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Sea Foam

Post by Solina Dave » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:45 pm



If you use Sea Foam in your fuel and or oil, how often do you use it, and how much do you use? Do you add it at each fuel fillup? How often, and how much? Do you use it before and after oil changes? And if so, how often and how much. It's said that the more you use, the better for your engine. I'm just looking for a cross section of your personal habits regarding the use of this stuff, and if possible, an evaluation of how well you think it works. Because it's expensive! I know what you're thinking, "it's cheaper than a blown engine!" :lol:

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Re: Sea Foam

Post by tfdeputydawg » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:40 pm

Use it for fuel stabilizer for winter storage in the trike and all lawn equipment. Other than that there is no need to use it. Directions on the can tells the amount to use.

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Re: Sea Foam

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:42 am

Dave,

with a carbed bike, it can help to keep the idle passages clear....
some of us will put an oz in the fuel tank at fillup ever 2nd or 3rd tank...

just a PM measure, but if your carbs are clean, no reason to do it at all...
except for winter storage, and for that, Stabil360 is better.

0.5 oz to 5 gallons is the correct mix for that.
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Re: Sea Foam

Post by DenverWinger » Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:38 am

Dave, I'll add no need to use it in your oil at all if you are regular on your oil changes.

Having said that, it is useful to add to oil if you are resurrecting a bike with a gunky crankcase, or maybe having starter clutch issues...
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Re: Sea Foam

Post by Solina Dave » Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:12 am

AZgl1800 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:42 am
Dave,

with a carbed bike, it can help to keep the idle passages clear....
some of us will put an oz in the fuel tank at fillup ever 2nd or 3rd tank...

just a PM measure, but if your carbs are clean, no reason to do it at all...
except for winter storage, and for that, Stabil360 is better.

0.5 oz to 5 gallons is the correct mix for that.
Thanks John. That's just about what I figured may be the response. Sea Foam, if you break down their numbers, suggests 1 oz. about every 175 miles. That might be a bit rich, but they also say that more does a better job. I think your plan of 1 oz. every couple of tanks sounds reasonable. I figure that it can't hurt, even if you think your carbs are clean.
I use Sta-Bil 360 Marine for winter downtime.

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Re: Sea Foam

Post by Solina Dave » Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:37 am

DenverWinger wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:38 am
Dave, I'll add no need to use it in your oil at all if you are regular on your oil changes.

Having said that, it is useful to add to oil if you are resurrecting a bike with a gunky crankcase, or maybe having starter clutch issues...
Thanks for that Mark. That's what made me curious as to the necessity of adding it to crankcase oil. I change my oil and filter every 5,000 kms./3,000 mi. (never more than 7,000/4,350). That's got to be sufficient if you're also using a quality oil and filter.
Also I agree. I've heard before that it's a good idea to try Sea Foam, if you are experiencing starter clutch problems. And that it could help resolve that problem. It happened to me recently and I was going to give it a try. But my stator died (lucky me), and I serviced the starter clutch when I repaired that fiasco. Also, the crankcase oil was very clean. So it may have just been time to service the starter clutch anyway. Who knows?

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Re: Sea Foam

Post by Magic23 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:47 pm

I use a rotation of Seafoam and Marvels Mystery Oil. Both will clean and the MMO also helps to lubricate the valves and ejectors. They both can be used the same way in the gas and crankcase. MMO is considerably cheaper.
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Re: Sea Foam

Post by WINGER3 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:17 am

I add 1 ounce sea foam & 1 ounce MMO every 3rd. tank to keep the crap they call gas here in Ca. from gumming up the carb's on my older bikes and my F6B fuel injectors, never have used it in the oil as I change it often. Bob :mrgreen:
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Re: Sea Foam

Post by keithg64 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:08 am

This is from the seafoam website and its what I was thinking while reading the above post.

For routine fuel system (gas tank to engine) maintenance, one can of Sea Foam Motor Treatment treats up to 16 gallons of gas or diesel fuel.
When greater cleaning is needed, add more Sea Foam – the more you add to fuel, the better it cleans!
When stabilizing fuel for storage, use 1 (one) ounce per gallon of fuel.
Don’t worry if you exceed these amounts: Sea Foam only contains petroleum-based cleaning and lubricating ingredients that CAN’T HARM your engine or fuel system components
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Re: Sea Foam

Post by am3098 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:04 pm

With my 1500 I used Seafoam as a stabilizer for winter storage, then the first tank of fresh fuel I added 1 oz./gallon for spring cleaning. Throughout the riding season I added Marvel Mystery Oil at every tank, I think it's 2 oz./tank; I keep pre-measured bottles in the trunk. A guy who has rebuilt several sets of carbs on older bikes says that he could tell who ran MMO because the seals and/or o-rings were in great shape. He told me that the ethanol in today's fuels dries out the seals; so based on that, I thought it was cheap preventive maintenance.
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Re: Sea Foam

Post by Grindl » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:03 pm

I've used it in my bikes for about 20 years now , at a guess . Usually add 1 1/2 oz. every other tank-ful . Solid product that does exactly what it claims to do . Haven't had to mess with my carbs on either bike since they had rebuilds done years ago . They even stay in balance closer , in spite of todays current "crap" gas we have available , with the so-called cleaner standards . Don't use it in oil , as I change my oil & filter every 3,000 miles , or so . Tried the Sta-bil , but found it to be , "less than" for my dessert climate .



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