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could someone tell me what sea-foam is, and how to use it? is it different from startron enzyme additive?
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I can't tell you what it's made of, or how it does what it does, but I can tell you it's marketed as a fuel additive/stabilizer, it seems to also work great to clear gunk from old/bad fuel, and it not meant to be drunk.

Just pour some in the gas tank and slosh it around. The bottle has a measurement based on volume of fuel youre mixing it in with, but I just pour a full can in when I put the bike away for winter to keep the gas from getting all gunky.
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Seafoam is a cleaner, as far as I am aware. I put it in the tank of my '82 Yamaha XJ750 every now and then. Some folks also put it in their oil to keep things cleaner. I can't say how it compares to other chemicals, since I only know it by the brand name.

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IF and I say IF you put in in your oil, you MUST change out the oil in about 50 miles. This stuff will clean like a son-of-a-gun in both the fuel system (which is good) and in the oil (which is good ONLY as a real temporary thing). I've used it in my oil, too, but I was going to change the oil and filter out anyway. I basically put it in and ran around for some 20 to 30 miles and then dumped it.

So if you're machine has sat for a long, long time, or you have reason to believe there's gunk in there for whatever reason its fine to put SeaFoam in the crankcase AS A MEANS TO CLEAN IT OUT. But you don't want it in for long term.

For fuel system cleaning, just follow the directions on the can. Its money well spent.
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the seafoam tutorial on youtube states to add 1 ounce per quart of oil and to drive vehicle between 100 to 300 miles....being we are on motorcycles i would go with the above opinion and go no further than 50 miles just to be safe. it works when used with some common sense...lol good luck.

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But getting back to the original question about SeaFoam and Startron enzyme additive: I've not heard of the Startron stuff before. I don't know, therefore, what the similarities or differences are. My experiences with SeaFoam are good though.

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According to the MSDS, Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment is >95% heavy naptha with >0.5% other solvents. To me, that is just snake oil. A heavy naptha will clean carbs and injectors and probably absorb some moisture better than gasoline, but not that much better. And what is an enzyme going to do in a combustion engine? That's as ridiculous as claims that "oxygenated" bottled water has some magical properties.

Again from the MSDS, Seaform is a proprietary solvent mixture plus isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol is what makes it a good fuel stabilizer as it helps to prevent water from falling out of the gas, which is a problem any time with E10 gas, but especially when it sits for long periods with changing temps.

Both products will clean carbs and fuel injectors some, but, if you want to clean carbon and varnish from carbs and injectors with a gas additive, injector cleaning additives with PEA (polyetheramines) do a much better job. Techron, Red Line, and Royal Purple (my choice) are among the best in this category.

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Sorry but int the last few days I've seen a bunch of posts about what Seafoam and other additives contain.
On here and other places.
The majority of us dont really care what's in it - sorry.

BUT if it cleans and makes you vehicles - bike or car or truck - ruin run better, cleaner, longer - and its not a billion bucks, it's money well spent!

Seafoam is one of those.

I've used it as winter storage stabilizer, and fuel tank addition for keeping the fuel system clean on the bike.
Cant complain about how it works, or the cost!


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I use seafoam as a gas stabilizer and put about a third cup of seafoam into my gas tank in November during bike storage and fill up the tank with gas to expel all the air so the inside of the tank doesn't rust up,

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