Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: The 13th colony
I know, that is why I run ethanol free in my small engines. Since I have tuned the carbs on my 82 gold wing and 03 KLR, I haven't had any issues as long as I run them often enough. Let them sit too long and you get that green corrosion crap that the alcohol causes that gums up the carbs. Supposedly most engines after the early 80s are supposed to be ok for gasahol, but not sure I buy it. I rebuilt the 4 carbs on the 82 GL1100 a few years back and I am pretty sure the new seals are alcohol resistant.
When they first went to 90/10 everywhere, the GL1100 burned up several sets of spark plugs. It had a dang California required fuel mix screw stop that prevented you from riching the mixture up. I ran the ethanol free for awhile and it was fine. Then the station nearby quit carrying it and I couldn't find it nearby. I then realized I could cut the mix screw stop off with the dremel so I could richen the mixture up and make it run right. Was like night and day with the power once I got the ratio right. Then the next year another station was built with 1 single pump that is ethanol free, but it is $1 per gallon more. Only use it in the lawn mowers etc.
Go Donald Go!!