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#3109583 - 08/29/13 07:52 PM Re: Engine wear and E85 [Re: HerrStig]
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Registered: 08/26/13
Posts: 113
Loc: DE
dont do it!

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#3211788 - 12/09/13 10:26 PM Re: Engine wear and E85 [Re: friendly_jacek]
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Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 909
Loc: Kellogg, IA
Wow. I feel a lot better using E85 in my 2013 Silverado frequently. Yeah, mpg is not like with gas, but the price differential still makes it more cost effective per mile to use. And you can tell the difference in pep via the seat dyno. E85 definitely puts regular gas to shame on get up and go.
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#3268442 - 02/02/14 08:22 PM Re: Engine wear and E85 [Re: friendly_jacek]
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Registered: 08/24/08
Posts: 3664
Loc: ks, wichita
fine if like being locked to only one fuel. get in the middle of nowhere and only reg gasoline? so what do you with 89 octane in a 11 to 1 C.R. time for MMO.

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#3268607 - 02/02/14 10:39 PM Re: Engine wear and E85 [Re: friendly_jacek]
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Registered: 01/04/08
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Loc: Kellogg, IA
The link to the thread the OP referenced, the guy with the 11:1 CR started out the engine on Premium gasoline for 6 months before going to E85. It would have to be pretty "middle of nowhere" to not be able to get premium. I lived in Delta Junction Alaska for several years. More remote than most folks on this forum will see, and we had Premium available. Bit of a stretch that he would be locked into one fuel.

That is why I like my Flex Fuel Silverado. When combined with a Diablo tuner, I can set the high performance 93 octane tune and use two different fuels, premium and E85. If either was not available, just switch to the 87/89 octane program and can use regular, E10, or E85.
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#3268717 - 02/03/14 02:56 AM Re: Engine wear and E85 [Re: SteveSRT8]
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Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 26103
Loc: a prison island
Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
Very nice. I agree those are some clean pistons.

I guess the camera lacked the resolution to show us the cross hatch. otherwise there should be a deep ridge.


About mid bore on the RHS piston, you can see a "holograph" for want of a better word where the diamon cross hatch is giving a sort of fresnel reflector...but the vertical lines far outweigh that image.

Given that the engine is reputedly turnign 3,600 RPM on the highway, that's a pretty low MEP, which means that the time that the rings are at TDC/BDC, they have lower pressure behind them than one turning (say) 1500RPM and needing twice the torque/MEP per revolution...less impetus for a ridge to be foremed, and less "dwell" with the piston transitioning from hydrodynamic to boundary.

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#3268809 - 02/03/14 07:13 AM Re: Engine wear and E85 [Re: friendly_jacek]
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Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 909
Loc: Kellogg, IA
Came across this one on and engine using E85 for over 100,000 miles. Similar engine wear like the OP, but with a standard daily driver type of vehicle. They noticed no ridge on the cylinder, same as the link from the OP.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuOs1yap8mU
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