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Old 12-29-2003, 07:03 PM
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Stabil, MDR, Star-Brite...Stabil seems to treat the fewest gallons per oz of product...does that mean it's better?

Do I need to add it and then run the motor...any other recs?

I want something so I don't worry about not using the boat for a few months at a time.

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Old 12-29-2003, 07:10 PM
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add the Sta-Bil and run for about 15 min's idle is fine faster is little better !!!! use it year round when you know your going to be a month or so between run's .... Gas goes stale very fast ..... John


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I use STA-BIL in everything I own except the cars. Since I started doing this several years ago, I have had no issues with leaf blowers, weed eaters, mowers, dirt bike, etc. GOOD STUFF !



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Another vote for Sta-bil. I've used it on outboards, sno-blowers, lawn mowers, weed whips, even the old caddy. No problems.
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Sta-Bil seems to be the most cost effective and I also have great luck with it in all my toys. Some of these stabilizers are a total gouge.
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Old 12-30-2003, 08:18 AM
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PRI-G stabilizes fuel AND prevents carbon buildup. 1 ounce treats 16 gallons.
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I have a buddy that has been told by a couple of mechanics not to use fuel stabilizer. Anybody know why they would make this comment? We are out here in the Pacific Northwest and you all know the moisture we receive. Can't imagine why he was told that. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 12-31-2003, 05:42 PM
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I have been told that fuel stabilizer contains alcohol to absorb wter. The problem with alcohol is thatit dissolves salt. And when the gas sits in the carbs, injectors, fuel pumps, et. the salt that has been dissolved will settle into the bottom and create a salt like sludge that causes the same problems as varnish would. It gets pulled into the jets of a carb or the injectors and clogs and leans....this is one of the reasons I jsut keep my tanks full to prevent water and use quality gas. I would think if you keep the tank full and use the stabilizer then you would minimize the chances of absorbing salt and this problem... this is the only reason I have heard of avoiding stabilizer.
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I do not think the MDR contains alcohol.
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Old 01-01-2004, 08:17 AM
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$50K-$100K for a boat and people shop for the cheapest fuel stabilizer they can find. Kind of like buying $250 reels and putting them on $50 rods. I don't have an answer or opinion, just an observation. Like most people, I use that cheap Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer but I doubt that any stabilizer is needed for storage of less than 12 months.
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Check out a product called "Sea Foam". It is a favorite of a lot of mechanics and has some additional qualities beyond stabilization. Not trying to sell anything, just a product that you might want to research. Granpa
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LAST PENNY--How can a post titled "BEST Fuel Stabilizer", and a casual follow-up mentioning cost effectivness be seen as people trying to go cheap on fuel stabilizer?
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Glacier, I'm not accusing anyone of going cheap, including myself. I think its a little odd that the cheapest fuel stabilizer on the shelf, at least locally, is Sta-Bil. This subject comes up repeatedly and the majority of the time, Sta-Bil is the most recommended. One would think boat fanatics would be buying some high-priced stuff since most people treat their boats better than their spouses.
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Yep, I pour in Sta-Bil everytime I get fuel.
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FWIW, Sta-Bil is alchohol, says it right on the bottle:

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PRI-G, the best I have alot of confidence in it.

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Wait a minute here, let's get back on track.

The question ends with the statement that the boat is only left for a couple of months at a time.

Don't put a dam thing in it. You don't need to use it so don't use it. Its that simple. Don't even think about putting that crap into your tank unless you intent to leave it sit for about a year, anything less and you don't need it at all.

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I use OMC 4+2 with good results. And I have used Stabil in the past with good results. Thom may be right, but I prefer to use a fuel stabilizer when storing for a month or more. Even if it doesn't do anything, and I think it does, it only costs a relative small amount, pennies to the dollar.
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