Re: Custom Blend Hi-Octane Fuel
It's not about lightening up TopGhia, you annoyed me yesterday because what you wrote was both factually incorrect and offensive because of your sarcasm.
So to clear things up and explain where I see you as being "narrow minded" since you ask why I think you are being narrow minded...
Toluene is already used in ALL commercial blends of fuel varying from 5% to 20%, more so these days since tetra-ethyl lead got wiped out as an octane booster/knock retardent. So obviously it doesn't do harm to an internal combustion motor. Otherwise every car on the road would have a problem.. So your point #3 is not true. You say it will blow-up your motor? How do you think "motor's blow-up" dude? Wanna be more specific than just "blow-up"? Lets get out of kindie shall we?
As to your other two points, nearly all liquid hydrocarbons dissolve plastic, and ALL of them are volatile and combustable and shouldn't be used near a naked flame or a lighted cigarette. OBVIOUSLY. Whether it's standard petrol or otherwise. So what's your point?
It would be a good idea to do a little reasearch yourself or try things out, before you knock stuff and steer people in the wrong direction. This is a tech forum with the aim of helping people with their cars. Your post was unhelpful on all points.
I am happily and safely getting a lot more out of my driving experience at a reduced cost, and so I am keen to share my findings with others that might also benefit. I also have a University degree in Chemistry, so I am not just sprouting off my mouth like you are. I don't post bullshit.
I did a heap of research on this topic, and also ran Toluene in lower percentages several years ago for a long period of time - for over a year. Never had a problem. So have lots and lots of very street wise Hot Rodders that I have spoken to, some with big money spent on their motors. Do you think they would run the risk of motor damage?
You CAN run up to 40% toluene with no harm to your motor or any of the fuel resistant plastics used in your fuel lines, fuel bowls, injector seals etc. It does very slightly increase the amount of carbon deposits and in percentages over 40%, you need a hot ignition for it to be effective.
If you don't need the octane increase then there is no advantage in running it.
Last edited by STROKEXD; 11-16-03 at 05:29 AM.