Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Hey guys, the more i hear and find out about E85 ( 85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) fuel, the more it intrigues me. i heard that it is possible to do a conversion. but i was hoping maybe one of you out there were more informed than i was about this. from what i know, u need to make sure u have materials that ethanol (alcohol) wont deteriorate. also it burns at a higher rate than gasoline, so possibly new fuel injectors/ fuel pump needed, along with some kind of mod to the computer so that it will know how to set the fuel/air ratio. there are 2 kits out there called "flextech" and "flextune" and they have word for word copied descriptions of their products, under different names and company names. they claim to run out of brazil blah blah blah, system costs anywhere between 300 - 1000 fuck that, that cant be right. i found it is legal to convert the car, u just need to have the safety of the conversion investigated along with passing an annual emmisions test, but screw that, MN doesnt test anymore and they dont care.
the thing ive found about E85 tho, is that it is much cheaper in MN than everywhere else. we have 203 stations that carry E85 normally, most states dont carry more than 3! and in those states E85 costs more than gas. well shit. today in minnesota, in centerville for anyone local thats interested, 87 octane was 2.809, 89 octane was like 2.939, and 91 was like 3.109 per gallon. BUT, the thing that rele caught my attention, E85 was 2.219 per gallon!!!! holy shit! i did a search around MN and that price is pretty much the same all over. wow.
im too tired to talk more about it, im already rambling
but one more thing, for anyone who doesnt know, usually when people convert to E85 or buy an E85 compatible car, it is a "flexifuel" car or Bi-fuel car. so it can take pure gasoline, pure E85, or a mixture, and it will compensate. so that is what i rele like, use E85 locally, and when i travel, and E85 isnt available, get gas
so basically my main question is if n e one knows more about this fuel. and how easy a mod is, particularly on a 1995 intrepid ES.