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  • I used it to desludge my Dakota engine last fall.
    Halfway thru the tankful of E-85 the oil pressure
    gauge went to zero and back up. Did this a few times
    during the same drive. Dumped the oil and it came
    out in globs mixed in with the oil. Put in a quart of oil, 4 qts diesel,
    idled it for 6 min, and more globs fell out. Bet that baby is
    squeaky clean in there, and luckily ethanol free gas is available
    here in Indy-anna. NONE of that stuff is going into my bike unless
    roadtrippin' so it's getting cooked out right away.

    Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap
    Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap

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    • Originally posted by Cheap Bass Turd View Post
      I used it to desludge my Dakota engine last fall.
      Halfway thru the tankful of E-85 the oil pressure
      gauge went to zero and back up. Did this a few times
      during the same drive. Dumped the oil and it came
      out in globs mixed in with the oil. Put in a quart of oil, 4 qts diesel,
      idled it for 6 min, and more globs fell out. Bet that baby is
      squeaky clean in there, and luckily ethanol free gas is available
      here in Indy-anna. NONE of that stuff is going into my bike unless
      roadtrippin' so it's getting cooked out right away.

      Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap
      Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap
      Roundy-Round cars built to run on alky run 'bean oil' for that very reason...It'll wash all the oil off the cylinder walls and creep into the crankcase.

      Luckily I have access to corn-free fuel down the street at the track. 100-116 octane...but it's $6-11/gal. Works great for any orphan that didn't get Startron in it before being parked.

      Startron (by StarBrite) has been great for my stuff. Apparently it's one of the only ones that will 'convert' bad gas to burnable fuel because it has some kind of enzyme in it that gets the alky bonded to the gas again...or so they say. I put 1/2 a bottle in the KLR and topped it off with 100 octane when it sat and would only run choked...drove it around varying throttle the whole time and it eventually cleaned the slop out of the carb. The carb is a PITA to get out on that thing...

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