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What would it take????

What would it take to be able to run E85 in a carburated engine? I just filled our Explorer up with E85 and began to think.....Ethanol is like 108 octane or so, my little Ranger loves higher octane fuel. It pings less and runs a little smoother. Until I can get around to put my 4D55T diesel in my Ranger I would like to burn Ethanol in it and give my back to the American Farmer. I would like to keep from giving those people over-sea's as much money as possible. I think someone told me once that the fuel lines and o-rings that they use in a regular gasoline setup is to weak, as Ethanol is more corrosive on rubber and other materials. Im sure I would have to retard the ignition timing due to the higher octane fuel but i'm not sure about all the technical stuff.....:watchout

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Seriously....nobody knows......

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Your gaskets wiill take a beating! Anything rubber that that fuel touches. Im not sure when, but sometime a while ago, vehicles were built to accept 10 percent ethanol..

I just got my E85 F150. It adjusts timing to the mount of ethanol that is run... So will you lose perfomance with ethanol? I cant answer that....Im not so sure you did a smart thing or not...

This might help
http://www.e85fuel.com/e85101/faqs/conversion.php

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http://www.e85fuel.com/index.php
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So will you lose perfomance with ethanol? I cant answer that....Im not so sure you did a smart thing or not...
Our Explorer runs 10 times better!!! Idles smoother and throttle response is better. MPG wise, its still getting the same on the message center, and it is within 1-3 tenths of a gallon....

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Well, I hope tat site helped. My truck, built for E85, gets about 20% worse fuel milage on E85 than normal gas. I have not read a ton about it, but I have never read it increases fuel milage, always down by a significant value.
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I think this does a good job answering all your questions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E85
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