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When I took my safety course and the instructor was putting the bikes away for nearly a week, he had us shut down like normal (which means shutting off the fuel too) and then he ran them until they quit. We are getting to put Chaos away for the winter, add sta-bil etc. So according to the significant other, we're topping off the gas, adding the sta-bil, running it for a few minutes and shutting her down for the season. After shutting off the fuel, should I run it again til it stops, or will it not matter?
 

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The intent behind running it until it stops is to clear the carbs of gas so they won't get gummed up after sitting for an extended period. I think it's a good thing to do.



Alternately, you could simply drain the carb bowls by opening the drain screws.
 

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i dont know what to say but i know if it were me i would run the fuel out of the carbs and fog the engine and put a tender on the battery but thats what i would do but i dont have to do that seeing how this week its in the 70's so i have no worrys about the winter
 

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i dont know what to say but i know if it were me i would run the fuel out of the carbs and fog the engine and put a tender on the battery but thats what i would do but i dont have to do that seeing how this week its in the 70's so i have no worrys about the winter




We're expecting 3-5" of snow tonight, I think the high today was 34



I ended up shutting off the fuel and running it. I'm frozen and the bike was still warm, so I'm putting the cover on tomorrow!!





it's now put away for the winter

*sniffle*
 

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Yeah that dirty weatherman said snow so I packed it away too. I'm not done though. My neighbor being the nice guy he is gave me a controller to his garage and said have at it anytime. It's not big so I scooted my bike into the corner this morning and he saw me as I was finishing up. He just said don't worry because there's tons of room around my bike so I can pull it out and work on it anytime. So when I got home from work I pulled it out from the wall area so now I can walk around it.



If it weren't for work tomorrow depending on the snow I would probably pull it out. Hopefully I can catch some miles sunday.



If the snow gets to be to much I'll got the rest of the way and run the bike till the carbs are dry.
 

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There are as many opinions on this as there are on oil, but this is what I did with mine.  I bought the marine Stabil (blue stuff, not the red) and put that in the full tank and ran it for a bit.  Then I sprayed some fogging oil into the intake as it was running (as per instructions on the bottle) and ran the bike with the fuel off until it quit.  Once it quit I opened the carb drain screws just to make sure there wasn't anything left in them.  For a couple or 3-4 months of storage that's probably enough, but my headers are beat and need a new paint job so I took them off and sprayed fogging oil into the heads and also into the Hbox and ends of the mufflers.  Then I soaked a few old socks in the oil and plugged up the heads and exhaust to keep any critters out while its in the shed.  I might end up just draining the tank and bringing it inside for the season as I might repaint.  Oh, and I changed the oil before I did all this and will probably change it again before I start riding it again.



EDIT: also forgot I removed the battery and put it on a smart charger.  I'm leaving the coolant in over winter and next spring I'll flush the system and put new coolant in.
 

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I'm lucky to have a barn to store the GL in. I just put stabil in the tank then fill it up and ride it home. Remove the battery and bring inside and cover the bike with a sheet. That's all i've ever done since I got it in 2002 and it seems to work ok for me.
 

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I think it would not be a bad idea to disconnect or even remove the battery, check the cells, add water if needed and put it on one of those float chargers. although not going into hibernation, I'm way overdue on battery maint, at least I did buy a gallon of distilled water this week..
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We got about 4 inches of snow last night. Streets are well plowed etc, but as the salt melts the snow, it stays wet and after an entire day of people driving on it, it's all getting slick again. Yeah, I definately thinking I'm done for the winter! I'll have to see if I can load some first snow driving pics later (or tomorrow). BTW- it wasn't me driving. Troy was worried about the road conditions in our area so instead of the usual (for me) driving around and enjoying the snow in my Torrent, he insisted on driving us in the F-350 4x4.
The Torrent could've done it.. LOL..



Still sad about the bike, but I took Gunner to get his picture taken with Santa today! hahaha
 

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What exactly is fogging oil?

Also I've heard that rainwater works just as well as distilled water for batteries... hmm... *melted snow?* *think, think, think*
 

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Fogging oil is a very viscous oil that clings to the cylinder walls for long term rust protection during storing.
 

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Thanks toehead... it's been quite awhile since I've ran my nitro rc cars, but if you let em' sit for more than 3 days they need to have oil in the engine to keep the rust from forming... they call it "after run oil" and charge an arm and leg for an ounce of the stuff. I've used wd-40 in a pinch. Apparently a 50/50 mix of Marvel Mystery Oil and atf fluid is the equivalent. You just put a couple drops in the carb and crank it over a few times.

Same basic principle... just on a smaller scale I guess.



Hey Spring Brook Rider... Have you tried a cup of sugar?... might help.
 
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