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  • Winterization? What winter. I ride all season.

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  • I use fuel stabilizer only.

    2 7.69%
  • I stabilize fuel and fog

    12 46.15%
  • I stabilize fuel, fog, and use antifreeze.

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    Winterization Poll :)

    So, what do you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterDR View Post
    So, what do you do?
    Non-ethanol gasoline, tank full or nearly full. StaBil blue Marine or StaBil 360 full dose (sometimes I double dose).

    Unless the engine oil is still quite fresh (very few running hours), an oil + filter change should also be done at winterization. Less acids and combustion byproducts, contaminants sitting inside the engine all winter.

    Plus all the other good practices, dry and clean the hull inside and out. Battery maintainer, and so on.

    Two SVHO engines (not fully fogged, just a spray into each removed spark plug hole), plus one carb engine stand-up (fogged)

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    Almost 75% of the people, and replying to the poll, in this forum winterize,

    So what does that mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAB View Post
    Almost 75% of the people, and replying to the poll, in this forum winterize,

    So what does that mean?
    Only 13 people have voted in the poll :/

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    What i plan to do this year for my two yama, make sure inside hull is clean and dry, cover with drain caps open for venting? stored outside so keep the seat on under the cover +tarp?, remove plugs and spray fogging in leave out to dry. fill gas tanks with super unleaded as well as marine stabil and startron ethanol stabilizer. flush ski w 50/50 antifreeze. am i missing anything?

    a friend of mine has dirt bikes and swears its better to drain all fluid and store like that.... i haven't read anywhere else about this


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    Quote Originally Posted by ds10002 View Post
    What i plan to do this year for my two yama, make sure inside hull is clean and dry, cover with drain caps open for venting? stored outside so keep the seat on under the cover +tarp?,

    remove plugs and spray fogging in leave out to dry.

    fill gas tanks with super unleaded as well as marine stabil and startron ethanol stabilizer.

    flush ski w 50/50 antifreeze. am i missing anything?

    a friend of mine has dirt bikes and swears its better to ...
    4-stroke Yamaha watercraft are not like dirt bikes, especially 2-stroke dirt bikes.

    Why use anti-freeze at all? Just blip the throttle firmly a few times to clear most of the water from the exhaust waterbox. Then raise tongue of trailer as high as you can get it. Engine water jacket is self-draining.

    Unleaded fuel? Well, of course it is. Ethanol free, that would be more important. And 91 octane or higher, especially if you have a supercharged engine.

    Leave the spark plugs out after fogging? You did not mean that, correct?

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    It’s really unreal as to how much misinformation there is out there in regards to this topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterDR View Post
    ... misinformation ...
    is a growth industry.

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    I'm in winterizing mode here at my shop. I use a 2psi air inflator with various adapters I have made up to push water from the cooling system. Then I funnel in some pink rv antifreeze. Then I pump that through with the inflator. I use Lucas Safeguard fuel treatment. I fire off the engine and let it idle 10- 15 seconds then blip throttle a couple times. Then I spray fogging oil into the intake causing the engine to stall out or at least stumble and load up and pull the lanyard. Visual inspection for anything abnormal, shot of lube on throttle lever area, grease driveline if it has a fitting, Unhook battery.......DONE!
    That's basic winterization at my shop. Any oil changes or other maintenance would be done first and then winterize.

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    Ad I would say that’s a great approach. The question I ask is...is it all really needed?

    Fuel treatment is a must. Getting water out....a must. Fogging and AF? Maybe not so much...but it Certainly can’t hurt.

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