Pre-Mixing On The Go Feb 15, 2010 6:30:32 GMT -5
Post by 90GTVert on Feb 15, 2010 6:30:32 GMT -5
Premixing On The Go
Pre-mixing can be tricky when you are out and not able to fill up from your trusty 5 gallon can. I hate getting to a gas pump and forgetting how much oil I need and making a guess at it (which always ends up being too rich with oil to be safe). I made up a few "Quick Reference" cheat sheets with Paint Shop to avoid this in the future. These are business card sized, so they fit easily in your wallet. You could also print them on sticker paper and stick one under your seat so it's always there.
These images were created with 100pixel resolution and 3.5 x 2 inches. My printer wanted to make them about 4 inches wide and over 2 inches tall at first, so check your print settings unless you have a huge wallet.
Print the one that suits you out onto some thick paper, cut it out, and place it in your wallet. Easy enough. Now you can't forget how much oil to mix in... unless you forget your wallet and then you probably won't have money to buy gas anyway. lol
Of course all of this information will be of no use if you don't have a way of measuring out your two stroke oil. The AMSOil containers that I use are marked per oz and I make a mark at every half ounce as well. If your oil isn't marked well and you can't mark it, you should be able to find a container with oz markings that you can carry along with you. Just make sure that any container you carry is sealed well. I put the small AMSOil bottles in a Ziploc bag as well.
*TIP* When pre-mixing at the pump, directly into your scooter's fuel tank, shaking the scooter as 2T oil is poured in may prevent globs of oil that don't mix. I have had this happen on a few occasions using thick oil and the scooter barely runs and smokes heavily when the oil makes it to the carb. The other issue is that you don't end up with the proper mixture of oil in your fuel and risk starving the engine of lubrication. If you shake your scooter, be careful not to tip it over. I get strange looks doing this sometimes, but it's better than experiencing the issues that improper oiling causes.