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post #21 of 156 (permalink) Old 01-13-2011, 05:12 PM
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sea foam is great
Where do you purchase it? or who sells it?
Most auto parts stores and hardware stores have it.
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sea foam is great
where do you purchase it? Or who sells it?
walmart has it
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Will it help an engine thats burning oil??
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i dont think it will help if its burning oil, just means u need a new top end. try marvel mystery oil. ive seen that help smoking
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Most of that "trendy stuff" is designed to do ONE thing above all else....separate you from your hard earned dollar! Same for the synthetic oils. You shouldn't be using ANY of that garbage in an engine using a WET clutch as most all atv's have. "Super slippery" oils will only help your clutch SLIP. Use a good quality oil, keep it clean (changed) and also the FILTER. This also goes the AIR filter. Any crap that passes through the AIR filter goes straight into the combustion chamber of your engine. If the air filter gets packed full of dirt and not cleaned, the engine will suck in more GAS. If it's clogged up enough, it'll help cause the excess gas to wash down the cylinder walls of the engine (washing all the oil off) then you'll be metal on metal with the rings and cyl walls. THEN you'll be burning a LOT of oil and needing a top end. Most additives are manufactured to make money for the manufacturer by convincing people who don't know any better to BUY IT!
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Most oil additives are originally intended for use in passenger cars and trucks, NOT AIR COOLED ENGINES, and definitely NOT for use with a WET CLUTCH.

Automobile and truck engines run around 200 degrees operating temperature. AIR COOLED engines run right around SIX HUNDRED DEGREES normal operating temp. Oil not only LUBRICATES the engine, it also CLEANS AND helps COOL the engine. HEAT is the biggest cause of engine oil breaking down. That makes keeping the oil changed REGULARLY on air cooled engines IMPERATIVE! Cars can go 3000 miles between oil changes air cooled engines CAN'T! Some of the newer water cooled atv and motorcycles have more leeway than the air cooled types but still face a LOT tougher life than the oil in a car or truck. The extra dirt and dust in their "normal working environment" is 10 times that of a passenger car just for starters. Keep your oil & filter changed and forget the "magic bullets" offered by the supplement manufacturers.
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600 degrees??? really??? your telling us that if i take a laser thermometer for reading engine temps and point it at my cylinder after riding for an hour os so itll read 600 degrees?!?!?!? i have a hard time believin that.
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600 degrees??? really??? your telling us that if i take a laser thermometer for reading engine temps and point it at my cylinder after riding for an hour os so itll read 600 degrees?!?!?!? i have a hard time believin that.
Yeah, sounds a little too hot to me too. Although, I can't tell you what temperature the engine actually runs on these air cooled ATV engines, I can tell you that on most of the air cooled ATV engines with the oil coolers, the fans generally kick on when the oil temp reaches anywhere from 200 to 300 degrees F, depending on the model.

Most 4-wheeler problems are caused by a loose nut connecting the handlebars and the seat!!

You only need two tools in life -- WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.
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how about this, i get the thermo from work and go ride one day and check temp peiodiclly and give an avg temp reading and post it the following evening. then we'll have a more accurate guess to this subject. do alot of the honda qhads have fans? mine doesnt
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how about this, i get the thermo from work and go ride one day and check temp peiodiclly and give an avg temp reading and post it the following evening. then we'll have a more accurate guess to this subject
That sounds good.

Most 4-wheeler problems are caused by a loose nut connecting the handlebars and the seat!!

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