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post #1 of 36 Old 06-23-2016, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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I've been runnin petrocan 94 ocrane fuel. I've recently read that it has high ethanol levels which may be detrimental for my Vee. What is your knowledge and experience regarding fuel?
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10% or less ethanol is best. But no ethanol is the bestest. Always run the gas with the least amount of corn shit in it


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Ethanol is only bad if you let it sit for extended periods of time. For regular summer use, that's what I would buy if available. But for occasional use or winter storage, I'd stick to no ethanol gas at 91 octane.
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I wish there was a gas station selling ethanol-free gas anywhere near me, I hate ethanol on gasoline engines. You get a tiny power boost, and a sizeable fuel economy loss.
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I wish there was a gas station selling ethanol-free gas anywhere near me, I hate ethanol on gasoline engines. You get a tiny power boost, and a sizeable fuel economy loss.
Um No. no power boost. yes extra usage, and worse than that it will rot anything plastic or rubber in the fuel system.
It is also hygroscopic (will absorb water) until it gets to enough stauration then it settles out of the petrol and lay in the bottom of your tank as a white highly corrosive sludge.
It is also enegry negative, You have to put more energy into producing it than it will deliver in an internal combustion engine.
The only good thing about ethanol as a fuel is that it is renewable,and the only decent use for it is as a beveridge. Methanol as a fuel yes, ethanol big NO.

Obviously I share your distatse using it as a fuel.

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Why don't you just use what your manual says to... My 2015 DL650 says pump octane of 87 is just fine. Why would I waste money on a higher octane if I don't need it?
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Why don't you just use what your manual says to... My 2015 DL650 says pump octane of 87 is just fine. Why would I waste money on a higher octane if I don't need it?

because the manual states minimum 91 octane

mind you I have burned many tanks of regular without any negative side effects
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I wish there was a gas station selling ethanol-free gas anywhere near me, I hate ethanol on gasoline engines. You get a tiny power boost, and a sizeable fuel economy loss.
Really ? None of these 337 places are close to you ?

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

I have 122 here and can be at one in under 20 minutes.
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Why don't you just use what your manual says to... My 2015 DL650 says pump octane of 87 is just fine. Why would I waste money on a higher octane if I don't need it?
You are 2014+DL1000 land. The contents of your DL650 manual aren't appropriate here.

(I am speaking in North American octane here.). Having said that, running 94 octane is silly as the manual says 90+. I did run a tank of regular 87 when my local station ran out and saw no ill effects. I just avoided running it below 3,000 rpm with heavy load.

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Probably ethanol free fuel at or near a beach or marina around Newport News. Marine motors are still funny about ethanol. Can't recall a specific place off hand though. I just use the ethanol fuel, and with the money I save, I buy more. . My yard tools don't seem to like it though. It tends to be harsh on vintage weed eaters, chainsaws and leaf blowers. My mower don't seem to mind it though.


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