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Seafoam

Postby newomij » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:48 pm



We read a lot about the use of Seafoam as a fuel additive and crank case cleaner. What we don't often get is info regarding how much Seafoam.

If I am trying to clean my carbs because they have been sitting for awhile and suspect a couple jets may be clogged, how much Seafoam would I put in my 5 gallon tank? Is it reasonable to think that just adding Seafoam will clean carb jets?

How often would I add Seafoam to the fuel (regularly, occasionally, rarely) and what are the expectations? And, again, what quantity?

If I am adding Seafoam to my oil to clean the inside of the engine, how much Seafoam do I add to the crankcase? Should I drain some oil first or just add the Seafoam to the engine thats already full of oil? What quantity?

Are there better options to Seafoam for any of the above uses?

Are there any other uses for Seafoam on, with, or in my GL1100A?

Might this make for a good DIY thread?



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Re: Seafoam

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:23 pm

I use half a can with a full tank of gas, and similarly half a can in the oil crankcase. Assuming the oil level isn't right at the full mark, half a can of Seafoam hardly makes a difference to the overall oil level, so I won't normally drain any oil beforehand.

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Re: Seafoam

Postby 4wred » Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:59 am

have been sitting for awhile and suspect a couple jets may be clogged

I've never had any luck getting clogged jets to open up with seafoam,especially the slow jets.I guess maybe if you have some very mildly clogged jets it might work.If you run 1 or 2 tanks of gas and seafoam and don't get the results your'e looking for time to yank the rack out!

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Re: Seafoam

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:26 am

Seafoam will not clear a clogged jet. If it's not flowing through a jet, it has no opportunity for the solvents to dissolve deposits.

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Re: Seafoam

Postby newomij » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:09 pm

Is there a DIY topic on removing and cleaning carburetors on GL1100s?

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Re: Seafoam

Postby wingman12 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:13 pm

I would add to Wingadmin comments on seafoam in the oil, for cleaning purposes pour seafoam into the oil and take for a 100 mile easy ride and then immediately drain the oil and change the filter. Do not run with the seafoam in the oil all of the time.. :D :D

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Re: Seafoam

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:49 pm

Here is a link to Seafoam that will answer all your questions about the product.http://seafoamsales.com
And yes I use it in ALL of my engines, from the truck and bike all the way down to the weedeater and chainsaw. 8-)
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Re: Seafoam

Postby mytown » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:44 pm

newomij wrote:Is there a DIY topic on removing and cleaning carburetors on GL1100s?


I like this one for rebuilding, not sure about removing.

http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12168

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Re: Seafoam

Postby flogger » Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:50 am

Where do you get it locally? Internet prices better than stores? Readily available or ordered?
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Re: Seafoam

Postby 4wred » Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:22 am

flogger wrote:Where do you get it locally? Internet prices better than stores? Readily available or ordered?


Here where I live it's available at autozone and advance auto.I think you can also get at walmart.

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Re: Seafoam

Postby flogger » Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:09 pm

What's it cost? Never was big on additives, etc so I have a natural hesitation to put things in the tank or to put things in the oil but for gas and oil... Ethonol is making me to rethink my ideas and the Seaford following folks give great reasoning...
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Re: Seafoam

Postby wingman12 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:34 pm

Flogger, good afternoon, Seafoam readily available at any auto parts store, I have found that Walmart generally has the 16 oz cans for around $8, sometimes a little cheaper, most auto parts stores are 1 to 2 buck more per can. You only use 1 oz per gal of fuel. I double that when I put away for the winter nap and first fresh tank full in the spring after hibernation is over. :D :D




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