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Old 09-25-2014, 04:08 PM
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Always ran Trinity Monster Horsepower fuel in my Losi truck. Haven't run it in a couple years and when I looked the last time I bought fuel was in 2008 so I don't want to run it for fear it's gone bad. Since Trinity discontinued the MH fuel, what does everybody suggest for a substitute? My only real "won't run" fuels are O'Donnel because the fumes always gave me a headache and Traxxas because it slimes everything up. So........Nitrotane? VP? Sidewinder? Byron? Wildcat? What does everyone suggest?
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Always ran Trinity Monster Horsepower fuel in my Losi truck. Haven't run it in a couple years and when I looked the last time I bought fuel was in 2008 so I don't want to run it for fear it's gone bad. Since Trinity discontinued the MH fuel, what does everybody suggest for a substitute? My only real "won't run" fuels are O'Donnel because the fumes always gave me a headache and Traxxas because it slimes everything up. So........Nitrotane? VP? Sidewinder? Byron? Wildcat? What does everyone suggest?
Dont want to use the old fuel because of its propensity to absorb moisture. O'Donnel no longer makes "O'Donnel" fuel but does have a new fuel called Punch that is pretty good (no longer burns the nostrils and nose like it previously did but that actually changed before he sold off anyways). There are tons of good fuels these days and in reality, you can just pick what is widely available in your area. I liked VP, they make Nitrotane (different spec) and I liked it, really liked Sidewinder, Bryrons has a cult following, Werks is quite popular these days, really, pick a quality manufacturer and run it (they're all very similar in my experience despite the wild claims by some people).
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Wildcats Black Ops Off Road 20% Nitro (12% oil) dyed green is probably the best match to Trinity's Monster Horsepower. Wildcat made Trinity's fuel.
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The O'Donnell brand still exists and still makes fuel, but Steve O'Donnell is no longer associated with it. They still make the original fuel (the one that you don't like), but also have O'Donnell Speed Blend, which was developed completely from the ground up and released a few years ago and it is completely different than the original O'Donnell fuel. I have been running it since its release and never had any issues running the Speed Blend fuel!
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I use VP Powermaster and have had really great success with the fuel. My engine temps are consistent from quart to quart and my engine tunes pretty easily with this fuel and keeps the tune. I am very happy with the oil package of the VP fuel as well. Upon disassembling the engine, the internal parts are all coated with a nice layer of oil. I switched from Byrons fuel and haven't looked back. But that being said, Byrons fuel is also a great fuel to run. I just wanted to try something different and found that I liked VP better. Plus my LHS sells VP so that's another plus.
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Been running Rich's Brew. It seems to be decent enough. Ran Byrons for a while and its ok too. Turns everything orange but it seemed to preform well. Traxxas top fuel performed well but it made an aweful mess. It was sludgy as hell. Ive only run those 3 but ill stick with Rich's. Price and performance make it #1 in my house
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Bones brew will make ya forget about any other fuel...you can order it from bonesmotorsports.com
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Originally Posted by TruggyDude91 View Post
I use VP Powermaster and have had really great success with the fuel. My engine temps are consistent from quart to quart and my engine tunes pretty easily with this fuel and keeps the tune. I am very happy with the oil package of the VP fuel as well. Upon disassembling the engine, the internal parts are all coated with a nice layer of oil. I switched from Byrons fuel and haven't looked back. But that being said, Byrons fuel is also a great fuel to run. I just wanted to try something different and found that I liked VP better. Plus my LHS sells VP so that's another plus.
I have unopened 3 gallons of VP 25% free to anyone who pays the shipping.
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I have used Byrons good fuel. But now I really like VP. Good milage and runs cool.
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Great thread, hope more chime in.
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Bones Brew. That is all...
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Originally Posted by Frank L View Post
I have unopened 3 gallons of VP 25% free to anyone who pays the shipping.
Did you have bad luck with the VP fuel? I have been running it for about 6 months and I never have had an issue with it. I know some guys have had issues with it around here.. mostly seems to be with OS motors though.
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Did you have bad luck with the VP fuel? I have been running it for about 6 months and I never have had an issue with it. I know some guys have had issues with it around here.. mostly seems to be with OS motors though.
Destroyed speed engines, bearings, consistency, and overall garbage inside. Happened pretty fast 2-3 gallons. The oil package in it was the issue an engineer tested random gallons and found that it carried from 5% to 14% oil from one gallon to another. The fuel seemed to run clean and strong until I had an issue and opened an engine up. 1 was salvaged (new bearings, soak on de at alcohol complete cleaning, it looked new inside after and re assembled) and the other junk. I do know many that love it so maybe just my experience.
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Originally Posted by Frank L View Post
Destroyed speed engines, bearings, consistency, and overall garbage inside. Happened pretty fast 2-3 gallons. The oil package in it was the issue an engineer tested random gallons and found that it carried from 5% to 14% oil from one gallon to another. The fuel seemed to run clean and strong until I had an issue and opened an engine up. 1 was salvaged (new bearings, soak on de at alcohol complete cleaning, it looked new inside after and re assembled) and the other junk. I do know many that love it so maybe just my experience.
have you try to contact vp powermaster about their product ? I am sure they will help you .
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VP had problems early on with inconsistent oil blends in the nitro, but that has been fixed. Lots of guys in my area are sponsored/use VP with no problems. VP just released a new "pro" fuel that will be available soon. Supposed to be a different oil package and is clear in color as opposed to the "blue" fuel right now.
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