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Old 12-01-2002, 04:26 PM
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Anyone know where I can find Methyl-tertiary-butyl-ether (MTBE). The reason I am looking for it is because I read about making your own octane booster and I am wanting to try and make some. I could use Xylene but MTBE is supposed to work better, but the only thing I can find on-line is articles on MTBE being in water. Anything could help.

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Old 12-01-2002, 06:50 PM
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MTBE is a banned substance in Canada, it causes birth defects among other nasty side effects. I doubt you will be able to buy any quantity that will be useful to you, lab grade might be all you can get$$$$$$.
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Old 12-01-2002, 08:02 PM
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you won't get that stuff unless you have the papers and the green to buy it. It as well as many other chemicals are controlled substances (here anyway)

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Last I remember, it ain't used to cook dope, so it must be some nasty stuff to be restricted.
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I guess the "meth" part in Methyl should have gave it away..Ok, soooooooooo should Xylene from Sherwin williams work ok? This is what I got on-line.I could substitute Xylene for Toluene and get a higher points boost.

100 oz of toluene for octane boost
25 oz of mineral spirits (cleaning agent)
3 oz of transmission fluid (lubricating agent)

It said that %30 is effective for up to 7 points, but not to go higher!!!!!
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Old 12-01-2002, 09:44 PM
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Try it and see what it says. What about methyl ethyl ketone (MEK)?
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If you wanna boost the octane why not just get some aircraft fuel. Last I knew it was about 108 octane.

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I can make about 5 gallons(would treat 3 tankfulls) for about 10-15 bucks depending on using xylene or tolene. That would raise the octane from 92 to almost 99 or 100. What is methyl ethyl ketone? Work any better? How much? WHere to get? To many questions..........

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they put that stuff in winter blend gas that they sell here in the northeast. lots of people say thats why all the foliage along the highways are brown and dieing
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If I was gunna go throught that trouble I would just buy aviation fuel
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[quote]What is methyl ethyl ketone?<hr></blockquote>

Man, your gonna come up with a bad combo and blow something up. We use MEK to strip paint and clean parts at work. Not only that, your gonna end up burning up the valves in the car if it isn't built to run a high octane. Best bet would be to leave well enough alone.

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What is that saying about the mother of invention? You are really plaing with FIRE. You need to be a chemest and have experience with this stuff before trying to blow yourself up and your car with it. Racing fuel or fuel octain boost isn't that expensive. It has the right mix and will give all the octain you can use. Be mindful of the explosions race cars have with improperly mixed fuels at the track! <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" />

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