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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-21-2015, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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The incremental upgrades are going on. I got my VFC3 and Lloydz AF installed and the bike seems to be running good. Just got the timing wheel and am putting it in this weekend. Job seems easy. Question I have is what to set the thing to? I'm thinking about +2 or 3 tops. I'm running 89 octane right now and I'm hoping I don't have to bump it up to 91. (I'm a cheap bastard) I'll do what I have to to make it run strong. I'm just trying to set my expectations...I do plan on hitting Bentley's Saloon during Bike week for a dyno tune...thoughts?...

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I set mine at +4 when I installed it and never thought about it again. And I also use 89 octane, but I have mistakenly filled up with 87 and the bike ran the same.

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I do plan on hitting Bentley's Saloon during Bike week for a dyno tune...thoughts?...
Yes , let me know when and I will ride up with you !

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And ..... Start your wheel at +4 , no less .

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Looks like I'll start at +4 then! Mags, I know you live near me. Wouldn't mind a meet & greet ride one bit. I'm thinking about a breakfast run on Sunday morning to Parkers Maple Barn in Mason NH. Likley bring my daughter with me....good eats, then more riding....Don't worry, she's done 500 miles with me in a day more than once

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I started mine at +4, bumped it up to +6, running 89 octane, no problems.

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I'm running 89 octane right now and I'm hoping I don't have to bump it up to 91. (I'm a cheap bastard) I'll do what I have to to make it run strong.
Most of the times you fill up it's only 4 gallons of fuel. So it cost an extra $0.40. It might be worth the extra money. I used to run 87 in my 99 HD Fatboy and just switch to 91. I got a couple of extra MPGs on long trips, I have only been running 91 since. My 2014 XC has 1600 miles on it since January (in New England) and it only gets 91. Switch and do the +4 like everyone has recommended.

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lots of factors contribute to pinging or not, your living at cooler temps helps. our engines are well built but not a blueprint motor, variations of a few more or less cc's in the cylinder heads can raise or lower compression. if it works its good, run the most advance without hearing any ping with the octane you choose. i always use 93 octane, started with 4, now at 6, its easy to change + costs $0, may try a little more if its ok with the summer heat. Pa is a little warm but summer humidity resembles water injection at times!!
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And ..... Start your wheel at +4 , no less .
^ That.

I started mine at the preset +4 on regular, then went to +6 on regular gas with no issues.

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+4 is the overall best setting for the ATS
if you go farther then +4 and the temps get above 95 degrees you'll get some pinging and then you should go to 91 octane.
If you do a lot of hill country use 91 octane if you do meet youker hills and flat land use 89 octane

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