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Does ethanol in gas cause problems with the fuel systems on the victory bikes. I've heard from a mechanic in a shop they have a lot of bikes come in because of the ethanol clogging up the fuel system. Carb or Fuel injected.
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Does ethanol in gas cause problems with the fuel systems on the victory bikes. I've heard from a mechanic in a shop they have a lot of bikes come in because of the ethanol clogging up the fuel system. Carb or Fuel injected.
Simply put: no. It doesn't help your gas mileage, but it doesn't kill your bike either.

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Victory is headquartered in Minnesota where they have a 10% state law ethanol mandate for all gas sold in the state. The bikes are designed to run on 10% ethanol because they have to be. I haul gas and fuel so I deal with this stuff everyday. I personally don't like the stuff because it dries out and shrinks seals and o-rings that are made of rubber and other compounds. The seals and gaskets they use in fuel systems are supposed to be compatable but I've seen that even the seals we use on our transports are effected by it even though they are made for it also so I really wonder if long term it can be all that good to an automotive fuel system.
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They had lots of problems with the tank lining in the 99-05 tanks, but they changed in 06. So not much since then. Biggest problem with ethanol is that it HATES sitting around, and will turn to goo. Problems with injected motors are far fewer the carb motors

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They had lots of problems with the tank lining in the 99-05 tanks, but they changed in 06. So not much since then. Biggest problem with ethanol is that it HATES sitting around, and will turn to goo. Problems with injected motors are far fewer the carb motors
Does Sea Foam help with that, or is there anything else that helps preserve ethanol blended gas?

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Does Sea Foam help with that, or is there anything else that helps preserve ethanol blended gas?
This is gonna sound dumb, but maybe I've hit on something and am doing the right thing. I add about 1/2 ounce of Marvel Miracle Oil to a fill up. Don't ask me what it does, I just do it cuz I read in many sources that the stuff helps on several levels.

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There are numerous reports of E85 damaging fuel systems and fuel pumps on non-flex fuel ready vehicles. All of the reports state that this is due to the corrosive properties of E85. Can E85 damage Victory fuel pumps or is there anything that can corrode in the fuel pumps?

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They had lots of problems with the tank lining in the 99-05 tanks, but they changed in 06. So not much since then. Biggest problem with ethanol is that it HATES sitting around, and will turn to goo. Problems with injected motors are far fewer the carb motors
A big problem with ethanol is it is blended with the gas when it goes onto the transport truck. After it's blended if it sits to long either in the gas stations storage tank or your gas tank the ethanol can drop out of the gasoline since the gravity of ethanol is different than gas. This makes the ethanol settle two the bottom and basically changes it back to two different products again. With the ethanol all on the bottom we know where the engine draws it's supply. If this happens you can feasibly draw almost pure ethanol into your engine.
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This is gonna sound dumb, but maybe I've hit on something and am doing the right thing. I add about 1/2 ounce of Marvel Miracle Oil to a fill up. Don't ask me what it does, I just do it cuz I read in many sources that the stuff helps on several levels.
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There are numerous reports of E85 damaging fuel systems and fuel pumps on non-flex fuel ready vehicles. All of the reports state that this is due to the corrosive properties of E85. Can E85 damage Victory fuel pumps or is there anything that can corrode in the fuel pumps?
Just look at what is happening to the pre 09 pumps with 10%. Pretty much every failure I have seen has been disolving o-rings. 15% is just gonna be worse

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