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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-09-2015, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Winter Stabilizer, or not?

So...this debate came up locally and I wanted to throw it out here as I know many, many of you do all your own maintenance. We have a local motorcycle group and there was a heated discussion (let's keep ours lukewarm) about using stabilizer in your gas tank over the winter. Do you? If not, why not... If you do, does it make a noticeable difference or have you just always done it?

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I use a fuel stabilizer over the over the winter as I live in a very humid area, creating moisture and condensation. In addition to burning ethanol free fuel the majority of the time, I don't have any fuel related issues when it's time to bring my bike out of hibernation.
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I use Sta-bil in both my bikes over the winter. My garage is tempered but when I open the door to get the snowblower out (you southern folks just google snowblower to see what they are) the heat difference is just right for condensation. It doesn't hurt anything to do so and it's cheap insurance in my point of vue.
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I use Seafoam year round.
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I use marine sta-bil. Not sure if the marine formula is really any different than the regular but it advertised as being made especially for ethanol fuels. Ethanol is the worst thing out there for a fuel system when allowed to sit over time. As Corsair said it's cheap insurance. When using it my engines have always started in the spring.

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Always use it, sta-bil or seafoam. As was said, cheap insurance. I also fill up the tank at the end of the season too. Less air space for moisture.
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I fill my tank too and make sure it's full if I get out for a winter ride - I never really "put away" my bike. Although, the 6 foot snowbanks we had here in Mass last year say I am lying, and that it was definitely put away last year. I kind of agree with the "cheap insurance" philosophy but my SO seems dead set against them so I thought I might find out more here. Gotta love 95 views and only 5 comments though...

No one hates the stuff?

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I bought my first bike in 2013 and that winter I didn't put any fuel stabilizer in the tank. It started right up the next spring with no problems. The winter of 2014 I did use a fuel stabilizer and it also fired right up with no problems in the spring. This year I haven't put any in yet because this Ohio winter so far as been fairly warm. I plan on riding tomorrow for the last time so I'll be adding some this weekend. I don't know if it makes a difference or not but I would feel better if I did use it.
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I have a couple of motorcycles, 4 mowers, and a snow blower. I use Stabil in all of them every winter (spring, summer, fall for the snow blower). Everything starts on the first pull/crank every season. One time my bike sat for a month and a half without Stabil, and it started hard and ran like crap until the old gas was gone.
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Any vehicles with gas in them should have some sort of stabilizer in the gas when not in use for extended periods.
Stabil marine I have found is the best out there. Now, the difference is that fuel injected, computer controlled
bikes may react differently then carborated when being restarted after layaway...

I've never had any problems with cars or bikes running stabil in them. And we have a bunch of stuff that sits.

I use it in my generator and once a year I start it up and run it until the gas is down a bit and refill with fresh
gas and a dose of stabil and it's ready to go until next year. starts up first pull every time.

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