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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-13-2006, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone use any kind of octane booster? I've seen a few products at some stores and advertised online, but I've never used any.

I cringe everytime I fill up, knowing the manual calls for a much higher rating than I'm able to buy (not to mention I'm forced to run oxygenated fuel).
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knowing the manual calls for a much higher rating than I'm able to buy
What is the highest octane gas in your neck of the woods? Around here it is 91....I think?...shit now you got me thinking and now am going to have to look it up or else I won't be able to sleep....see what you've done!?
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Yeah, 91 is the best I've got here, 92 when I travel some, but day to day is what worries me, the manual says to use like 98 or something
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i live in LA and there are scatter gas stations that sell the higher octane gas.. i forgot the exact level but i think it's something like 93 or is it more.. i can check later this week and get back to you on this. but it is expensive.. probably the same price as adding a bottle of booster. i try to keep some in a large gas can for giving my baby an occasional treat.
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yea I just looked at it and it says to use 95 or higher. Could it be the same as with cars that unless it rides rough you are more than likely okay? and why is oxygenated fuel bad?
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Oxygenated fuel damages engine internals and promotes carbon buildup. The EPA pushes it because it burns *slightly* cleaner, but mostly 'cause of economic agendas.
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That's the Euro measurement. US measurements are different. Subtract 5 from the manual to get the US octane. US uses average while Australia and Europe use RON;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_octane_number

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That's the Euro measurement. US measurements are different. Subtract 5 from the manual to get the US octane. US uses average while Australia and Europe use RON;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_octane_number
Hmm...True, US uses AKI, so if the manual says 95, we're okay with 90+?

Still, this is a minimum, anyone run a booster? I haven't noticed any knock, has anyone else?

EDIT: Another interesting note, I used to work for ISDA, and occassionally crossed paths with the Weights and Measures guys, and you'd be surprised how rarely the octane in the pump matches what's on the sticker. In more than 95% of stations (in Idaho anyway) the actual measured octane was 1-5% lower than stated. Unfortunatley, most of their regulatory power only deals with actual volume dispensing, and not octane ratings.

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I don't know much about this subject but I have heard that the octane boosters are bad for the engines?

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I don't know much about this subject but I have heard that the octane boosters are bad for the engines?
I know many contain lead, which damage catalytic converters, but others should not harm the bike.
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