fuel oxidizers that create more oxygen in the fuel to increase combustion

Unless you're adding something like torquo that is high purity fuel that must be blended down then you're going to be wasting a lot of money. A lot of 'octane' boosters claim to raise octane 3-4 points... this means .3-.4 octane, not 3-4 like people believe.
They are also very bad for all the seals and O-rings in your fuel system. We were running it in my dads prostreet racecar for a while (on the street, not racing) and it ate all the fuel in the fuel cell which in turn clogged the whole fuel system. Once that happened we took apart the entire system and found all the seals in the pump, filter, regulator, etc to be completely dried up and not working properly anymore. Now that I look back on this it doesn't surprise me that it happened at all. If you spill octane boost on your hand it dries out your skin instantly.... It's just not good stuff. You're better off buying the right octane fuel at the pump.
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Ok all this said how do we make sure we have the right octane?
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