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post #1 of 22 Old 08-06-2012, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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100 octane fuel?

Hi my fellow troopers,

I was just wondering if any of you have tried 100 octane fuel on your babies?

and if it makes a difference?

I saw a petrol station selling it the other day Premium 100 | United Petroleum

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By the way I always put 98 octane on my beast just because I love her too much... and in reality it only adds 1 dollar or less to the bill.

Having said that I use the cheaper petrol avaliable on my car I would use Kerosene if possible. Not a cage lover here.

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I usually just use 91RON ULP (not E10) in the Strom. The XJR1300 and our cars require premium. i.e., 95 RON.

(For our US cousins, we use RON, not MON or AKI, so our octane ratings are not directly comparable.)

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Are your ratings the same as we use in Europe? I found on my TL that there is a noticable difference between 95 and 98, but not much use in going higher. The difference is in smoother running, while the percevied power gain is probably either placebo or a result of that smoother running. The difference is large and noticable enough however for me to only get 95 if I really have to, and then only enough to get me to the next stop where I can fill up on higher.

On the DL, I have run 95 in all but one fill-ups so far (just got it about a month ago), and could not say I noticed anything different.

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Higher octane fuel is not better unless the particular brand has a better additive package in their premium grade. The difference in octane is only a higher resistance to igniting from heat and pressure before spark or spark induced flame front. If the engine isn't pinging and the additive package keeps things clean, there is no benefit to using higher octane fuel.

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And before some US based person makes the common mistake, Australian and other countries octane levels are measured differently than ours, so his 100 octane isnt race fuel like it would be here in the US. More akin to our 93 octane.

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Are your ratings the same as we use in Europe?
I believe so. We use RON as does pretty much the rest of the world (except North America).

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The difference in octane is only a higher resistance to igniting from heat and pressure before spark or spark induced flame front.
Could this then account for the difference I feel on the TL, but that there is no difference on the DL? I read somewhere that they have different comp ratios, but searching on specs both come up with 11.3:1. Perhaps the cams & valves on the TL is the reason. It is quite noticable, and it is the same no matter which gas company I get it from.

Or maybe the TLS gets hotter - it does stand for Testicles Lightly Singed after all..

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I kinda figure if the guys that designed the motor, and are responsible for repairs under warranty say 87 is good enough, it's good enough. Of the 5 new Suzuki's I've had in the garage and thousands and thousands of miles, low buck regular has always worked well. Top tier gas though, I don't stop at grocery stores or no names unless I don't have much choice.
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Could this then account for the difference I feel on the TL, but that there is no difference on the DL?
Yes. Fuel requirements involve more than compression ratio. Even gas flow patterns make a difference. A quick search didn't provide anything definite but one sale ad for a TL1000 said it took premium fuel.

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