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Curious. Ethanol or not

Discussion in 'Beginners' Lounge' started by jetmech05, May 24, 2016.

  1. jetmech05

    jetmech05 New to GSN!

    I'm new here, been a member well let's see reckon all day now.
    Been reading some posts in here and now I wonder how many of us are running ethanol free?
    This is what I do. Ethanol free gas mixed with redline at 40:1. I use this even on break in.
    The engine seems to run cooler and better than when I used gas with ethanol.
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  2. Pistolera

    Pistolera HEY!..GET OUTTA MY TREE!

    Welcome!!! I use whatever high octane available when I stop for gas. To be honest I've never experienced any difference in ethanol free vs the blended stuff. Also running Red Line at 40:1 in my DA150, going into its 4th season with me and runs like a champ :fist_pump:
    49dimes, Robotech and Jetpainter like this.

  3. I run ethanol free only because it's at a marina near me. Most two stroke oils have stabilizers already added in for fuel with ethanol so either way I don't think it's a huge difference.
    Xpress likes this.
  4. BalsaDust

    BalsaDust Moderator

    I'm in the same boat as Pistolera whatever high octane is at the gas station when I buy fuel which is normally the local WAWA so it's got ethanol in it.
    combat chicken and Robotech like this.
  5. jamesrxx951

    jamesrxx951 100cc

    If you have E0 go with that. If you have E10, go with that. A lot of myths out there with E10 and for anything 20 years old or newer E10 (probably even older than that) is fine. E15 you can start running into some issues. I have 2 strokes that are 15 years old and the diaphragm carbs are original and no issues. If you get crappy E10, go to a different station.
    combat chicken likes this.

  6. jamesrxx951

    jamesrxx951 100cc

    Actually because I had 110 gallons of E0 fuel to get rid of, I used it in my company truck that I drive. I found no difference in MPG or performance.
  7. RJ 706

    RJ 706 70cc twin V2

    Ethanol free high test with Redline 40/1 in all of my engines.
  8. stangflyer

    stangflyer I like 'em "BIG"!

    Ethanol free 91 octane with Redline 40:1 mix. Why? Because the station is close, the fuel is reasonably priced and not willing to take a chance with ethanol fuels. Here is my reason. Perhaps the fuel we get that is blended here is different from other places, but I can personally witness that after about 6 months, Tygon fuel line is harder than my...... when a redhead is around. Seriously.... Many of my friends were also running ethanol based fuels at 87 octane. They could not keep their motors running and it seemed they were always fiddling with the carb to get it running. One of my closest friends was running the ethanol based fuel and his DA 170 would dead stick or stumble every time he took off. He was always messing with the needles. I finally got exasperated and told him to drain that crap out of his tank. In which he complied. I gave him a full tank of my mix and what do you know???? The 170 ran 100% better than it ever had prior to the refill. I've been running the same fuel lines in my 260 since the day I put her together in Dec. of 2012. I'm in no way discrediting or doubting anyone else that has had success with the ethanol. But out here in potato country, the ethanol purely "SUCKS". Won't use it even if a tanker full was given to me.
  9. ChickenBalls

    ChickenBalls "Cool Guy"

    Like Rob mentioned above the ethanol is what is hardening the tygon. Ethanol free for me, as it's about 1 mile away from house to get it. We should protest, corn is for SHINE, not gas.
  10. Luchnia

    Luchnia 70cc twin V2

    No issues with Ethanol gas after flying it for about five years now. About the only thing that might occur is the Walbro rubber fuel pump diaphragm could have problems over time, but Walbro has the other diaphragms that you can put in.

    I used to run tygon line but quit using that. I did not find the normal Tygon to be of good use even in other applications I have used in years past.
    49dimes likes this.
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