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    Winterizing engines

    This is what I do to my engines when winter hits. Mower, genny, weed eater, power washer, motorcycles, boat engines, any engine that will not be used for 4mo+. Do you do anything different? do you recommend changing any of this?

    1) Replace fuel
    - Get fresh fuel, add stabilizer at storage dose
    - Pump out old fuel, replace with new fuel + stabilizer, fill less than 1/4th (?)
    - Run engine until reach operating temp and stop
    Q: on carburated engines, I run until all fuel is consumed and store with dry carbs and dry tank. Is this better than leaving stabilized fuel?

    2) Change oil + filter

    3) Change/clean(K&N) air filter

    4) Fog engine
    - Disconnect spark plug/disable ignition
    - Squirt Sea Foam in airbox while cranking
    - Reconnect spark plug/ignition

    5) Store

    I read some people mix fuel and 2T oil and run their injected engines until they smoke/sputters. Is this really worth it?
    - Mario

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    I've always used a full tank during storage to reduce condensation and thus water in the tank. Even more important if your garage is like mine - it's not heated per se but stays a lot warmer than outside since its in the basement. Going in and out during the winter or leaving the garage doors open for extra light while working will cause condensation from the rapid temp changes.

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    Step 1, winterize the mower, weed eater, and other yard tools.

    Step 2, man up and ride the motorcycles all winter, problem solved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Railing View Post
    Step 1, winterize the mower, weed eater, and other yard tools.

    Step 2, man up and ride the motorcycles all winter, problem solved.
    This is more like it! Don't be a puss!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Railing View Post
    Step 1, winterize the mower, weed eater, and other yard tools.

    Step 2, man up and ride the motorcycles all winter, problem solved.
    what he said.
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    Yeah no shit... Winterize a motorcycle????? who does that, I ride!


    Quote Originally Posted by Railing View Post
    Step 1, winterize the mower, weed eater, and other yard tools.

    Step 2, man up and ride the motorcycles all winter, problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneg808 View Post
    Yeah no shit... Winterize a motorcycle????? who does that, I ride!
    Probably the most underrated thing to do is check the tire pressure & ride when u can.
    Last edited by B-Rad; 11-03-2017 at 10:04 AM.

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    Store with full tanks with a little fuel stabilizer. I wait to change oil in the spring. I like to keep the tires off the ground and inflate them to 40-50psi.

    Our winters are pretty mild and my bikes don't usually set for more then a couple months.

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    I plan to ride the triple and WR all winter long, but track is going to sleep till next track day. I might put the WR to sleep too, offroading sucks in winter.

    What about storing dry? do you see any problems with having dry carbs and tanks?

    I understand the condensation problem with half tanks, but what if I suck and discard the gas before riding in early spring?
    - Mario

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    In the past on my carbed bikes I would fill the tank, shut off the petcock a few blocks from home and run until she dies from lack of fuel. Then I'd drop the float bowls and toss the gas remaining in the carbs. Come spring, I'd just turn on the petcock and ride. Never had the need to throw away the old gas as it stayed fresh enough with a bit of stabilizer.

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