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    Smile Sea foam in Beemers

    Has anyone ever used Sea foam in their bikes? I've used it for years in all of my marine equipment and yard equipment. I've been afraid to try it in an F.I. System, but on my old CB750 the stuff works miracles.

    Just curious to see what other members think about using the stuff.

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    Smile

    Been using it in the R1200RT since '06.

    No problems - good stuff!
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    All the time. Keep the injectors clean and burns what's in the tank. Won't hurt a thing.
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    Used it in my R65 & in my R1150, works great!
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    I've used Seafoam and Chevron Techron. No problems with either. Now I stick with Techron though because I feel it is more effective and I have a test report of the most common fuel cleaners, and Techron was proved as the only real effective cleaner with no harmful after effects.

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    Had a buddy's K1100LT for a bit while I was tinkering on mine. Double yer pleasure. Put Seafoam in mine and equal in his.... gave them both a backyard highrev tuneup. Gave him back his bike and he said, "wow, what the hell did you do to it? Like a new bike" Of course I lied and said that it had a lot to do with my tuneup abilities ..... and, at no charge. Is that ethical? - Bob
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    I had heard that repeated use isn't oil friendly....I was told to consider a dose at the end of the riding season to clean out the fuel system and then change the oil.

    thoughts??
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    Quote Originally Posted by wecm31 View Post
    I had heard that repeated use isn't oil friendly....I was told to consider a dose at the end of the riding season to clean out the fuel system and then change the oil.

    thoughts??
    Sure. Either will dissolve gums and loosen carbon in the combustion chamber. The carbon bits are hard and can wind up in the oil. Good practice is to dose a tank of fuel just prior to an oil change and to then drain any of the contaminants away with a fresh oil change.

    But, if I had symptoms of a clogged injector while on the road I would dose the fuel and rely on the oil filter to catch any carbon particles. But prefer to change oil afterwards if possible.
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    I'm in with Paul on this one.
    I add some Seafoam to the tank just before I do an oil change on my airhead.

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    I'll have to look around and see if any is available.

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    http://www.seafoamsales.com/gasoline-engine-faqs.html

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    It would help to know where you're located Harry.

    However, NAPA Auto Parts carries it.
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    Unlike Chevron Techron, Seafoam can be added directly to the oil according to the instructions on the bottle. Are there any advantages/disadvantages to doing that?

    thanks
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    I am with Paul on this one... I add Chevron Techron in my Airheads prior to changing the oil. I have had not had any problems with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohan View Post
    Unlike Chevron Techron, Seafoam can be added directly to the oil according to the instructions on the bottle. Are there any advantages/disadvantages to doing that?

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    It will act like a solvent in the oil and will clean things up. Not always a good idea on an older engine. I'm not sure of a situation that I'd be putting it in the oil.

    If memory serves me correct you put a measured amount in the oil ( subsituting sea foam for some oil ) and run the engine for about 100 miles and then dump the oil.

    The suff works really well in the gas as a storage add or to just clean up the fuel system. Works wonders on old carbs.
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    I've never been a big fan of adding a fuel conditioner/combustion chamber cleaner/carb cleaner to a lubrication system.

    I mean, our oils are detergent, are they not? If one properly maintains their bike, how dirty can the inside of a motor be? Every engine I've had the pleasure of disassembling has been as clean as a whistle.

    I will await those with greater knowledge to tell me how far out in left field I am (or not).

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