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Old March 28th, 2004, 05:11 PM
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After reading about this stuff on several forums, Land Rover and other. I think I am going to try it. I will let you know what happens. I will try it on the 130 3.5 V8 twin carb and my 94 Disco with 140k miles on it. It's supposed to smoke alot, I'll see if I can attract the local fire dept. when I do it. Has anyone tried this stuff? From the sounds of other people that have used it it sounds like magic. I have been unable to find any bad press on it. Maybe I'm not lookin hard enough.
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Old March 29th, 2004, 09:54 AM
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Old March 29th, 2004, 11:30 AM
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It,s an engine flush/ oil additive/ gas additive. I had never heard of the stuff until a few days ago. Then saw it mentioned on the Disco web. From what I have read people who use it love it and swear by it. Especially good for erratic idle problems. I did alot of research on it to see what others have said about it. Can't find anything negative. The only negative feed press I found was from people who had not heard of it or had not used it, they where skeptical of it's claims. Do a Google on Sea Foam motor or engine. Lots of info on it. I have not used it yet. I am planning on getting some today and using it tonight. Thought it might be wise to do it under cover of darkness as it is supposed to put out alot of smoke.
The stuff has been around for years and is big in the agriculture equipment and marine circles.

I'll be the guinea pig.
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Old March 29th, 2004, 12:06 PM
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One thing you may want to do is disconnect the exhast before the cats. I have heard that this stuff will foul O2 sensors. Also if you are running it through the engine as a foam detach the MAF as it may harm that also.

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Old March 29th, 2004, 12:35 PM
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I'll try it through my 130 first, no cats. If all goes well I'll try it on the Disco.
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Old March 29th, 2004, 06:39 PM
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Found it at NAPA. $13 for two cans. Now I have to wait for cover of darkness to give it a shot.
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Originally Posted by Lriwater: As you know, most wives don't like Series trucks due to the ride and lack of creature comforts. Girlfriends seem to like those, but some sort of magic happens during the wedding ceremony.
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Old March 30th, 2004, 01:17 AM
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It is done. I did the 130 first. 1/3 in the intake manifold through the power steering vacuum line. Immediate smoke out the tail pipe. 1/3 in the crank case and 1/3 in the fuel tank. Let it sit with the motor off for 10-15 minutes then went out and fumigated the neighborhood for Med Fly's. Smoked bad for 5 minutes.

Next came the Disco. Poured it through the vacuum line between the firewall and the plenum. This caused little smoke but did cause it to idle irratic and stall. Let sit for 10 minutes. Far less smoke with the Disco. BTW put the rest in crank case and fuel tank.

Impressions?

130= Better throttle response and a little better power.

Disco= Much better idle. Used to have erratic idle, now it is dead steady. Much smoother get up and go. we'll see if it lasts.

Overall there is a noticeable difference in performance. Both engines are old and a little tired so that probably contributed to the positive results. Better than any other engine additive I have ever used. Not bad for $6 a can.
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Old March 30th, 2004, 08:31 AM
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Old March 30th, 2004, 10:04 AM
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Used it a few times on my 99 Disco and 95 Defender. Never had any problems with it. My Disco I believe is suffering from the unset of sticky exhaust valves. Seafoam, I have been told will slow down the problem. So far so good.
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Old March 30th, 2004, 10:55 AM
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Used it in the 90, the (very neglected) 89 RRC and the roommate's '96 disco that had valve noise. Made little difference in my 90, made a LOT of difference in the RRC, and the '96 disco that needed head work doesn't need head work anymore. Well worth pissing the neighbors off.
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used it in my 97 d90 st gas only, runs great my truck only has 55k on it -- my brother used in a subaru outback and has had front engine oil leaks dont know if it effected the seals??
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Old November 9th, 2010, 10:32 AM
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Holy ancient thread !
I have used sea foam quite a bit on my 115 Yamaha 2 stroke out board on the Montauk. Always seems to clear the gelled fuel out of the carb bowls.
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A lot of new studies on Seafoam and BG244K going on. It all has to do with Ethanol. These chemicals are basically powerless against Ethanol and the build-ups they produce.

I still use Seafoam about twice a year, though. Amazing how it calms an engine down and smooths it out.
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So do you guys use Seafoam as a proactive maintenance or typically wait until symptoms arise? Other than smoothing out the idle does it seem to have any other significant benefits? I have seen this stuff on the shelf for years but never really bothered to pick up a can and read it much less use it
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Old November 9th, 2010, 11:39 AM
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So do you guys use Seafoam as a proactive maintenance or typically wait until symptoms arise?
It will depend on who you ask. It should be used as a proactive additive. Besides, if you are running synthetic and doing it on a regular basis, you should be fine... Also, Today ALL gasoline have detergents in them. It's just to keep the engine cleaner and of course meet EPA guide lines. http://www.epa.gov/oms/fuels.htm

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Other than smoothing out the idle does it seem to have any other significant benefits?
It designed to clean the engine.

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I have seen this stuff on the shelf for years but never really bothered to pick up a can and read it much less use it
Wait for them to be on sale

I've used this back in the day, when I had the off-board engines and helped with moisture and gunk.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 01:26 PM
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I have been a fan of this stuff for a long time. It is worthy to note that if you run it through the crank case, you should change the oil shortly there after as it will break it down.

It has never happened to me, but I do know of cat problems because they get so hot from buning up all the carbon.

And it is fun as hell to piss the neighbors off with this stuff.
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Doug, you own a Whaler? We have a 15 foot Dauntless. Who said Rover owners have bad taste?
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Doug, you own a Whaler? We have a 15 foot Dauntless. Who said Rover owners have bad taste?
I had a 15' foot Whaler with a 90 HP Yamaha motor... the fun/scariest ride ever...
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Doug, you own a Whaler? We have a 15 foot Dauntless. Who said Rover owners have bad taste?

Yeah I have a 17 Montauk with an Atlantic Towers t-top, with a 115 Yammy its scary fast. 1.7 liters of 2 stroke with big side draft carbs. Big boat is a 31 Bertram Sportfish with twin 300 hp diesels, fighting chair, outriggers etc. with 400nm range.

The Sea Foam is great for cleaning carbs on seldom run small engines. I have been very surprised how it "brings them back".
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