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Sea Foam Revisted

Discussion in 'Mini Lounge' started by TRAX and HORNS, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. TRAX and HORNS

    TRAX and HORNS Well-Known Member

    Many of us have been using sea foam for sometime now with very good to good results. Here is a article that I found on a Kawasaki web site. This is for those that might be a little gun shy in using sea foam. Read it ,try it, if it doesnt work, hey it was only 7.00. I am a beliver in it and use it in everything I own. Sometimes you will have so much carbon build up or extremely clogged jets that it will take a tear down to clean it up. Sea Foam will not rebuild the motor or set the valves but it make that little rough idle go away and smooths that engine out. I have had fast results and some not so fast. Sometimes it takes a full can or two.
    Here's the article.
    When we last visited this topic, I managed to tick off most who responded in the thread, and everyone insisted I was wrong. Being the bull headed sort that I am I had decided that Seafoam could not do everything claimed, and had to be just another can of snake oil that managed to sell based on empty promises that could not be proven or disproven. You see I am old enough to remember the thing with Quaker State oil and STP oil treatment. Back in the mid-seventys using both would actually cause engine damage. Both were claiming to quiet noisy lifters, well they did, trouble was when combined in the old engines they made a heavy sludge that would clog oil passages. Follow that with Slick 50 having to stop saying that their product actually did anything, and you can see where I became skeptical of any addative.

    Well with nearly everyone singing the praises of Seafoam, and after being scorched by a couple of you I decided it was time to put up or shut up. I bought a can to test in my bike and my truck.

    Step 1 of the bike test.
    Pull the plugs, the reed valves, and the carbs. With a borrowed Hawkeye bore scope I looked into the combustion chamber of both cylinders, the intake track, and valves, and the exhaust valves and upper end of the exhaust head pipes. Black soot, some slight varnish, and a bit of carbon build up. Kinda suprised me how dirty it really was. To my thinking (before looking) the bike was in as good a shape as it could be.

    Step 2
    Since I had about 1 gallon of gas in the tank I added 1 oz of seafoam (directions say 1 oz per gallon of gas when added to gas in tank) Reassembled and started bike. Rode 2 miles to the local ATM, then 4 miles to the nearest gas station. Shut the bike off, topped off the tank,went home and added 3 more ozs of seafoam and went for a romp along some of my favorite roads.

    Step 3 remove plugs, carbs, and reed valves and look again.

    First things I noticed were while riding. within 15 miles the engine / exhaust note gradually changed. At 26 miles I realized I was not down shifting for some of the low speed hills that had been requiring a downshift to keep the engine smooth. At 45 miles I intentionally did a 6th gear roll on from 20 miles per hour. A bit rough at 20, but between 25 and 30 the engine quit lugging, and pulled smoothly all the way to 70. Closing the throttle resulted in a smooth sounding deceleration. 153 miles later I topped off the tank again gas milage was 59.9987 not bad for how I was riding. Got home let the bike cool off, and pulled the plugs, the reed valves, and the carbs. Hmmmm... clean, all of it. There was normal discoloration, but the soot, the carbon, and the varnish traces were all gone!!!
    "This stuff really does wonders".

    Terry Bearden
    TB Tractors/Trax and Horns Mini Trucks
  2. TenneSuzi

    TenneSuzi New Member

    I've had similar results. First heard of SeaFoam on this site last year. Tried it on my wife's 99 subarua Legacy with 185,000 miles. Introduced SeaFoam through the vacuum lines, got better low end power, lost a pesky check engine light due to clogged EGR valve. Even the tailpipe tip looked cleaner!

    Next up the mini truck, here's a copy from my introduction post:

    Next up was Sea Foaming. I have about a 9% grade on part of my drive. First the truck would barely go up that in 1st gear. Sea Foamed via the vacuum lines and was able to go up in 1st gear no problem. Next Sea Foamed via the fuel line and can now go up in 2nd gear! Big improvement!

    The stuff really does work with no apparent damage done.

  3. Ironraven

    Ironraven Active Member

    Yeah, this is on my list of things to do for my truck... I'm going to wait until spring though, it's too cold for me to want to mess with it now :p
  4. dwlb

    dwlb Member

    I use Seafoam and high test gas in anything that I fill with a gas can ATV's , lawnmower, chainsaw and mini truck. I put Seafoam in gas tank on truck as soon as I got it and father inlaw commented it seemed to run better each time we took it to the woods.
  5. BC_MMC

    BC_MMC Member

    My last trip to Canadian Tire, I saw a display of SeaFoam by the checkouts. They're finally carrying it.
    $11.95 can. That's a lot of 'exchange' on our $1.01 dollar.
  6. fupabox

    fupabox Well-Known Member

    11.95 ??ouch..I got it at my Crappy tire at $8 a can

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