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    Seafoam vs. Star Tron?

    Have you heard about star tron? It’s supposed to be seafoam on steroids. It breaks down ethanol in fuel and treats the fuel same as seafoam. Sold at tractor supply. Anyone using this product? http://mystarbrite.com/startron//con.../7/25/lang,en/
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    I use when my boat sits all winter. I pour a little of that and seafoam in the tanks. Wal-Mart also sells it.
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    I use it everytime I put gas in my boat. That and mercury quick kleen.

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    I use Startron in all of my boats. It's formulated to deal with ethanol problems. Seaform was developed to stop carbon deposits in 2 stroke carburetor engines. Two entirely different issues.
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    Startron is good stuff. It will keep your gas fresh, help with ethanol and help keep the carbon build up down. Use it in the boat and all small gas equipment.



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    Not recommended by Mercury.

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    Seafoam adds more alcohol. Star tron doesn't.

    That's my opinion on the issue.
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    Wrong to use both if they deal with seperate issues??

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    Star Tron covers the main issues with fuel. Carbon buildup, ethanol and storage. You dont need other additives when using Star Tron. It does not have alcohol either, which Seafoam does.

    Mercury doesnt recommend it because if they did...nobody would buy their products.

    Ive been running it for a year in my boat. Cleaner prop barrel was the first thing I noticed when I started using it.

    Run it in my diesel too. Increased the mpgs a little bit. 1-2 mpg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumatrac View Post
    Not recommended by Mercury.
    Can you elaborate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by haveme1 View Post
    Seafoam adds more alcohol. Star tron doesn't.

    That's my opinion on the issue.
    He's right. You don't want to add more alcohol, which Seafoam is. Seafoam WAS great stuff, till the advent of Ethanol. Here's a nice little tidbit, keep this to yourself. I once added Startron to my tank, not knowing I had just added DIESEL Startron to my tank!! As you can imagine, panic set in pretty quickly. I called Startron to try to find out what this was going to do to my engine. To my surprise, the guy said nothing. The diesel formula just adds more enzymes which only increases whatever it is Startron does to protect the engine. Diesel formula is all I use now. Have been for over a year now. No issues to report.


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    I put some in my boats gas tank every time I fill up. No problems what so ever.
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    My Ranger Boats Service Manager advised me to use it along with Quickleen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BucksnBass525 View Post
    Have you heard about star tron? It’s supposed to be seafoam on steroids. It breaks down ethanol in fuel and treats the fuel same as seafoam. Sold at tractor supply. Anyone using this product? Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment - FREQUENT QUESTIONS
    I use the more economical Startron and Yamaha Ring Free cocktail in my Mercury Optimax ProXS. I didn't use the boat for 4 months during the past duck season and haven't had any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone357 View Post
    He's right. You don't want to add more alcohol, which Seafoam is. Seafoam WAS great stuff, till the advent of Ethanol. Here's a nice little tidbit, keep this to yourself. I once added Startron to my tank, not knowing I had just added DIESEL Startron to my tank!! As you can imagine, panic set in pretty quickly. I called Startron to try to find out what this was going to do to my engine. To my surprise, the guy said nothing. The diesel formula just adds more enzymes which only increases whatever it is Startron does to protect the engine. Diesel formula is all I use now. Have been for over a year now. No issues to report.
    Dont tell that secret. Buy the big bottles of the Diesel if you can find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xranger77 View Post
    Mercury doesnt recommend it because if they did...nobody would buy their products.
    Can you elaborate?

    This has been batted around before. Last time I saw it, I actually called Mercury and talked to their technical people. Of course, they recommended their own products first, but also said that if they weren't available, the use of Sea Foam & Stabil were ok. They were specific as to not use Star tron. Best I can offer is if you don't believe it, call them yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumatrac View Post
    Can you elaborate?

    This has been batted around before. Last time I saw it, I actually called Mercury and talked to their technical people. Of course, they recommended their own products first, but also said that if they weren't available, the use of Sea Foam & Stabil were ok. They were specific as to not use Star tron. Best I can offer is if you don't believe it, call them yourself.
    I did while back. They dont give you any real answer other than they havent tested it. Why would Mercury tell people to use the product? It would replace almost every product they sell.

    Its hard for Mercury to refute the Seafoam because they have recommended it, ALONG with their products for years and years. They tell their certified people to recommend it as well.

    If they could make some tests and prove that it ruins your engine or something, Im sure that would have been done by now and the data would be out there.


    I think it was Reagan that said "Trust but verify". Same logic IMO.


    Everyone can believe what they want. I see no reason why people cant do their own research and test products on their own. Im sure guys that run ethanol all the time have much bigger issues to worry about than other people. But there are enough products on the market to combat ethanol now, why not make your own decisions and not make them based on what makes a certain company money?

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    When I called, Merc didn't beat around the bush. There was a Star tron rep/distributor, or something on here that contacted me after I posted what Mercury said. Very nice guy and even offered to send me some to try (I refused as I wasn't after free product). He called Mercury himself and was told the same thing I was. This was before Mercury changed their product to the bottling steps (1-3) that they have now. Do what you want, makes no difference to me. I'm sure the engine manufacture didn't know what they're talking about.

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    No matter what everyone else is saying, there are many many different types of alcohol. Seafoam happens to use some of one type. What I know is that every small engine shop in this are switched from stabil to seafoam when ethanol was added to the gasoline. They have told me seafoam works way better in keeping the gas fresh longer and keeping water from condensing into liquid in the gas tank. I don't know if Star-Tron is any better but both are good products.

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    I have always used Marine Stabil since it came out. I use it with Quickleen in every tank. Use whatever you want. There likely is very little difference as long as you use something to help treat ethanol and to decrease carbon build up. I used to use regular Stabil before they came out with the Marine product. We have had ethanol gasoline here in Indiana for at least 2 decades plus. My dealer is the one who recommended what I use. I trust him. Just be certain you have ethanol resistant fuel lines and primer bulb.

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