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Question Seafoam?

I was at a dealership asking some questions around the shop and I mentioned that I was going to run seafoam through my 2008 Vstar 1100 Classic.

One of the shop guys quickly stopped me and said I should NEVER run seafoam through my bike because it will eat away at everything that isn't metal including a few parts in the carbs.

Do you all agree that I shouldn't run seafoam through? I'm pretty sure I've heard people talk about running seafoam through their bikes on here. I just want to make sure before I do something that I regret.

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I wouldn't use the whole can since it's a small tank obviously but wtf is he talking about? It will eat away FUEL LINES? LOL!!! They aren't metal! I've used seafoam in my bike and all my cars, never any issues. It's great stuff.
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There is nothing in Seafoam except naphtha, "pale oil", and isopropyl alcohol. Do a search on some variant of "Seafoam MSDS" to see for yourself. The proportions vary depending on the version of Seafoam, but they run about half naphtha (also known as lighter fluid or camp stove fuel); about a third "pale oil" described as highly refined SAE 20 oil; and one sixth isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Decide for yourself which of these ingredients is likely to do a better job as a solvent than gasoline with ethanol added. When used as directed you add about an ounce per gallon of gasoline, which makes a pretty low percentage of any of the "active ingredients."

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I am happy to hear all of these things! This confirms my suspicion that the shop guys are full of sh*t. It was a Yamaha dealership and I mentioned putting in a POD intake system and they looked at me like I was crazy.

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I am happy to hear all of these things! This confirms my suspicion that the shop guys are full of sh*t.

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Don't be too hasty. After doing some research, I have found that seafoam, or variants there of, can indeed do damage. The biggest problem is that people think more is better. Seafoam is harsh, and little dab will do ya, so never use more than the can says to. Gasoline now contains 10% ethanol (alcohol), and one of the main ingredients in seafoam is alcohol. So we are taking a bad situation and making it worse, as far as alcohol is concerned. (alcohol abosrbs water from the air, so more alcohol=more water in the tank) However, alcohol is a fantastic cleaner, and if you are having a problem, say with gum in the carbs, then it can really help clean things out. But, if a machine is used frequently enough, the alcohol in fresh gasoline will have the same effect as seafoam.

I have several mowers, snow blowers, ect.. that sit most of the year. I only used seafoam one time on a used mower I just bought because it was running a little rough. Since then, I have never used it on that mower again and it has ran great ever since. There are better products for long term use. Startron and Stabil are the top two. I have used both, and the mowers start every spring on the firs try.

Again, seafoam is a great product, but only when used properly.
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Exactly. Main reason why I said don't use the whole can :P
What he said! Just follow the recommended amount.

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This confirms my suspicion that the shop guys are full of sh*t.

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And DEFINITELY what he said! It follows the same adage my EMT instructor told me...
What do you call a doctor who scored 100% on their final exam and what do you call one who scored 60%?

DOCTOR!

Just cuz someone works in a shop doesn't mean they actually know anything, lol.
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If you have a Zippo lighter that you use, just squirt some Ronsonol in your tank every once in a while. All it is in naptha and camp stove fuel.

When I read that back, it's hard to tell if I'm serious or not...

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