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Methanol as a primary fuel


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 974766 posted 03/06/11 02:47 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Whats everyones thoughts on methanol as a primary fuel?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 974796 posted 03/06/11 05:12 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
For racing or for driving about? Shep ran meth on his last setup and didn't even run an intercooler.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 974808 posted 03/06/11 05:34 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
PITA. I believe strait methanol would eat through your fuel lines and aluminum surfaces if allowed to sit for extended periods of time.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 974812 posted 03/06/11 05:40 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I use straight methanol as a supplement over 92 octane pump gas. I inject it using an Alkycontrol pump through teflon coated lines sprayed through an M10 nozzle in the upper intercooler pipe a few inches before the throttle body. It's held in a foam filled three gallon reservoir in the trunk. It interfaces with my Maftpro setup for control.

Works well as I have it setup in my street car. I wouldn't think of using it on its own though, unless it were for a track only car.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 974841 posted 03/06/11 07:13 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
primarily race. Im just exploring options to fuel due to c16 being $75-$85 for 5 gallons. As well as c16 being leaded and chewing through o2 sensors/widebands.

Sounds like using meth as an injection works well, im just trying to use one fuel....just for simplicity sake. although it sounds like a good setup you've got


Edited by Trnr (03/06/11 07:15 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 974902 posted 03/06/11 09:57 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
You'll need a massive fuel system to make big power with methanol. Stoichiometric AFR is 6.4:1.

I think ethanol (e98) is the best replacement for race gas in a race car. It's cheaper, doesn't require as much fuel system as methanol (9:1 stoich AFR), is less corrosive than meth, and, from what I've read, makes more power than race gas.

Edit: Here's a link with some info on using alcohol as a primary fuel. Methanol


Edited by BKatter (03/06/11 10:22 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 974904 posted 03/06/11 10:11 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Well I think for you it comes down to what's available... is E85 or E98 in Hawaii?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 975021 posted 03/07/11 01:11 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Thanks for the info BKatter, as far as whats available the car is actually in upstate NY. I'm in the military and have about a year and a half left. Once I get out I'll be going back to NY, and who knows from there. I'm not too sure what kind of fuel they have, I haven't been home since the beginning of '08. I'm just trying to get a plan laid out before I get there, so when I do get back to NY I can get to work. Just to give everyone an idea where I'm headed with the car, Im looking to make 600-650whp. I'm thinking about a 2.3, built head, shep trans/case, 5 lug swap so i can run driveshaft shop axles and driveshaft, 4 bolt rear, standalone etc. etc. I'd like to use the "smallest" turbo possible in case I do any street driving.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 975040 posted 03/07/11 02:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
E85 all day

It's pretty available in NY now... starting to get more popular



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