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Why Seafoam? Any other good additives?

I'm wondering, why is Seafoam more recommended than anything else for our bikes?

I just read that someone uses Chevron Techron and highly recommends it. I think I should probably run some kind of cleaner additive through my bike, but Seafoam is pretty hard to find around me (Long Island). I can can Chevron Techron anywhere, though.

I had thought I read something once about other additives being bad for the plastic parts in the fuel system, but Seafoam is safe. Is this true?
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Re: Why Seafoam? Any other good additives?

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I'm wondering, why is Seafoam more recommended than anything else for our bikes?

I just read that someone uses Chevron Techron and highly recommends it. I think I should probably run some kind of cleaner additive through my bike, but Seafoam is pretty hard to find around me (Long Island). I can can Chevron Techron anywhere, though.

I had thought I read something once about other additives being bad for the plastic parts in the fuel system, but Seafoam is safe. Is this true?
It's used so much because it works. High usage of SeaFoam by many who use it in cars, trucks, boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws, weedeaters, motorcycles, is testimony people see good results. I could tell you several stories about how well it works but one that comes to mind is when I had told a friend about it a year ago. He had purchased a brand new Honda Metroplotin scooter to ride to and from work in the small town he lives in. After riding it for some time and clocking about 1800 miles on it...it began to run poorly. He took it in to the Honda dealer (twice) as it was loosing power and when he would start from a stop light he was having to push with his feet to get it going. The mechanic could find nothing wrong with it. He said it got worse so he went and bought some SeaFoam and added it to the fuel. He rode about 5 miles and said it gained about 1/2 of it's power back and after 10 miles more it was running like the day he bought it. I have similar stories like this but you get the idea. And no...I do not work for them but wish I got a price break for all the times I have mentioned it.
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Re: Why Seafoam? Any other good additives?

I am not familiar with Seafoam. What does it actually do that is so beneficial?What is the technical basis for using it?
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I am not familiar with Seafoam. What does it actually do that is so beneficial?What is the technical basis for using it?
It breaks down gum and varnish and stabilizes the fuel system as well as dries out moisture.
I have heard Techron works to but have never tried it.
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http://www.seafoamsales.com/motorTuneUpConsumer.htm

Common Reasons Service Technicians Use SEA FOAM MOTOR TREATMENT

When your vehicle has a rough idle, hesitates, stalls, pings or has an after run problem – this is often due to carbon buildup.
Your service technician can offer a reasonably priced fuel systems cleaning with the use of SEA FOAM products to solve these carbon problems.

When your vehicle’s fuel injectors need cleaning – this is often due to residue left on injectors from poor burning fuels and contaminants.
Your service technician can offer an inline fuel injection cleaning with the use of an injector cleaning machine and SEA FOAM MOTOR TREATMENT. SEA FOAM MOTOR TREATMENT is also added to the fuel to disperse moisture, clean fuel lines and injectors while driving.

When moisture needs to be removed from fuels or an anti gel or de-icer is needed – these conditions are due to condensation in the fuel tank and extreme cold weather creating gas line freeze or diesel fuel gelling.
Your service technician can recommend the use of SEA FOAM MOTOR TREATMENT in the fuel tanks to dry moisture and cure these problems.

When there is moisture detected in the oil – this problem is due mostly to poor ventilation and condensation. Sometimes, however, there is a bad head gasket, cracked head or block that must be replaced.
Your service technician will diagnose the problem and recommend the repairs. As part of the diagnostics, a SEA FOAM MOTOR TREATMENT can be used in the oil crankcase to cure the moisture problems. A SEA FOAM MOTOR TREATMENT can also be used in the oil crankcase after repairs to make sure moisture is eliminated.

When valve lifter noise is apparent or piston rings seem to be sticking – this is often due to dirty and gummed up oil passages, varnished lifters and buildup of gum, varnish and carbon in the piston ring areas.
Your service technician can offer a SEA FOAM MOTOR TREATMENT that will clean sticky lifters and free sticky rings. By doing this treatment you will be able to determine if there is a varnish problem or a mechanical problem.

To help pass emissions tests – high emission numbers are usually caused by extreme carbon build up, dirty emission control items such as: pcv valve, egr valve, oxygen sensors or bad spark plugs and wires.
Your service technician can provide a pre-emission test service that includes SEA FOAM MOTOR TREATMENT as a cleaning agent to help pass emissions tests.

When fuel stabilization and engine fogging is needed – fuels of today become stale in less than thirty days. Therefore, stabilization and engine fogging are needed when vehicles, lawnmowers, snow blowers, outboard motors, chainsaws, motorcycles, gas in cans and engines are put into storage.
Your service technician can provide fuel stabilization and engine fogging services with SEA FOAM MOTOR TREATMENT.

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Re: Why Seafoam? Any other good additives?

I have no idea why it works, but it does. I bought my '01 last month and it came with several small problems. Rode rough, stalled etc... One of the recommendations was seafoam and I swear, I could tell within a few miles the stuff was working. Two applications (1 can) and my bike runs as smooth as can be. I went from extremely frustrated to thrilled and loving this bike.

If you're having a minor problem now, I'd say order some since so many people on this board have had such good luck. If not, then I'd try the Chevron.
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Re: Why Seafoam? Any other good additives?

Cool, sounds good then. Thanks for the replies. Anyone know where I can buy it on the net??
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Somebody has to have it local, arround here Napa and advanced auto carry it as well as the local Kaw shop, get out the yellow pages.
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My Kawasaki dealer has it. Thanks for the info about Seafoam.

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Re: Why Seafoam? Any other good additives?

No good, I've already looked around here for it. People look at me like I have a third eye.
I'll try a couple more Pep Boys on the Island and see if I get a hit.

Thanks for the info.
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