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  • Yamaha Ring Free

    My next door neighbor works for my local Chaparral dealer. He told me he uses Yamaha Ring Free in his boat, truck, lawnmower, weed trimmer, chainsaw... Everything he owns with a motor. I picked up a bottle. Havn't used the boat since putting it in the fuel tank; but I put a little in my truck yesterday morning before filling my gas tank. I ran my tank down to 3 gallons. It's a 26 gallon tank. I put 2 or 3 ounces of Ring Free before filling (1 ounce per 10 gallons).

    My truck ran very slightly rough, and rpms seemed slightly higher than usual for the first 1/2 mile. It smoothed out and now runs like it it did when I first got it, maybe better. I got the truck with almost 45,000 miles on it. It's got almost 136,000 now. Looking forward to seeing the effect (if noticable) on my boat. I'm going to start using this stuff on all my motors.

    Just thought I'd share this info. I've tried a lot of "snake oils". This one works great!!!
    Safe and happy boating always!!!,

    Veritas Honus
    1992 Chaparral 2050 SLC: 205HP 4.3L Yamaha I/O
    ShoreLand'r tandem axle trailer
    T/V: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500Sport 5.9L 4X4 Off Road Package Dana 410 rear

    Fear is only a state of mind. Gravity is a fact of life...
    No fall, however high, ever hurt anyone... It's that sudden stop at the end...


  • #2
    Re: Yamaha Ring Free

    I use it in my Yam 2 stroke. I am told it is about the same as seafoam
    A man of constant boat tinkering.

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    • #3
      Re: Yamaha Ring Free

      Ringfree is made for Yamaha by the Oronite Additives Division of Chevron, same folks that make Techron for automotive applications. I believe the Ringfree was developed originally and primarily to prevent carbon build up on the piston rings and grooves in 2 stroke outboard motors, hence the name "Ringfree". I believe Ringfree and Techron are similar but not the same. The Techron may be better for your automotive and other 4 stroke applications. Good Luck!

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      • #4
        Re: Yamaha Ring Free

        Manual for my Yamaha F115 (4-stroke) also calls for use of Ringfree.
        On the water: 2010 Tidewater 1900 Bay Max w/Yamaha F115
        On the land: 2006 Yellowstone 32' class C Motorhome w/Ford V-10
        On the road: 1998 Dodge Durango w/5.2L
        In the wind: 2007 VW New Beetle Convertible (wife's car)

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        • #5
          Re: Yamaha Ring Free

          I use it in my 2 stroke Yami....excellant stuff to use.

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          • #6
            Re: Yamaha Ring Free

            I use it in my Yamaha Snowmobile. Can't really say if it's the greatest thing since sliced bread or snake oil. I will tell you it's not the same as Seafoam. Seafoam is very low viscosity - like water. Ring Free is more like syrup consistency. As for chemical make up, I couldn't tell you.
            Jon Hunter
            Marion, NY

            2006 Procraft 200 Combo with Merc 200 Opti
            2007 Homemade Duck Boat with Merc 39

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            • #7
              Re: Yamaha Ring Free

              The Ringfree is called an Amine, while most other products according to:Marine Fuel Additives, are Petroleum Naphtha, Mineral Spirits(Stoddard Solvent/Paint Thinner), Isopropyl Alcohol, Petroleum Distillates(???), who knows what else? The Ringfree, Seafoam and Stabil have been around a good while and are all pretty well proven and accepted. I've use Ringfree and Stabil in my 1999 Yamaha 90HP 2 stroke since it was new, never any problems at all. So far, so good!

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              • #8
                Re: Yamaha Ring Free

                As long as I can remember there have been additives to throw in your gas tank and crankcase. WINNS FRICTION PROOFING, MARVEL MYSTERY OIL, STP products. Do they work? Who knows, the MFG says so. Naturally if a mfg. has a product with their name on it, fomoco, mopar, gm, they are going to recommend you use it just like YAMAHA.
                For years now I have been using YAMAHA RING FREE in my 50 MERC 2 stroke. I have no idea if it makes a difference but I do get that warm, fuzzy feeling that I am doing something special and the motor will not quit. Also have a F 115 that I see no point in using any additives in. Millions of 4 strokes have been running the roads for years with pump gas and oil changes, same thing that goes into my 4 stroke O/B.
                Allow me to add that unless things have changed, you are not allowed to use any additives in aircraft piston engines. That is where reliability and wear are somewhat important. regards FRED

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                • #9
                  Re: Yamaha Ring Free

                  I've used Seafoam in the truck several times. It works well, but not as well as Lucas Gas Conditioner, and nothing like Yamaha Ring Free. Of course, different additives will work differently for different engines, under different conditions; but for now, at least, I'm stoked about Ring Free!!!

                  Robert, I've used Techron for years. It works well, very well. I've never had anything, including Techron and Lucas, have such a positive effect on an engine.

                  Thank you for your responses. It's great to hear from others with good experiences with this product.
                  Safe and happy boating always!!!,

                  Veritas Honus
                  1992 Chaparral 2050 SLC: 205HP 4.3L Yamaha I/O
                  ShoreLand'r tandem axle trailer
                  T/V: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500Sport 5.9L 4X4 Off Road Package Dana 410 rear

                  Fear is only a state of mind. Gravity is a fact of life...
                  No fall, however high, ever hurt anyone... It's that sudden stop at the end...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Yamaha Ring Free

                    I have used "engine restorer", the silver can at the auto parts store, many times in old tired engines.... often it has made a HUGE difference..... Many years ago I had an old chevy celebrity with a 2.8 that topped out at 65 mph and got about 15 mpg.... changed plugs and wires and gained very little.... about a month later I added the engine restorer and within a couple days it was able to hit 90 plus and over the next couple tanks fuel mileage went to about 30 mpg....

                    Lucas has worked wonders on old diesels for me and seafoam is great stuff

                    I'll add ringfree to my list.... lucas, seafoam, stabil, engine restorer, ringfree
                    Kevin

                    But, where are the reevets?
                    1981 Wellcraft V-20 CC Fisherman (FREE BOAT)
                    1989 Wellcraft Monte Carlo 28(Build thread here)
                    1992 Hotsports Jet'n'Cat Yam 701 WR3 drivetrain "SS George Washington"
                    90's Yamaha WRIII and a pair of 95 Kawasaki ZXI-900's
                    Fresh clean cheap oil is better then old dirty expensive oil any day
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                    • #11
                      Re: Yamaha Ring Free

                      Although I don't know this for sure, I have heard that one of the branded OB oils, maybe merc? has an additive similar to ringfree already in it.
                      A man of constant boat tinkering.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Yamaha Ring Free

                        Originally posted by smokeonthewater View Post
                        I have used "engine restorer", the silver can at the auto parts store, many times in old tired engines.... often it has made a HUGE difference..... Many years ago I had an old chevy celebrity with a 2.8 that topped out at 65 mph and got about 15 mpg.... changed plugs and wires and gained very little.... about a month later I added the engine restorer and within a couple days it was able to hit 90 plus and over the next couple tanks fuel mileage went to about 30 mpg....

                        Lucas has worked wonders on old diesels for me and seafoam is great stuff

                        I'll add ringfree to my list.... lucas, seafoam, stabil, engine restorer, ringfree
                        I've used Engine restore myself. I agree. Great stuff. Didn't get nearly the results you got, but my engine obviously didn't have the same level of issues.

                        You've got a great list there!!! When you try Ring Free, please let us know whether or not it moves up in your list...
                        Safe and happy boating always!!!,

                        Veritas Honus
                        1992 Chaparral 2050 SLC: 205HP 4.3L Yamaha I/O
                        ShoreLand'r tandem axle trailer
                        T/V: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500Sport 5.9L 4X4 Off Road Package Dana 410 rear

                        Fear is only a state of mind. Gravity is a fact of life...
                        No fall, however high, ever hurt anyone... It's that sudden stop at the end...

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                        • #13
                          Re: Yamaha Ring Free

                          The problem with Ringfree in an outboard motor is that if it worked then there is no carbon in the motor...but maybe there wouldn't have been any without using it?...so we'll never know...I prefer not to roll the dice with my motor, so I'll just keep using it. Good Luck!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Yamaha Ring Free

                            Originally posted by pine island fred View Post
                            As long as I can remember there have been additives to throw in your gas tank and crankcase. WINNS FRICTION PROOFING, MARVEL MYSTERY OIL, STP products. Do they work? Who knows, the MFG says so. Naturally if a mfg. has a product with their name on it, fomoco, mopar, gm, they are going to recommend you use it just like YAMAHA.
                            For years now I have been using YAMAHA RING FREE in my 50 MERC 2 stroke. I have no idea if it makes a difference but I do get that warm, fuzzy feeling that I am doing something special and the motor will not quit. Also have a F 115 that I see no point in using any additives in. Millions of 4 strokes have been running the roads for years with pump gas and oil changes, same thing that goes into my 4 stroke O/B.
                            Allow me to add that unless things have changed, you are not allowed to use any additives in aircraft piston engines. That is where reliability and wear are somewhat important. regards FRED
                            Winn's, now there's one I havn't heard about in a long time. Good stuff from what I remember.

                            Good point about aircraft regs. Didn't know that. I've been told by more than one Dodge mechanic, just put what the manufacturer recomends in your Dodge. Dodge doesn't recomend any additives. When an additive improves performance, though... It seems to make sense. I'm no mechanic, though. I don't really know whether it's making an improvement or masking something. I will continue to use it, though. My boat's almost twenty years old. She purrs like a kitten and screams like an eagle!!! I've never used Ring Free or any additive other than Marine Stabil. I just put some in the tank the day before yesterday. I don't anticipate being able to notice a difference in performance. I'll certainly keep you posted, though. Probably won't take the boat out again until the St Augustine get together in June. I'm working some pretty insane hours lately.

                            Originally posted by robert graham View Post
                            The problem with Ringfree in an outboard motor is that if it worked then there is no carbon in the motor...but maybe there wouldn't have been any without using it?...so we'll never know...I prefer not to roll the dice with my motor, so I'll just keep using it. Good Luck!
                            Don't see that as a problem...

                            I too, like to take the best possible care of things... Family, vehicle, boat... In that order, too.

                            Oh, and let's not forget the house!!!
                            Safe and happy boating always!!!,

                            Veritas Honus
                            1992 Chaparral 2050 SLC: 205HP 4.3L Yamaha I/O
                            ShoreLand'r tandem axle trailer
                            T/V: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500Sport 5.9L 4X4 Off Road Package Dana 410 rear

                            Fear is only a state of mind. Gravity is a fact of life...
                            No fall, however high, ever hurt anyone... It's that sudden stop at the end...

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                            • #15
                              Re: Yamaha Ring Free

                              I've been hooked!I've used it since 07, previous owner used it on my motor, 4 stroke, and recommended I continue, I just bought a bottle of the new Ring Free Plus, Its synthetic and "Formulated for E10 fuels" and $18.95 for 12 oz.The dealer said they no longer make the old Ring Free and I would'nt need to ad the blue E10 Stabil if I used the new Yamaha R/F.

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