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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-07-2010, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Home brewed Seafoam

Guy on another forum came up with this.

"The ingredients for Seafoam are naphtha (aka white gas, coleman fuel, lighter fluid), isopropanol (aka isopropol alcohol), and pale oil (light oil). For alcohol I use the 91% stuff sold in drug stores. For oil I use Dexron ATF. Usually mix it about 1 qt Coleman fuel, 1 pint alcohol, 1/2 pint ATF. Seems to work just as good as the store bought stuff."

Be aware that most isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) in stores is about 70% alcohol and 30% water, so be sure to get the higher concentration of alcohol. I'm not having any carb problems, so don't have a good way to test this out. But think I'll try mixing up a batch when my current supply of Seafoam runs out.

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Try denatured alcohol also from drug stores - much more pure - or how about some everclear ;-)

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Not familiar with everclear. Does it have an alcohol tax stamp?

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everclear is the closest thing to "shine" that can be legally sold. Yes it has a tax stamp...
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Denatured alcohol has methanol in it. Might not be a good thing to run through an engine. Inhaled or swallowed it's poisonous. Everclear, being 100% ethanol would be fine. Might be expensive though and it's not available in all states.

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I was going to mention that... Methanol is bad for the carbs...
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Well what about isoproponal? Isn't methanol what they add to gas these days? Maybe the alcohol is added to Seafoam to remove moisture in the tank.

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THIS post from a few years ago is somewhat similar.


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Well what about isoproponal? Isn't methanol what they add to gas these days? Maybe the alcohol is added to Seafoam to remove moisture in the tank.
They're adding ethanol to gas to cut emissions.

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Even though the original quote just said Seems to work just as good as the store bought stuff. without letting us know how he determined that.(I guess the bike continued to run after he added it to the gas tank). You could run a little test to compare the home brew with the Seafoam. Put a pea-size amount of tar (or something tar-like) into two jars and add Seafoam to one and the home brew to the other. Let them stand overnight (don't shake) and see if the tar has dissolved the same in each jar (or about the same).

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