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Old 05-16-2005, 07:34 PM   #1
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oh god... octane booster

hi there! feel free to make a mockery of me if u desire, but i really am wondeirng about this stuff.... NOT THAT I AM GOING TO GET IT, IM JUST WONDERING IF IT WORKS

it seems like one of those fake things, like a Tornado or a leafblower or soemthign that doesntreally do anything, but what the hell everyone knows im a dumbass so i'll ask anyway

do these octane booster liquids work at all? on the back of the bottle it says "for off raod use only"... now what does that mean... i asked the advance guy (oh god, yes the advance guy, and yes this was at the same time all the intake stuff happened) why it said that, ad he said its b/c it could eat up your cat (catylitic converter i suppose is wut he meant, b/c im sure as hell not puttin that shit near my pet feline)

does it work? does it screw anything up?

also, in the owners manual it says 87 octance gas for meh car.... does that mean i should not put 89 octane or anything like that in it uder any circumstance ?

yes i know im dumb, feel free to make a mockery of me as long as uanswer sum of my fricking sweet questions
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Higher octane rating means that it burns hotter, and cleaner. Higher octane gas is also necessary on high compression/ high boost engines in order to avoid detonation. I would imagine that some of that stuff works, but I have no personal experience. Consider yourself lucky that your car sugguests that you use regular grade, its less expensive and you can run premium when you plan on beating on your car. I run premium in my Turbo all the time. I cannot think of any reason why running higher octane pump gas would ever hurt your car...
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Heres a little push in the right direction http://www.google.com/search?q=octan...utf-8&oe=utf-8
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also, i guess another question would be, if i get the mixture right, would 89 octane gas be the same thing as 87 octane gas with some of the octane booster in it? if so, that could possibly be a cheaper way to get higgher octane gas (dpending on how much ur gonna get)
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Your car is actually designed to run properly on a range of fuel, so increasing the octane for a short term isn't going to damage anything....

But check the manual though...
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I cannot see how spending 5$ for a thing of octane booster for a tank of gas can be cheaper then spending an extra 10 cents a gallon on gas....
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so does this just further add to my other arguemnt about this dude that works at advance who is tryin to tell me that it will eat up my cat??
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lol sweet, u guys should start payin me, really i could make good recomendations like getting that sweet 10 dollar bolt on tip from advance it makes a 25 horsepower difference not to mention the sound! gosh! h and dont forget the sweet led windshieler washer fluidnshooter thins, they are a must for any real car!!!
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Yeah maybe Purenordic is right... have you considered advance as a job opportunity?
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Had a friend that tried the octane booster as a joke...he even went as far as getting the brand from "NOS" haha..it was in good fun...but what do you know...we noticed some difference...very , very slim but some... He used it to recieve the high octane burn every now and then...cleans out the system. I mean, higher octane isnt bad. All I run is premium. So, hey, try it if you want, this test was done on a turbo saab so, you might not get ANY increase whatsoever since youre NA sorry, had to throw th at in there. I wouldnt suggest it as an alternative to buying prem. gas though...thats a lil outrageous. Good luck.
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Ehhh sounds a little sketchy. Not to say you and your friend are lying but are you sure the difference wasn't all in his head? Whenever I buy things always pretend they are good.
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i dunno i think Dan might be here asking all these questions to keep us on our toes..... right dan?
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the only octane booster that i know of that actually truly works is Torco Accelerator. Advance doesnt have it ( ) but you can get it online...for like $15 a can. and a can does a tank of gas more or less.

all the ones that are at advance and the like raise your octane by 2-3 *points* now thats not like from 93 octane up to 95 octane like youd think... thats from 93 octane up to a whopping 93.2 octane .

theyre a joke, and your car wont even benefit from more octane, save your gas money for a turbo

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Actually LL the higher the Octane the cooler the burn. Thats why it works so well with our hot compressed airstreams.

Also too much octane in combustion will decrease performance, since the gasses don't expand as much as they should.

The motronic system wouldn't be able to compensate timing for the higher octane. The only thing I could thing of, is manually adjusting your timing but you will probably need high octane all of the time, and could really mess up your engine.
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I cannot see how spending 5$ for a thing of octane booster for a tank of gas can be cheaper then spending an extra 10 cents a gallon on gas....
the bottles are like $1.37 or seomthign like that......
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thx for the help tho, i figured it wouldnt really do much and thats why i asked...
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Look up the Hot Rod magazine tests for Octane boosters on their motor and you will see that with 87 octane and 104+ booster they made more power than without the booster on 36 degrees timing (on a V- . I can attest that I have seen a car on the dyno that was turbocharged running 89 octane that had the NOS offroad formula added to it and saw a 13HP top end gain on HP. THe NOS brand will run you like 10 bucks so save the money and add it to buying premium gas instead. But if you want to run one thats cool as long as you dont expect miracle results from it you wont get disappointed and you will get a cleaner fuel system since most of them add cleaner additives to the mix.
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