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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-01-2016, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thankfully we have an abundance of Ethanol Free stations where I live ranging from 89-93 octane. With 93 pure gas I seem to average about 2-3mpg more than running 87 blended. When I cannot get pure gas I keep a bottle of Lucas fuel stabilizer as an "additive".

I refuse to put any octane boost in my bikes I have seen too many long term negative effects on fuel systems. So as fellow XC/XCT owners are any of you getting any better performance or mileage with different fuels or additives?

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I use Sea Foam, put a few ounces in a full tank for winter storage and usually another few ounces once a month during riding season. I gas up with the highest octane available fuel, in this area its 91-93, but I don't seek out ethanol free fuel.

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Unleaded fuels are very "dry". I feel like the fuel pump needs some lubrication, so I will put an ounce in each fill-up of Marvel's Mystery Oil just for GP.

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This list has come up before but I have to say some of the information is quite old and may not be accurate. Best to do some confirming locally. In Canada the ethanol level is stipulated to be 5% however due to the reduced wholesale prices the gas companies raise that to approximately 10%. Gotta love the grain lobbyists.

Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada

Just about every auto chemical manufacturer offers cleaners/protectors and lubricants aimed at ethanol gas. For the few cents per tank it seems the downsides of ethanol can be reduced.

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I believe Kevinx said running 89 was best. You only need 91 for desert and high mountain terrain. Any thing over 91 will varnish your valves and piston crate higher motor heat. As fas as better mileage that all could be in your right hand or temp and dew point of the day.
The factory say run 91 because there are to many that don't know what to do.

I will not start on the snake oil additives you can add to your gas and oil

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Marvel Mystery oil here also.

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If ethanol and you ride pretty often, you don't really need additive.

I say even on newer Vics, clean out your throttle bodies about once a year and you will see improvement in performance.

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A monthly dose of seafoam or berrymans b12 will help keep things from being gummy. On my last bike a carbed RSV with all the moving what nots in the carb it was pretty important to run a dose thur like once a month.
Unleaded fuel is "dryer" than the old leaded type fuels, and possibly the ethnol ones are dryer yet. So the Marvel may have good merit.

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Castor oil makes the exhaust smell nice!
That on the fence at the speedway type smell.
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Marvel Mystery oil here also.
I've been doing this ever since I had bikes with fuel pumps. If I don't use it for a couple of tanks I can hear the difference in how loud the fuel pump is.
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