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Old 11-12-2012, 11:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What gas to use

I have 3 sleds,
93 xlt 600
94 rxl 650
95 indy 500 liquid
Should I be using premium gas in these?
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If it was required it would say so on a info plate in plain view.
None of those require 93 so it would be a waste of your money to buy it.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Higher octane does nothing to improve performance in an engine that does not require it. Some stations do sell non-ethanol premium though, and the non-ethanol will give you slightly better fuel mileage and stores much better if the sled sits for a while. Premium fuel with ethanol offers no advantages unless you are experiencing detonation.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The only benefits of 93 octane to you would be:

- Higher "starting" octane, so the fuel could be older and still have a high enough octane rating for the sled. Even with fuel treatment, the fuel still degrades and its octane rating drops - it just takes longer with a good treatment. If you're storing or going longer between rides, 93 would be better at the end of a chunk of time (in terms of its octane) than 87. You still need to put fuel treatment in it.

- You *may* be able to get fuel with zero ethanol in it if you buy 93. Find out whether there are stations near you that sell non-ethanol premium or not. If not, don't waste the money.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i personally only run premium gas in my two sleds. i find it runs a little better and cleaner. I get better fuel mileage and it tends to store better. Not many stations actually sell 93 when u r on the trails. Most only have 91 which is almost as good, when i have the chance ill put 93 in it but if not, 91 is good.
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