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Old 07-15-2012, 08:14 AM
     
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Default Which ETHANOL FUEL TREATMENT to use ?

Someone told me to use Sea Foam for fuel treatment in my gas tank, which holds 105 gallons.

It only does like 25 gallons @ $7.00 a can, that would be $30 extra for fuel treatment?

What does you guys recommned?

How about Star Tron or Lucas ?
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Ethanol free gas only!!! Pay a little more now, or a LOT more later! Don't mix the two fuels either.
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10/4, I can't get it around by me, I sure wish the gas stations would sell it their
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Ive been running 87 Oct. - 10% Ethanol since it came out on the 150 yamahas and I have had no issues in 265 hours. There are a few things to consider, per a mechanic - start the boat and let it run for 3 to 5 min every 3 to 5 days. I try to start it every few days, sometimes it goes a week. I do a lot of long trips so and burn off all the gas during the summer, but in the winter, it sits for months with 200 gallons all the time...
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...per a mechanic - start the boat and let it run for 3 to 5 min every 3 to 5 days....
Not practical for everyone. I haven't been in the same state as my boat for more than six weeks.

I've also been using 87 octane - 10% ethanol with Marine STA-BIL for two+ years with no fuel related problems.

I mix the STA-BIL at the ratio suggested for long term storage...sometimes even a bit stronger.

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10/4, I can't get it around by me, I sure wish the gas stations would sell it their
If your in Melbourne you can get it here. Pump is behind building, easy access.

http://www.gloveroil.com/
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If your in Melbourne you can get it here. Pump is behind building, easy access.

http://www.gloveroil.com/
Wow, how much is it a gallon, thats great to know, after I go through my tank of gas now, I'll switch over

I'm in Suntree, 20 min north of their!
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It is a little more than ethanol, well worth it. Call for current price.


This place is a little closer to you, Beach side.

http://www.charliesautorepairfl.com/index.htm
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Thanks ! I'm going through some fuel issues at the moment, so this is great news
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I use Marine Stabil also and have had no issues in last six years. My boat sits seven months out of the year. I have also mixed ethanol and non-ethanol gas before with no issues. Make sure you read the directions on back of Stabil. If it says it treats 320 gallons, it really only treats 180 gallons for long term storage.
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Here's a good resource if your looking for non ethanol gas, http://pure-gas.org/. Just click on your state at the bottom of the page.
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Someone told me to use Sea Foam for fuel treatment in my gas tank, which holds 105 gallons.

It only does like 25 gallons @ $7.00 a can, that would be $30 extra for fuel treatment?

What does you guys recommned?

How about Star Tron or Lucas ?
I have over 600 hours of ETOH going through my motors. I use Stabil Marine (Blue juice) and have had good luck.
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None.Mercury says the additives cause more problem than the ethanol fuel.
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None.Mercury says the additives cause more problem than the ethanol fuel.
Is that the same Mercury that packages and sells 3 different fuel additives?
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Thumbs up Stabil

I've been using the regular (red) stabil in my last two boats for sixteen years ,and have,nt had one fuel problem.
Make sure your fuel fill seals right , (check O ring.)
Also make sure your fuel tank vent can not take on any water.
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I have use Star Tron for the last 4+ years with zero problems and I use this stuff for all my equipment. As far as Mercury saying not to use ask all the folks every year at the dock who have fuel problems(water in the gas) and what it cost them to fix that will answer the question. I bet they use one of the products mention above.
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I currently use nothing and don't have problems using 10% Ethanol fuel for the past 8 years.
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I was looking for 2 things when I posted the thread. One was if their was a particular brand, and two if everyone is treating their gas with some sort of treatment.

Interesting enough, theirs a few folks here that don't use anything

I'm not sure if they got lucky, or maybe their doing something different, such as always leaving the tank full of gas, so no condersation forms in the tank

On the other hand, they say to run the tank down to all most nothing, and start with fresh gas when the boat sits for more then 2-3 weeks at a time
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I still use startron and haven't had any ethanol issues on my Honda or my Yammies.

I don't have first hand experience, but my friend and marine mechanic swears by a product called X2. He said that he put about 1/3 water in a jar of gas and added the X2 and shook it up and the next day their was still no phase separation and same a week later. Besides that testimonial I dont know.
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star tron. <$10 at the big blue store.
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