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post #1 of 12 Old 10-13-2012, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Winterizing questions

I am about to store my 919 for the winter. It's going to be stored in my father in law's heated basement. It just had a fresh oil change. I am about to top up the tank and ride it there. Should I put any additives in the gas? Should I do it upon storage or when I fill up so it cycles through the system? Any more suggestions would be great.

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get the tires off the ground and you should be good. as far as the fuel system.. the right amount of MARINE Stabil will do the trick to keep the gas from doing anything funky (and you would want it to be ran through the system before hand)

The Marine Stabil keeps o rings n such from drying out.

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get the tires off the ground and you should be good. as far as the fuel system.. the right amount of MARINE Stabil will do the trick to keep the gas from doing anything funky (and you would want it to be ran through the system before hand)

The Marine Stabil keeps o rings n such from drying out.
Thanks! That's what I did. Except for the tires off the ground. I'm gonna do that shortly then.

Wait!!!! What do you know about winterizing?

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Wait!!!! What do you know about winterizing?
Nothing... So why are you even listening to him?

I hate stabil with a passion. Seafoam is the way to go.

Oh, and what's winterizing?

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Thanks! That's what I did. Except for the tires off the ground. I'm gonna do that shortly then.

Wait!!!! What do you know about winterizing?
Nd4 knows nothing about winterizing. If its only sitting until spring, I wouldn't bother with any gas additives. Personally I wouldn't touch seafoam again. I used it in two bikes and both stopped running shortly after. The crf50 needed the carb cleaned and I had to pull the injectors from a Daytona 955i. They all had a crusty film on them. Still haven't got the insides 100% cleaned out. The gas in the fuel tank turned milky.

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you should have to do nothing....heated basement thats nice.....

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SeaFoam is a detergent additive, not really a good preservative. I would use Sta-Bil or Startron if I planned to not ride it for a month or more - the new ethanol gas goes bad quickly.

Also, what is this 'winter' of which you speak? :P

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Stabil for sure, I've used it for years with no problems, I use it in everything gas powered. If I had race stands I'd get the tires off the floor too, I don't have them (yet) and have had no problems so far.

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like stated... stabil MARINE, its formula is better for small engines and fuel systems in that of motorcycles.

and i wouldnt know much about winterizing but we do have some motorcycles that do alot of sitting so i have to take care of em.

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Nd4 knows nothing about winterizing. If its only sitting until spring, I wouldn't bother with any gas additives. Personally I wouldn't touch seafoam again. I used it in two bikes and both stopped running shortly after. The crf50 needed the carb cleaned and I had to pull the injectors from a Daytona 955i. They all had a crusty film on them. Still haven't got the insides 100% cleaned out. The gas in the fuel tank turned milky.
Sounds like you A) either used too much (like 2 oz per tank in a motorcycle, no more) or B) The bikes had a lot of crud in them and too much got cleaned out too fast, causing issues. This is a true testament to the cleaning power of Seafoam, but belays hidden problems already inherent in the bikes.

As far as winterizing, I used a couple capfuls of Marvel Mystery oil and one or two of seafoam. Bikes always start first try (on a charged battery) and run just fine on that tank of gas. I do try and burn that first tank down at least half way real quick, then put in some fresh gas.

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Sounds like you A) either used too much (like 2 oz per tank in a motorcycle, no more) or B) The bikes had a lot of crud in them and too much got cleaned out too fast, causing issues. This is a true testament to the cleaning power of Seafoam, but belays hidden problems already inherent in the bikes.
+1. Stuff works great. After years of problems with stabil being used to store fuel in a boat, I switched to seafoam and after switching, the inboard v-8 would fire up first try every time, even after sitting for 3+ years one time.

cb700s is right in that the newer gas goes bad much more quickly now...

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