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View Poll Results: Which fuel would you choose?
93 Octane with 10% Ethanol 21 28.38%
87 Octane with no Ethanol 44 59.46%
87 Octane with no Ethanol + Octane Booster 9 12.16%
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:15 PM
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Ethanol VS Non-Ethanol Gas?

I know that this issue has come up before but without much concensus on what if any damage is caused to our boat engine and fuel systems from the use of ethanol containing fuels. (several posts have been posted lately about water in tank, ongoing fuel pump failures and fuel senders not working, including mine) So if you had a choice on 3 types of fuel you could put in your MC which would it be:

1. 93 octane with 10% ethanol
2. 87 octane with no ethanol
3. 87 octane with no ethanol and an octane booster

The engine in question is the LTR which calls for premium fuel.
This is the dilema I am in right now. Help me decide.
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:18 PM
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Ocatane booster is snake oil, it raises the octane by POINT x for example when it says 3 points it means 0.3 points
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:34 PM
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I run ethanol free 87 in my '02 X9 w/ LTR 330, and have since it was bought.

Runs great
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:59 PM
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I thought most states have 10% ethanol in all grades of gas? It is very hard to find stations without it. I only know of one station here in Colo Springs with no ethanol.

BTW, We don't have 93....only 91. Although it won't make much of a difference at this elevation....
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:02 PM
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I thought most states have 10% ethanol in all grades of gas? It is very hard to find stations without it. I only know of one station here in Colo Springs with no ethanol.

BTW, We don't have 93....only 91. Although it won't make much of a difference at this elevation....
I only know of 1 station in our area with non-ethanol 87 octane also--on the Indian Reservation.
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:10 PM
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The other thing I was curious about, was Shell's gasoline. Because its on the way to the lake from my house, I always stop at Shell every single time I head out every Saturday. So I got to thinking one day, while I'm putting 10% ethanol of 93 octane in my boat, what's up with this "nitrogen enriched gas"? What effect does it have over the ethanol?

I've asked quite a few people, and none have been able to answer my question...
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:15 PM
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lucky for me the gas station up at the lake that is right next to my boat storage sells only non ethanol gas.

but i have had to use 10% when i take the boat to different lakes. but only a couple of times.
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:23 PM
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When I fisrt got my new to me '88 Prostar, I only put 93 octane in it. Feeling "thrifty" one day, I used 87 octane and have been saving money for "human liquid fuel" ever since
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:53 PM
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Ethanol is crap period. I won't run anything with ethanol.
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:08 PM
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lucky for me the gas station up at the lake that is right next to my boat storage sells only non ethanol gas.

but i have had to use 10% when i take the boat to different lakes. but only a couple of times.
Same story here. Only ethanol free station I know of also happens to be one of the closest to our lake house.

Our boat sits on a lift, so I lug 5-gallon cans to the lake with me every trip, and usually bring some home for the 2-stroke power equipment.
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