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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Make yer own SeaFoam !!!!

Yes, its true....this guy got the MSDS (material safety data sheet) from Seafoam and started mixing/experimenting....interesting stuff, but reminds me of the "Rislone" nightmares from my hotrod days. Check it out, worth the read.

http://hildstrom.com/projects/seafoam/index.html

http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=445319

...I may experiment some meself...cant afford SeaFoam...



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That is pretty interesting. Think the wife might think I started cooking meth if was was out in the garage with all those chemicals. Lol
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This was posted a short time ago, the downside was the exact percentages are not available, nor the exact make up of each ingredient ( iso propel comes in several flavors) and the important point... Would you trust your mixture in your bike?

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I agree with KM. I work with chemicals and MSDS all day and part of my job is to compare comparable products from different companies. They give you an acceptable range for the ingredients because they don't want you mixing your own (what would you need them for then?). Just because you know what chemical components there are doesn't mean you know how much of each you need to achieve the desired effect. Ratios are very important because just a few extra measures of one ingredient can change the way the mixture reacts.

I say unless you have an advanced chemistry degree leave the mixing to the pros. The last thing anyone wants is their garage to blow up like a meth lab.
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I mix my own because I'm cheap. I've used it in the cage and Vulcan for a year or more with no ill effects. Put it full strength in a carb on another bike and gots lots of crud out when I drained it. Does it work? Seems to. Does it hurt the bike? Don't think so. Others have used it and report positive results.

Use at your own risk.

Here's my recipe and the MSDS info:

The ingredients for Sea Foam are naphtha, isopropanol (isopropol alcohol), and pale oil (light oil). For alcohol I use the 91% stuff sold in drug stores.

By weight
40-60% pale oil (automatic transmission oil/ATF)
25-35% naphtha (Coleman camp fuel)
10-20% Isopropyl Alcohol.

Here is a good approximation:

ATF 2.25 quarts
Coleman Fuel 1.5 quarts
Isopropanol 1.5 pints

Note: this will make more than a gallon of mixture, so use an appropriate sized container! Suggest you not smoke around the naptha!

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Ingredients you left out:
Equal parts of PISS and VINEGAR
Ya oughta have plenty o' that by the time you get done mixin' the stuff...

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Ingredients you left out:
Equal parts of PISS and VINEGAR
They weren't listed on the MSDS, so I didn't add them.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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This seafoam thing is starting to sound like an addiction. Everything in moderation. If you need so much seafoam to keep you bike running well that you start making the s**t yourself, there is something else wrong, or you don't get enough time in the seat. I probably use 6oz. a season ... two tanks worth for good measure, and it has never been because I think there is a laquer clog in my carb(s). Bike runs great. In fact, I may go cold turkey next summer.

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Well, I'm down to 1 and a half cans a year, which works out to 12 dollars for the year.

I spend more on cigars each month, and even more on scotch. Find a way to come up with something that tastes as good as my current 14 year old single malt (Oban) that costs less and I'm in.

Gas here is still hovering around $3.15 a gallon. Can you mix something up that will work that's cheaper than that?

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Personally, I've renovated a lot of old bikes/garage finds. Seafoam has been a champ. Also, I see it as part of the PM for all my vehicles. I agree with Knifemaker, the cost isn't great, and it might save you a lot more in the long run.

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Well, I'm down to 1 and a half cans a year, which works out to 12 dollars for the year.

I spend more on cigars each month, and even more on scotch.
Just the thought of $12 scotch scares me...

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