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Old 10-14-2016, 08:45 PM   #1
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Homebrew Sea Foam

Hello:

There a lot of talk on Sea Foam here on IRV2, but the price for 1 gallon on sale is right around $50 bucks.

There's a guy on the internet that did his homework and came up with a homebre Sea Foam. Here's the link

Homebrew Sea Foam (SeaFoam) Motor Treatment Recipe

1 gallon Diesel
1/2 gallon VM&P Naphtha
3 bottles of ISO Heet (red bottle)

Total cost aound $26 bucks for 1.75 gallons.

What you all think about the homebre Sea Foam?
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Always fun to brew your own and save money, but I wouldn't buy Sea Foam @ $1.00 a gallon. Just don't need it.
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Sounds like a guessing game with the homebrew. I use seafoam in all my vehicles, in the gas tank and as an oil additive. I have a friend that swears by kerosene, used the same way. Is it really worth the risk? Let us know how your results are.
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Always fun to brew your own and save money, but I wouldn't buy Sea Foam @ $1.00 a gallon. Just don't need it.
Well, after R&R my intake and looking down the head ports is all this carbon. Need something to at least stop the build up.
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"Well, after R&R my intake and looking down the head ports is all this carbon. Need something to at least stop the build up."

I'm with you Leesdx1! I have had serious issues with carbon in the EGR valves in multiple vehicles. Seafoam is my best friend.
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I just throw a few mothballs in the tank before fueling up, adds power to engine also.
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and it keeps the pests out!!

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I've used SeaFoam a lot. I really don't think it is mostly diesel. I carry some around to use with my gennie gas if I think it is ever needed, and it rarely is. There is a bunch of alcohol in it, because it is good at mixing with water, alcohol loves water and helps to get the water mixed throughout the fuel and passed through the system. This is not necessarily a good thing for tiny parts like injectors, but it will get a vehicle running without tearing it apart sometimes. Whatever is in there, it does a pretty good job of what it claims to do.

Put whatever you want in your fuel tank, but make sure you report the results, good or bad, for the rest of us to learn from your valuable experiments.
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I've used sea foam in everything from mowers to my MH. I remember as a kid going with Dad onto the freeway after he added can of Sea Foam in the oil. He put it to the floor and there was so much black smoke come out the tail pipe you couldn't see behind the station wagon. Personally I don't let it get that bad so I put it to the floor to get on the hwy and when "Safe to do so" I also do it in the car.

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Always fun to brew your own and save money, but I wouldn't buy Sea Foam @ $1.00 a gallon. Just don't need it.

I've burned over 17,000 gallons of diesel fuel, (and changed the oil 24 times), in my now 148,427 mile diesel powered coach.
I've never needed, (or used), an ounce of additive.... (in either the fuel or the oil).
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I use it/depend on it as a gasoline stabilizer more than anything else. Used in stuff that sits for 6 months at a time. I'd be pretty interested in the home brew if I thought I could trust it.

IMHO, the topic might be worth revisiting in a few years with many more testimonials available. Not a lot of faith in something that's been run once without blowing up. That's me though, FWIW.
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I've used Sea Foam, but on a limited basis. When you figure out how much it costs per gallon, I've found it much cheaper to use Yamaha RingFree Plus to keep down carbon deposits.

Another great product to put in your diesel is Prolong. I will from time to time suck out oil from the Fuel Filter housing and fill it about 5 times with clean oil--running it for awhile between fillings. The last time, I'll replace a pint of oil with a pint of Prolong, and it really is good for the injectors and the O rings.
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