Youth serum: Fuel stabilizer doesn’t
make more power, it just keeps it.
PUMPING PUMP GAS UP
My friends run fuel stabilizer
in their pump gas and say that it
improves performance. Obviously,
this would be the poor man’s version
of race gas if it is true. Is it?
No. Fuel stabilizer is not a hop-up.
Fuel stabilizers do not make horsepower. Fuel stabilizers will not alter
the octane of fuel and will not have
any effect on operating conditions.
In action, you will not even know
that it’s mixed in the gas. Fuel
stabilizer is just an insurance policy
for riders who let gas sit for longer
than five days. It just maintains the
fuel’s original integrity, consistency
On the other hand, fuel stabilizer
does not interfere with the performance of your machine. In truth, if
you don’t ride every week and let
your bike or gas can sit unused,
fuel stabilizer can improve the performance of the gas in your tank.
Adding a small amount of fuel
stabilizer to your gas can help old
fuel maintain its freshness between
rides. The moment that fuel leaves the
gas-station pump, it begins breaking
down and losing power. The use of
a fuel storage stabilizer can greatly
reduce fuel degradation.
A four-stroke has more to gain
from fuel stabilizer than a two-stroke.
Four-strokes don’t have the protection
that comes with the natural anti-cor-
rosive qualities of ester synthetics
and other components that are found
stabilizer ties up the gas molecules in
straight gas and keeps the light ends
Fuel stabilizer is at its best when
your bike sits for long periods of time
(anything over three weeks is a long
time when it comes to gasoline). Here
are some tips on how to best use fuel
(1) You should add fuel stabilizer to
your gas can prior to putting gas in
it. That way the instant you fill your
bike’s gas tank, the fuel stabilizer is
well mixed and ready to maintain the
freshness of your overall supply of
fuel. By adding it immediately, you
prolong the life of fuel from the
second it leaves the gas pump to
the time it combusts.
( 2) Fuel stabilizers work with
leaded, unleaded, oxygenated and
regular gasoline. One of its big pluses
is that it will actually improve the
quality of any ethanol-based fuel (from
a corrosion standpoint).
( 3) Pump gas with ethanol in it is
hygroscopic (and all pump gas has
ethanol in it). Hygroscopic means the
fuel has an affinity for water and
will actually absorb atmospheric
moisture. This moisture causes
corrosion. Although not all fuel
stabilizers will fight this corrosion,
Maxima’s Fuel Storage Stabilizer does.
( 4) Virtually every racer carries his
fuel in a plastic jug. This is not a
problem if you use all the fuel in a
week or two. But, if you don’t ride
every week, you should invest in a
metal gas can. Metal comtainers do
not breathe like plastic gas cans. The
combination of a metal fuel can and
fuel stabilizer can make 5 gallons of
gas last for a year.
( 5) If you intend to store your bike,
fuel stabilizer is a must. The more
humid the environment, like winter
weather, the bigger the benefit. Fuel
stabilizer prolongs fuel freshness
beyond three months but works best
if you plan ahead. Before you put your
bike away for prolonged periods, run
the engine with fuel-stabilized gas for
several minutes. This ensures that
the stabilizer treats the gas tank,
fuel filter, fuel lines, throttle body,
injectors and combustion chamber.
Then, drain the gas tank of all fuel.
The stabilizer that has been run
through the engine will coat all the
internal fuel system parts so that
when you start it for the first time it
will be corrosion- and varnish-free.