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Date Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 9:39:37AM
Author: SgtSlag
In reply to: Wayne In NJ 's message, "Re: GOOD WAY TO CLEAN CARBS" on Wed May 07, 2014 9:16:39AM

I used the StarTron product to prevent the supposed 'harm' from ethanol gasoline, for a few weeks. I calculated how much I would need to take with me for a long tour, as I feared I would not find it on the road, and that stopped me: did not want to haul several bottles of the stuff in my luggage, did not want to treat at every fill up...

I even looked into finding, and running on, pure gasoline -- ethanol-free. There is only one pump offering it, in my city of 106,000 people! We tour, so that was a dead end: no way we could reliably find ethanol-free gasoline on the roads we might tour on, as it is not widely available.

Bottom line: I've been running 10% ethanol gasoline in my bike since I bought it, in 2010, with zero issues. I only run the 10% ethanol gasoline, though.

With regards to using SeaFoam, I add it to the gasoline in the tank. It goes everywhere the gasoline goes; it vaporizes along with the gasoline, so whatever the gasoline touches, so does the SeaFoam. I have not had anything done with the carbs since I bought the bike, and had them gone through, and balanced. I store my bike for around five months, during the off season -- zero issues come Spring, as I treat the gasoline before storage, and I top off the tank to eliminate air space, which leads to condensation of water in the tank.

I add SeaFoam to the gas tank around once per month, during the riding season, as a preventative treatment: it will absorb water in the fuel system, if any; it will dissolve minor varnish deposits, if present; it is inexpensive for a PM, and it won't harm anything.

Supposedly, the 10% ethanol gasoline won't harm any engine. Thus far, it has proven true. I ran it in a '79 Honda 750, an '83 Kawasaki 440LTD, a '75 Ford F100 truck, and other non-flex-fuel vehicles. None have suffered engine issues because of it. Two vehicles have had their fuel gauges go flaky due to the ethanol gasolines, though, as it had destroyed the sensors in the tanks (around $600+ to repair each vehicle!). YMMV. Cheers!

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