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Speedy Q Lapeer

06 Apr 2018

Posted by #1BigHero6Fan in Michigan E85
Two years after pulling this stunt, I noticed the freeway sign for the Speedy Q in Lapeer had a new, more reflective diesel banner at the bottom of the Speedy Q logo (as opposed to the E85 label).
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FuelFlex International is for sale, after 12 years

31 Mar 2018

Posted by BigGreen in Converting to E85

Was looking for yet another conversion kit and saw that they are selling the business:

 

https://www.fuelflex...l.com/for-sale/

 

'After 12 years in business, Fuel Flex International, the Builder of the only American Made E85 Conversion system has decided to pass the baton to a new owner.'

 

Luckily they have enough 'franchises' like change2e85.com and similar.

 

Greetings!

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Chevy Cruze conversion?

14 Mar 2018

Posted by James48843 in Converting to E85

So here we are in 2018, and it looks like GM has almost completely abandoned E85 as a fuel. 

 

I am now at about 75K on my 2013 Buick turbo Regal, and its time to start thinking about what my next car should be. 

 

I had been hoping to see a Chevy Cruise in E85-  as you may recall, back around 2010, the GM mantra was that 50% or more of cars would be felx-fuel by 2012. 

 

And then everything fell off a cliff. 

 

You may remember we had some discussion about GM saving the cost of an alcohol sensor, and therefore some said that wasn't possible to meet EPA requirements with a stock Cruze- 

 

Has anybody here done a conversion on the 1.4 turbo engine of the Chevy Cruze?     Or tried running E85 in a turbo Cruze? 

Looking for experiences
 

 

thanks

 

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RFA Partners w/ American Chopper

29 Mar 2018

Posted by Fuelinggood in General E85 Discussions

All:

 

In case you missed the news, the RFA partnered with Paul Teutul, Jr of Paul Jr. Designs to promote ethanol in motorcycles. Paul built the RFA a custom motorcycle that was unveiled for filming of American Chopper this past weekend. 

 

American Chopper has a sneak peek out that you can catch on Discovery Channel, and the show will officially return on May 28th. The first motorcycle to be featured will be for the Buffalo Chip Campground, a long partner of the RFA, and will be made to run on E85. The RFA bike will be featured in later episodes, and we expect that to air in late June or early July, and it will also run on E85. Both bikes will be featured with Paul Jr. during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.

 

The image of the motorcycle is embargoed until the show airs, but you can take my word for it that there is no mistaking that this is to promote ethanol and E85. 

 

Stay tuned!

 

Robert

RFA

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iPhone app problems

15 Mar 2018

Posted by James48843 in E85Prices.com Iphone App

Well, I don't know what happened in the update that was issued a few weeks ago, but I am no longer able to use the "submit prices" feature in the iPhone app! 

 

 

When I try to submit, I begin to enter the price, and then, before I can get the period and second digit entered, the whole price entry feature fails and I am unable to report a price. 

 

Is anyone else having the same issue? 


the only way I can report  prices now is to report from an actual laptop computer-  NOT the iphone application. 

 

I am using Iphone 6SE, with the current ip[hone software (11 something), and my e85prices.com applicaiton updated about a month ago. 

 

 

Jim 

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Lean burn on e85?

12 Apr 2012

Posted by HuskerFlex in E85 Tuning Terms and Definitions
I've been thinking about this for some time, but thought I'd ask those of you tuners and builders out there...

If "lean burn" is a no-no these days for gas engines due to increased NOx emissions, and the fact that this burn is too hot, and can damage engine if I'm not mistaken...

Wouldn't the fact that e85 combustion produces less NOx and burns cooler then gasoline counter this?

Could not a dedicated e85 only engine be tuned to burn leaner, increasing mileage and NOT burn too hot or emit too much NOx?

Could they not simply adjust the computer tuning peramiters to run leaner  on e85 then on gas?  Or do they already do this?

I still think that current FFVs could have a LOT more tuning done to them to increase e85 mileage and lessen, if not remove the ethanol penalty for efficiency compared to gas.

I think that this would be a great grant for Growth Energy to fund...

Work with say Ford, and give 10 different land grant universities (probably in the midwest where e85 is more common) the same off the production line FFV.  Give them specific parameters and see who can get the best e85 mileage off the same vehicle...

I think that this would be a much wiser use of GEs money then the millions spent lobbying congress for e15.  Get FFVs to have better mileage so more of them will use e85 ;D

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Tesla Model 3

06 May 2016

Posted by jeepn30 in Electric Vehicles EV

This could be an interesting shift in the electric car paradigm.  Looking at the preorders, the demand is there.  I have followed this company before the Model S even came out.  I am  still amazed that they have brought an electric car to market, despite efforts of big oil and franchise dealers in this country.  I test drove one a couple years ago, and must say the Model S was phenomenal.  I just couldn't justify the price of one.  Upscaling production for the Model 3 will be their biggest test.  They have made good on what they said they were going to do so far (Roadster, Model S, Model X), although they have not made any of their deadlines.  I put my deposit down on one before the online launch on March 31st, as I feel I will be in the market for a car when it finally comes out.  I don't expect to see mine until 2018 or 2019, and I'm fine with that.  Regardless of outcome, this will be their most important car in their company, as it will make or break Tesla in my opinion. 

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Spoofing Engine Coolant Temp Sensor for Better Cold Start?

05 Feb 2018

Posted by Robb235 in General E85 Discussions
I have a 1999 Toyota 4Runner that I've been running E50 on with good results. Looking at my Long Term Fuel Trims, I don't think I can go much past E50. Stock fuel injectors are 245cc, so to make the E85 conversion I have a set of 315cc injectors to swap in that are 29% larger. These larger injectors should offset the higher fuel consumption requirements, and keep the ECU happy.

My concern is cold starting in the winter time. The Toyota ECU is locked, no aftermarket tuning ability with programs like HP Tuners or Hondata like other cars have. I'm concerned that in cold temps, this non-FFV will not not be able to start on E85.

An idea that occurred to me was to intercept the Engine Coolant Temp with a variable resistor (potentiometer), and make it report a colder temperature than what is actually occurring. The thought being that the ECU thinks it's colder than it actually is, and therefore injects more fuel during cranking. The potentiometer could then be zeroed out for normal operation after the engine starts.

Has anyone tried or heard anything like this? I tried searching the forums and Google, but I don't think I was entering in the right search terms.

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CME Group ethanol futures prices

16 Jan 2018

Posted by James48843 in E85 Ethanol Stocks ,Options ,Futures

Ethanol futures prices today-  running around  $1.37 a gallon. 

 

AND- 

the D6  RIN Price is now at $0.65

 

that means it costs about .72 cents a gallon to manufacture Ethanol fuel at the source (plus the 15% of gasoline price), while RBOB gasoline is hovering around $1.90 a gallon right now. 

 

That means more than a buck a gallon price spread is possible right now- or at least a real favorable spread compared to the past. 

 

Fill 'er up! 

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Converting 2002 Tacoma 5vz-fe v6

30 Dec 2011

Posted by airedale in Converting to E85
Hello everyone, I am new to this website, but not e85.  I am however interested if anyone has converted a toyota v6 to E85.  The identification of the engine is a 5vz-fe.  It has been used in a lot of toyotas vehicles.  This is a 3.4l dohc motor with a compression ratio of 9.6:1.  I see a few have converted four cylinder versions, but am interested in the V6.  This motor runs on the hotter side and will have to remove the intake manifold to access the drivers side injector bank.  No problem as i do my own wrenching. 

Sorry about lack of spacing.  I have been up and down this website, but have not been able to find any info regarding the toyota V6s.  I see alot of people have converted their four cylinders with good results regarding mileage. 

My truck is a 4x4 double cab pickup with an auto transmission.  Not looking for a magical mpg pill, but i have read that the toyota motors take well to E85.  Preciate any info.

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