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#11887921 - 10/18/16 07:55 PM Fuel additive
topjimi1972 Offline
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What would be a good fuel additive to run in a 2002 Mercury 225 Optimax?

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#11888377 - 10/19/16 06:13 AM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
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Sea Foam is all you need.
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#11888502 - 10/19/16 07:50 AM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
Tommy Yetts Offline
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Mercury QuickKleen
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#11889004 - 10/19/16 11:43 AM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
topjimi1972 Offline
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Will the QuickKleen also deal with the ethanol?

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#11889945 - 10/19/16 08:43 PM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
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What about good old Fuel Stabil?
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#11892128 - 10/21/16 07:51 AM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
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From BBC forum and Don Weed (Mercury mechanic god)...
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"Mercury Component Cocktail"- for EVERY tank of fuel, whether or not your fuel contains Ethanol: (Chemically, this works much the same as the previously recommended (and now to avoid alcohol content) cocktail, and requires less components.) This is Don's Preferred "Cocktail":

-1oz Mercury QuickCare +
-1oz Mercury QuickLeen
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Per 5 Gallons of Fuel (in EVERY TANK).

In addition to the above, it is acceptable to add 150:1 mix of Premium PLUS in the fuel tank (for OPTIMAX engine models). This has been proven to benefit fuel system components by providing additional lubrication ONLY to the fuel system components (especially the direct injectors- which are often left DRY after engine shutdown).

(If leaving fuel in boat for more than 30 days, be sure to also add Mercury QuickStor).

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#11892145 - 10/21/16 07:58 AM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
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Is the motor premix?

If you premix your fuel oil has a fuel stabilizer built into it. I think the vast majority of fuel problems in boats come from leaking tanks or something similar. All of our boats have had plastic fuel tanks, not built in and we have never once had a fuel problem from 1985 till now.

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#11892173 - 10/21/16 08:08 AM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
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Don't use sea foam it screws up a lot of fuel systems
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#11892256 - 10/21/16 08:51 AM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
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I've always used Seafoam in every gas burning engine I own in both 2 cycle and 4 stroke motors and have never had to deal with ethanol issues. It has never caused me any problems.

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#11892694 - 10/21/16 12:17 PM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
Rick Collis Online   content
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Asa Tommy said, do not use anything but Mercury products in that Opti.
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#11894002 - 10/22/16 10:53 AM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
topjimi1972 Offline
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Thanks everyone for all the info!

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#11894433 - 10/22/16 04:04 PM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
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Edited by LOSTTEXAN (10/28/16 08:01 PM)
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#11895457 - 10/23/16 11:36 AM Re: Fuel additive [Re: topjimi1972]
Gamblinman Offline
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In addition to running the recommended fuel treatments, you should also change all fuel line and components every 2 years or sooner, with ethanol resistant fuel line.

Non ethanol resistant fuel lines decay from the inside out. It can break and separate into pieces internally.
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#11896159 - 10/23/16 08:27 PM Re: Fuel additive [Re: ETxRT]
dustinmoorman Offline
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Registered: 07/18/16
Posts: 134
Loc: Rockwall, Tx
Originally Posted By: ETxRT
From BBC forum and Don Weed (Mercury mechanic god)...
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"Mercury Component Cocktail"- for EVERY tank of fuel, whether or not your fuel contains Ethanol: (Chemically, this works much the same as the previously recommended (and now to avoid alcohol content) cocktail, and requires less components.) This is Don's Preferred "Cocktail":

-1oz Mercury QuickCare +
-1oz Mercury QuickLeen
----------------------------
Per 5 Gallons of Fuel (in EVERY TANK).

In addition to the above, it is acceptable to add 150:1 mix of Premium PLUS in the fuel tank (for OPTIMAX engine models). This has been proven to benefit fuel system components by providing additional lubrication ONLY to the fuel system components (especially the direct injectors- which are often left DRY after engine shutdown).

(If leaving fuel in boat for more than 30 days, be sure to also add Mercury QuickStor).



This is what I do, seems to be working well!
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