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    Ethanol vs. non ethanol

    Any preference and does it make a difference? A local mini mart is offerering non-ethanol regular unleaded but it's quite costly. We were advised to use it in our riding mower because it doesn't run as hot.

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    Non if you can get it.

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    My owners manual said my vxr is built to take 10% ethanol

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    Non ethanol is the way I go.

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    Give you an idea at the difference, I have a 2002 Honda Accord I drive as my beater.....with NON ethanol gas, I get about 350 miles to a tank...with 10% ethanol gas I get right at 300 miles to a tank....I go out of the way to get NON ethanol gas for cars,trucks, skis and boats...........

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    I've heard smaller motors are more affected by ethanol. Reasons were lack of use and the ethanol gas getting old, carb buildup, fuel line degradation, etc...

    Like it's been said, go with non if you can. That is unless you are tuning especially for ethanol (which I know nothing about)...

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    ive been running E10 in my fzs for a while know with no probelms and it runs faster on the gps with it........

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    I can see how it would be faster, since it would run leaner, which isn't a bad thing on a stockish ski.

    Ethanol runs cooler than gas btw.

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    I ran ethanol on both of my 06 FX's (120hrs & 140hrs) until I sold them and did not have a single problem with the gas, fuel lines, or engine. I contribute that to running the ski a few times a month - but then again, I'm able to go out during winter here in FL.

    I could see a problem with the members skis on here who live up north and have to put their ski's away for several months. A motor is a motor is a motor - I personally do not believe ethanol is the main culprit half the time, but having the ski sit for months is. It's like every watercraft - if you fail to use it, it will breakdown.

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    We just had a big discussion on this a few weeks ago ---->

    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=176519

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