how do i use seafoam?


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how do i use seafoam?

Postby crimsonwing » Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:16 am



hey wingers, just got done with the poorboy and now its time to clean my fuel and oil systems. i heard seafoam works wonders so im planning to use it. where do i get it from? and how do i use it exactly? how often and how much? i will be needing new fuel filters for this as well, i already have 3 new OEM oil filters so i got that covered alreday. What filters do yall recommend? drop your two cents!!



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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby twocams » Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:34 am

Let's see, Wal-Mart,O'reilly, Napa,ebay,Auto Zone...must I go on :? :? Directions are on the bottle in black/white. Carefull what and how much you put of this "snake oil" thats on the market into your engine's oil. And there ya go just my .02.

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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby crimsonwing » Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:55 pm

sweet, thanks twocams

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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby Mh434 » Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:04 pm

I used an entire can in my GL1500 when I had a problem due to a tank of bad gas that fouled my carbs. It didn't hurt the bike. I kept using lesser amounts over the next few tanks of gas, and it cleared up my problem without having to remove & rebuild the carbs (a fairly major job). I used to think SF was probably "snake oil", but no longer. I now use it in my riding mower, car, truck, etc. However, it's not suitable as a fuel-stabilizer as far as I know - I use a specific additive for that during long-term storage of gasoline-powered equipment.

I haven't used it in my oil, but many have, with reportedly excellent results. Add, say, 1/2 a can to your oil a short while prior to a planned oil change, ride it around for awhile, then change oil & filter.

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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby crimsonwing » Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:43 pm

thanks, that sounds like a plan to me.

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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby twocams » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:32 pm

I have used in my fuel systems. Seems to work rather well. I say snake oil cause if you read the bottle it will, clean your valves,carb,injection system,clean your engine. Clean your engine of all that......what? You mean the stuff that took 75,000 miles to build up and now is displacing metal that has eroded away? With the quality of oil these days and changing on a regular bases with filter there should not be any need for this kind of stuff. Hell you can use anything you want in any engine. Just be aware of what and how much you are using. And I would worry more about that oil in your coolant....or was that U?
I have an 1986 Toyota Cressida, they were Toyota's top of the line for years, you know leather seats, power moonroof,windows. I rebuilt the engine (twocams) myself and when the head gasket started leaking at 50,000 miles (loose head bolt). That engine was just as clean inside as the day I put it together 3 yrs earlier. Im just sayin take care of your engine (any) and it will take you thousands of miles. If you notice its usually something around the engine that starts the trouble, water pump,radiator,spark plugs,hoses,belts, carb,injectors. So there ya go Im tired of talking. :D

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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:08 pm

twocams wrote:I have used in my fuel systems. Seems to work rather well. I say snake oil cause if you read the bottle it will, clean your valves,carb,injection system,clean your engine. Clean your engine of all that......what? You mean the stuff that took 75,000 miles to build up and now is displacing metal that has eroded away? With the quality of oil these days and changing on a regular bases with filter there should not be any need for this kind of stuff. Hell you can use anything you want in any engine. Just be aware of what and how much you are using. And I would worry more about that oil in your coolant....or was that U?


The one thing in the four-cylinder bikes that it really does well with is for the starter clutch. There is very poor oil flow back there, and as a result sludge tends to collect and clog the sprags, which eventually causes the clutch to not engage - particularly when cold.

One or two treatments of Seafoam in the crankcase oil generally fixes this problem. Frequent oil changes also go a long way to preventing this problem in the first place.

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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby crimsonwing » Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:18 pm

thanks guys, i will definitely use seafoam for my crankcase. and yes,two cams, that with me withh the possible oil leakiing into my coolant. i still gotta do a flushes just to make sure its not just old gunk in there from the 80's haha.

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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby crimsonwing » Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:16 am

also i forgot to ask, do i need new spark plugs> i heard seafoam kills them

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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:04 pm

crimsonwing wrote:also i forgot to ask, do i need new spark plugs> i heard seafoam kills them


That's the first I've ever heard of that.

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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby LittleGoldy » Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:43 pm

hey wingers, just got done with the poorboy and now its time to clean my fuel and oil systems. i heard seafoam works wonders so im planning to use it. where do i get it from? and how do i use it exactly? how often and how much? i will be needing new fuel filters for this as well, i already have 3 new OEM oil filters so i got that covered alreday. What filters do yall recommend? drop your two cents!!


Just my .02c worth. I added the Randakk's (google it) oil filter conversion adapter plate and a Wix 1348 spin on oil filter. Talk about Lightning fast oil changes and you NEVER have to worry about that stupid center bolt or if you ( yikes :o ) or some previous owner rounded that thing off and wrecked it. (Yeah that happened to me upon first trying an oil change...luckily I already had the adapter. Goodbye oil bolt !! ) However a trip to harbor freight for a stripped head socket set and having to "Beat It" on with a hammer to get the old one out. Should have taken 20 mins took over 2 hours. Added the after market dip stick attachment and now checking and changing is a breeze. (The dip stick was nearly impossible to find as whomever was making them STOPPED. :( )
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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby crimsonwing » Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:18 pm

wow, littlegoldy, Ive never heard of that, that sounds great, im gonna look into it asap!

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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:59 pm

LittleGoldy wrote:Just my .02c worth. I added the Randakk's (google it) oil filter conversion adapter plate and a Wix 1348 spin on oil filter. Talk about Lightning fast oil changes and you NEVER have to worry about that stupid center bolt or if you ( yikes :o ) or some previous owner rounded that thing off and wrecked it. (Yeah that happened to me upon first trying an oil change...luckily I already had the adapter. Goodbye oil bolt !! ) However a trip to harbor freight for a stripped head socket set and having to "Beat It" on with a hammer to get the old one out. Should have taken 20 mins took over 2 hours. Added the after market dip stick attachment and now checking and changing is a breeze. (The dip stick was nearly impossible to find as whomever was making them STOPPED. :( )


Have a look at Littlebeaver's homemade dipstick - it works great on his GL1100.

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Re: how do i use seafoam?

Postby LittleGoldy » Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:13 pm


Have a look at Littlebeaver's homemade dipstick - it works great on his GL1100.


That's just the kind of enginuity (* on purpose :lol:) the folks here bring to the table. Varying idea's and modifications to suit all flavors and you make your own determination on what suits YOU. Happy Trails. (It's Raining here in S FL or I would be on mine :(


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