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I'm storing my bike for the winter. I'm changing the oil.I use Sea Foam in the gas tank, but I read you can put some in the crankcase and running it through prior to changing the oil. Is this safe? I've always been leary about engine additives. Also, I have the Sea Foam lube.. they say remove spark plugs and spray into cylinders.. all I did last year was change oil and drain the carbs.. and lastly, can I use chain saw oil on my chain?.. yep, I'm a newby.. my girl did me right last summer.. I wanna do her right.. any imput would be greatly appreciated... thank you
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Had you done a search on "Winter Storage" you would have found this informative thread that answers most of your questions:
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...Winter+storage

Personally I would not use SeaFoam in the oil unless you have a problem. Guessing your question on chain lube is for another bike as the Vulcan is shaft drive.
Buy some chain lube made for motorcycle chains... I don't think chainsaw oil is the same thing. (Some bike chains have o rings that can be effected by some chemicals)

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Had you done a search on "Winter Storage" you would have found this informative thread that answers most of your questions:
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...Winter+storage

....Guessing your question on chain lube is for another bike as the Vulcan is shaft drive.....
Maybe he means the chain he uses to lock the wheel. lol I sure haven't seen any other chain on any of the VN 750's that I have looked at. lol

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I'm storing my bike for the winter. I'm changing the oil.I use Sea Foam in the gas tank, but I read you can put some in the crankcase and running it through prior to changing the oil. Is this safe? I've always been leary about engine additives. Also, I have the Sea Foam lube.. they say remove spark plugs and spray into cylinders.. all I did last year was change oil and drain the carbs.. and lastly, can I use chain saw oil on my chain?.. yep, I'm a newby.. my girl did me right last summer.. I wanna do her right.. any imput would be greatly appreciated... thank you
Are you storing your 2006 vn750?you don't need chain oil as it's shaft driven

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I understand the snow up north and out west could slow the riding but I think I would still start the engine and run it for a little while periodically to keep all the internal parts lubed. Some parts may rust over in the long moist winter months.
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omg!! I am a such a burnout...

Sorry, for the stupid question about the chain oil.. I musta been having a flashback about my first bike over 20 years ago.. a Yamaha 650.. nothing worse than making oneself look like an idiot on the internet... thank you for the sea foam advice.. I won't use it..
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Assuming you do not plan to start the bike during storage, I recommend draining the tank, removing it, pouring in about a qt of cheap engine oil, move the tank around to coat the inside good, and pour out the excess oil. While the fuel lines are disconnected, drain the carbs, and run some WD-40 through them. This will remove any gas that still might be in there, and coat the inside of the carbs with WD-40.

The reason for this is to prevent damage from ethanol gas. It used to be that all you had to worry about was the carbs getting all plugged up with what was left when the gas evaporated. I thought that was bad. But since the advent of ethanol in gas, I have seen carbs literally destroyed by it. Aluminum and brass corroded, steel rusted, and metal and plastic melted. It will also cause the tank to rust, and do the same thing to the petcock as it does to carbs.

I just had my carbs off, and found corrosion and melted rubber. And my bike has never sat for very long.

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Run it some to get the seafoam in the carbs, but I don't think you need to oil the cyls unless it's long term storage, like a year or more.. Fogging the cylinders applies more to boats that sit 9 months.

I end up at least starting mine at least once a month, if not riding. Already used up my seafoam gas.

Have Seafoam in my oil, but I've been thinking I have one intake valve sticking a little when it's cold.

If you have a wet cell battery, keep it charged or keep it warm. AGM type batts. fare better in storage.

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Sorry, for the stupid question about the chain oil.. I musta been having a flashback about my first bike over 20 years ago.. a Yamaha 650.. nothing worse than making oneself look like an idiot on the internet... thank you for the sea foam advice.. I won't use it..
Don't worry about looking like an idiot here. It just helps you to fit in better with the rest of us. lol

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If your planning on winter storage, i would add seafoam and stabil to a full tank of fresh gas. Run the bike for about 15 mins to get both products into the carbs/lines then top off the tank top prevent rust and you should be good to go.
The seafoam keeps it clean and the stabil will prevent damage due to ethanol.


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