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Old 08-21-2014, 11:29 AM
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Real Gas in an LT1

Question for everyone. Is there any benefit to running "Real" gas in your boat, by that I mean 100% no ethanol? I know that it is more stable and will last longer but other than that is there a real benefit? Theres a station in town that sells it, and i use it in My Ford Model AA, but started putting it in my boat as well. It seems to run the same, however it smells quite a bit different than premium. Its a 1998 with an LT1. Opinions, comments? Thanks
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:31 AM
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If I can get it I use it... in 1995... I hate ethanol - it's rough on even the newer plastics and vinyl.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:48 AM
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I've run ethanol in my LT1 for the last 10 years. It's really been my only option. I haven't had a single fuel-related problem. I do run it very frequently, though, and I stabilize it over the winter. I usually run 89 octane, sometimes premium if it had to sit for a while.
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Old 08-21-2014, 12:13 PM
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Just toss in some Seafoam or Gumouts version of Seafoam - I put a can in with ever fillup...
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Old 08-21-2014, 12:30 PM
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I put in ethanol free premium if I can get it. Easy to find in northern MN If the premium is not ethanol free, I put in some STA-BIL Marine Fuel Stabilizer. No issues so far!
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:12 PM
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I have not had any issues either. Have mostly been running blended fuel and I agree, I can smell the difference but performance has not appeared to suffer. So far, so good...
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:33 PM
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Ethanol attracts and absorbs moisture. I always use ethanol free in my boat.
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Ethanol attracts and absorbs moisture. I always use ethanol free in my boat.
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While 10% gasahol is probably OK, ethanol-free gasoline is better.

Around here I pay 20 cents/gallon extra for pure gasoline. It's actually a wash from a price standpoint, because pure gasoline has about 5% more energy than gasahol, i.e. you get better mileage.

I also despise the government promoting alcohol as a means to save energy, as that concept is pure BS. (that's a whole 'nother discussion)

I buy alcohol-free whenever I can.
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I also despise the government promoting alcohol as a means to save energy, as that concept is pure BS. (that's a whole 'nother discussion)
The energy required to produce a gallon of ethanol and the BTUs or energy output from that gallon is less than what it costs to make the ethanol when every aspect of the process is considered. As soon as that is fully discovered, ethanol gas will go away. No amount of subsidies of the ethanol can keep the myth going forever.
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Careful ... This thread may have to be merged with the Ron Paul thread ... And what a waste off good drinking alcohol
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