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240Z8
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:43 pm    Post subject: Fuel storage question Reply with quote

I'm about to tuck the Z away for the winter. November through March in storage. In the past I've just filled it up and thrown it under the cover. Never had an issue, but would 4-5 months justify using a stabilizer?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless running racing gas it couldn't hurt. Anything beyond six months and your asking for problems from gas decomposing.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't think that short of a time would be a problem and you've proven it in the past. Your question brings up another question. Have you guys ever noticed that some things can tolerate storage longer than others without a fuel problem? I have a weedeater that can go two years and start up fine with oil / gas mixture no less. I've had other things that after less than a year, you had to take the carb apart and clean it just to get it to run. I worked on a motorcycle that if it sat for just a few weeks, it was hard to start and would start running on 2 cylinders for about 15 seconds. If you drained the fuel bowls first, it would crank up perfect. The fuel would be discolored, a lot more orange than normal. I had basically the same motorcycle (he had CB1100F, I had a CB750F) and had no problems with letting it sit 6 months at a time. Weird. Didn't mean to steal your thread, you just made me think. Clay
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always tell my boat customers to fill the tanks all the way so there is as little air space in the tank as possible. Air in the tanks = moisture which contaminates it much faster, plus the tank cant rust if it is not exposed to air. This would go for motor homes as well. I always keep mine full.
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