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Fuel system cleaner
« on: April 28, 2018, 03:43:53 pm »
Just wondering what people are using to clean the injectors and throttle bodies on their C14's and how often they clean the fuel system. Thanks, killface

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2018, 06:36:47 pm »
Just wondering what people are using to clean the injectors and throttle bodies on their C14's and how often they clean the fuel system. Thanks, killface
Might do better asking in the C14 section.
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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2018, 05:33:40 am »
Seafoam. Nuff said.



(It's the only cleaner that almost de-gunked ONE year old gas in my ol' KZ1000's carbeurators.  I say almost, as I didn't have the patience to let it sit longer...)

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2018, 01:06:45 pm »
run top tier fuels only, and you won't need any additives .

     https://toptiergas.com/

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2018, 01:42:15 pm »
Every few tankfuls, I add a dash of Techron, by Chevron, and a dash of Marvel Mystery Oil. This positively lubricates the fuel pump, valve guides, and injectors. It may not be necessary, but I can tell a difference.

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2018, 01:43:03 pm »
Good advice Steve, that is unless you live in calif  >:(   where you can only (mostly) buy E-10 Gasahol. For years I've been adding 1/2 oz Sta-Bil Marine to each tank fill. Finally in Germany I can get good gas.
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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2018, 02:05:37 pm »
For the past 8+ years we've been using Star Tron in the fuel for all fill ups of the 30+ training bikes with excellent results.

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2018, 02:47:36 pm »
run top tier fuels only, and you won't need any additives .

     https://toptiergas.com/

Steve

What Steve said.

Gunk on the fuel cap (if you still have the locking cap) I clean with Liquid Wrench.

Donit seem to have EFI problems with better fuels.

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2018, 07:49:33 pm »
run top tier fuels only, and you won't need any additives .

     https://toptiergas.com/

Steve

In the world of ever increasing DI gasoline and diesel engines fuel detergents are not very helpful to keep valves clean.

 

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2018, 07:54:11 pm »
Have you tried Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise as a fuel system cleaner?  :great: :beerchug:
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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2018, 03:04:54 am »
Possibly high jacking the thread, but SISF brought up Tier 1 gas.   If you're at the pumps and have choice between Tier 1 gas dosed with ethanol, OR 100% pure gas, which one do you choose?   

I guess you could always go for the pure gas and add your own Techron.  Thoughts?

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2018, 06:02:44 am »
100% every time. E10 doesn't help the pollution. Trace it back to production, it's all about big business and profits via Gov't subsidy.
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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2018, 01:15:47 pm »
Possibly high jacking the thread, but SISF brought up Tier 1 gas.   If you're at the pumps and have choice between Tier 1 gas dosed with ethanol, OR 100% pure gas, which one do you choose?   

I guess you could always go for the pure gas and add your own Techron.  Thoughts?

  If I'm riding and going to run it out, I'll take tier 1 e10. If it's going into storage, then pure gas. JMO, Steve

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2018, 01:30:38 pm »
100% every time. E10 doesn't help the pollution. Trace it back to production, it's all about big business and profits via Gov't subsidy.

Ding DingDing!

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And sadly -- that's Government subsidies to Farmers, and big Ag.  Overproduction of Corn, used to process and refine Ethanol (alcohol).
Likely to over-inflate Export Prices on foodstuffs, beef, pork, and chicken.

I'll shut up.

Alcohol is TERRIBLE for Plastic and Rubber Fuel parts in Bikes and cars.  And yet, lawmakers keep forcing it to the pumps.
Steve is correct: as long as the E10 is not sitting in the tank or fuel system, it's not very harmful.
For storage, straight gas or a fuel stabilizer will nullify the corrosive effects of alcohol on sensitive parts and materials.

And to answer the OP's original question: agree with Steve -- tier one pump gas has plenty of detergents in it to keep the system clean, but if I felt the need to "cleanse" the system, i'd use Techron as well.

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2018, 02:08:43 pm »
Have you tried Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise as a fuel system cleaner?  :great: :beerchug:

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2018, 11:26:40 pm »
run top tier fuels only, and you won't need any additives .

     https://toptiergas.com/

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Looking at that link, it seems every station has Top Tier.

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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2018, 02:12:23 pm »
Everybody on the interwebs loves the 100% ethanol free swill...  But I have to say my bike HATED it.  Ran like absolute crap when I tried it.  Now it's possible that the station I bought from gave me bad gas.  Availability is quite limited, in my area, and the only station that had it was a no-name station that I wouldn't normally fill up at.  It was also exceptionally expensive -- $4.99 per gallon!

I'm back to premium-grade fuel from "Top Tier" stations and my bike is happy.  Maybe E10 isn't the "best" but I haven't had any problems from it, and it's readily available.
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Re: Fuel system cleaner
« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2018, 06:05:57 pm »
E10 was a political solution to a non-problem, as far as gas goes. The big problem for bikes is the corrosive nature of the alcohol and the water it carries. Water is never good, it sits in the bottom of the tank but also condensates at the top and will create rust in the tank. It's always a good practice to fill the tank before letting the bike sit for any length of time. If long term storage then add a fuel stabilizer. The alcohol will deteriorate soft components like fuel lines, "O" rings and various seals. Newer(ish) bikes aren't so bad but it will destroy older ones.  100% or "Pure" gas generally only means no alcohol and doesn't apply to other additives.
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