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Old 09-04-2010, 03:22 PM
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Default Storage - Drain gas or add stabilizer?

For those of us that have to put the bike to bed for extended periods. Winter up my way is pretty long...

Better to drain the tank and run it dry or add stabilizer? Someone once told me that the tank could rust if left dry?!

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Old 09-04-2010, 09:15 PM
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I think if you can get ethanol free gas the fill it up and add fuel stabilizer if you can only get ethanol gas dain it and fog the tank with WD 40. I have heard that fuel stabilizers dont keep ethanol gas from separating and becoming corrosive
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:17 PM
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It will definitely rust with empty tank.
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:25 PM
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For years I've either added stabil or left it as is, and I've never had a problem either way. I don't know if I'm just lucky or what, but it's never been a problem for me either way. I definitely wouldn't leave the tank empty though.
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:08 PM
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Winter in southern maine isn't quite as long as quebec but I've always used stabil without any issues. Bike is stored in an unheated barn from late november until late april or early may depending on when the snow melts. I heard recently, maybe on this forum, that the marine stabil is better then standard. I have not tried it though.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:10 AM
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I always top off tank and add Stabil without any issues. Fog cylinders as well. Don't think I would let sit with an empty tank for extended periods.
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:30 AM
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Top off tank and add Stabil, change fluids, hook up battery tender and wait for the next season. That's what I do and never had any probs over the years.
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:33 AM
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I just fill the gas tank all the way up,and change all the fluides
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:02 AM
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Fill the tank all the way up, and put in blue Stabil or use Startron.

If the tank is 1/2 full or empty, the moisture will build up and could rust the tank and also will make the bike run like **** in the spring.

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Old 09-05-2010, 08:10 AM
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never leave the tank empty,it will rust to hell.use stable or LUCAS stablizer,always change oils too,dirty oil will let the contaminates settle to the bottom of the tank/cases and will never really come out
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