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PostSubject: Suspect Aussie Fuels?   Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:16 pm

Several months ago a mate with a Renault Megane RS Turbo was having cold start issues ................
It would fire up and instantly stall, several times before you could get it to idle.

Official Renault Australia service bulletin:
Stop using 98 Octane fuel, only use Premium 95. All fixed.

Mates Triumph Street Triple 675R was experiencing same symptoms, replaced plugs, TPS, Stepper motor plus plus ................ no good.
Switched from 98 to 95, all fixed. So he then swapped fuel in his DRZ from 98 to 95 as it was experiencing other burp n fart/stalling symptoms, all fixed.
This weekend the KTM Duke gets the treatment.

So just saying, something's amiss with fuel downunder.


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PostSubject: Re: Suspect Aussie Fuels?   Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:42 pm

My GRiSO runs fine on 98, 95 & 91. Except for that shit we bought at the Emmdale Roadhouse on the SA cabal, I don't recall ever having bad fuel.

Might it be a particular brand's additives?


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PostSubject: Re: Suspect Aussie Fuels?   Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:10 pm

I too have never experienced fuel problems in Aus .....
Have experienced a problem with some fuel in San Fransisco .... bought a Royal Enfield there and got it home to find a fuel issue, but, I suppose the fuel being in the tank for some 20 years may have been the issue .....
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PostSubject: Re: Suspect Aussie Fuels?   Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:06 pm

I Have been warned away from some of the independent outlets and Caltex Woolies co-branded outlets because of the "suspect" fuel - this is by my Hyundai dealer who stated "there is suspect and poor quality fuel in some outlets - avoid them like the plague".

Since then I have only ever used Shell, real caltex, 7Eleven (Mobil) and BP. Not had an issue.
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PostSubject: Re: Suspect Aussie Fuels?   Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:21 pm

I've used Woolies Caltex without issue. Also United 98. The closest servo to me is a United. Pretty much every map I've personally done logging runs for used United 98.


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PostSubject: Re: Suspect Aussie Fuels?   Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:51 pm

FWIW I have been informed that a few of the Duc tuning specialists in Sydney oft recommend 95 OVER 98 to avoid Symptoms Gezzi describes.

United fuel at the start of the Putty road Windsor end.....Never again.


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PostSubject: Re: Suspect Aussie Fuels?   Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:16 pm

Beetle , I didnt know you had fuel problems, but the young lass at the servo was a sight toe see.....
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PostSubject: Re: Suspect Aussie Fuels?   Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:50 pm

Where do they get those girls from at the Emdale Roadhouse? Why would they work there?

Nothing wrong with the fuel there this year. Rod and I fuelled the GRiSO 1100 and the Bella simultaneously over 9000kms on our trip, and made a few observations.

They both ran fine on 91, 95 or 98 octane with no appreciable difference in performance. On the same fuel, the GRiSO was marginally thirstier. But if the Bella ran on 91 and the GRiSO on 98, the Bella used more fuel. We continued to experiment to the point that we discovered that it wasn't worth buying anything other than 98 because the higher mileage per tankful easily justified paying the higher price, and running on 91 was false economy.
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PostSubject: Re: Suspect Aussie Fuels?   Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:42 pm

I suspect they're backpackers. A place like Emmdale probably has trouble keeping young workers.

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PostSubject: Re: Suspect Aussie Fuels?   Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:27 am

Off brand fuels in NJ, Tri-State area frequently get caught selling regular as premium and/or using the stale dregs from the refiner's tanks. I avoid the stuff like the plague.
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