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Alcohol fuel

Postby rivetset » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:08 am



Has anyone had any trouble with the blended fuels out there today? I have heard the Wing will handle the E85 fuel. Anyone know?



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Re: Alcohol fuel

Postby Jenkinsrawhide » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:52 am

Yes the wing will handle the alcohol fuel but over time I do not know whether it will cause damage or not. If you have a Farmer's CO OP in your area they sell the straight gas. I have noticed that I can get an additional four miles per gallon on the straight gasoline of course it costs a little more, but no worry about any damage.

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Re: Alcohol fuel

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:25 am

It may run on it, but I wouldn't count on the rubber seals in the fuel system lasting anywhere near as long. I won't be putting that stuff in my bike.

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Re: Alcohol fuel

Postby thrasherg » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:38 am

We don't seem to have any choice in Texas, I have been unable to find anyone selling neat fuel within 400 miles of Austin!! My wing handles it just fine, but I have no idea what it is doing to all the rubber parts in my fuel system, and I am sure it reduces engine performance (MPG, BHP, etc)..

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Re: Alcohol fuel

Postby Optimurphprime » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:01 pm

You definitely lose performance when using any kind of ethanol. It requires more ethanol to get the same power from gasoline (like 1 gal of gas to 1.25 gal of ethanol- not scientific but you get the idea). Straight ethanol (15% gas/85% moonshine) will eat away at your seals and gaskets quickly, unless they are made for that. The E85 junk is not as bad on your seals. There are a bunch of additives in gasoline that keep your seals lubricated. One of the big things you have to look out for is water developing in your fuel tank. That calls for another additive that your local gas station may not be adding to their mix. It's a good idea to buy a bottle of gas treatment everyone so often to remove the water. I have to do this with my truck, only thing they are selling in Alabama is 10% ethanol.
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Re: Alcohol fuel

Postby tfdeputydawg » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:56 am

A motor must be specifically built to run the E-85. A Wing is not! DON"T :x
Up to 10% Ethanol is OK.

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Re: Alcohol fuel

Postby suvcw04 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:35 pm

I live in Iowa, center of the universe for ethanol. Strange, but every station here also offers straight gas. Gasahol, as we call it is 10 cents cheaper than straight gas. You will get 3 to 5 percent less mileage on gasahol, so it has to be at least 15 to 20 cents cheaper to break even. I would ABSOLUTELY NOT put anything over 10 percent ethanol in ANYTHING. I used to work for a short time for a company that sold and installed gas pumps, hoses, nozzles, etc. E85 and biodeisel require special EXPENSIVE hoses at the pump. They will turn the inside of a regular gas pump hose to snot in a short time.
Care to guess what the float bowls or fuel injectors on a vehicle not built from the ground up for it will look like?
I have used 10 percent for years, but now that they pushing for the minimum to go to 15 percent, I'm done. I went back to straight gas in everything I have.

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Re: Alcohol fuel

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:11 am

I'm jealous of everyone who has the choice...around here you get 10% ethanol, and that's it. The gas companies all market it as if it's some great additive, like they're doing us a favor by adding ethanol.

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Re: Alcohol fuel

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:03 pm

I'm thankful that most stations here just sell gas and not that other crap.
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Re: Alcohol fuel

Postby actionpack » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:43 pm

i keep a jug of stabil in the trunk and add a couple of cap fulls on fill ups , keeps my tank from rusting
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Re: Alcohol fuel

Postby detdrbuzzard » Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:01 am

our wings are not e85 compatable they will handle e10. if you have rubber anywhere in the fuel delevery system e85 should not be used
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Re: Alcohol fuel

Postby actionpack » Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:49 pm

actionpack wrote:i keep a jug of stabil in the trunk and add a couple of cap fulls on fill ups , keeps my tank from rusting
we don't have e85 up here yet , i burn e10 ,


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