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Old 12-23-2008, 05:21 PM
RLorange RLorange is offline
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Default Re: The best thing I have ever done for my HT...

That is a good question Bike Guy Joe. I know that when using it in cars a lot of it sticks to the surfaces inside the engine after an oil change so you don't need to add as much after the first go. 2 strokes are obviously different because they constantly consume oil. The stuff is supposed to penetrate the pores of the metal surfaces and sort of bond to it via the attractive charges.

In chemistry you have polar molecules and substances like water which stick together and stick to other polar surfaces or substances, water sticks so well with itself that 'wetters' are needed to soften water so it can wet things better. Oil is non polar and so it disolves in non-polar solvents such as petrol.

Polar really means that the molecule is asymmetrically charged so it has a more negative end and more positive end, oils (and petrol) are large relatively symmetrical and neutral molecules so are non-polar. Anything polar will be attracted to electric charges be it another polar substance or propery charged substance (such as ionic salt) OR a charged surface.

Metal is a conductor so it has an ocean of 'free' electrons which being mobile can be attracted to and build up on any part of its surface. Thus the positive parts of the bi-tron polar oil molecule are attracted and stick to metal. It so happens that friction and heat between metal generates a negative charge build up which will attract the stuff more strongly when and where it is needed. you can imagine how well it would stick inside the pores on a metal surface providing a semi-permanent treatment effect.

So the theory is seems sound to me then agian I am studying chemistry. They state that they treat the oil with Chlorine gas to make it polar. I don't know detail of the theory but I do know that in large hydrocarbon molecules it is possible to strip the hydrogen's off certain carbon atoms to leave a stable positive charge. The Chlorine gas will do this very effectively producing Hydrochloric acid which gasses off leaving positively charged oil.

So there's the theory. Like I mentioned Castrol is doing something similar with their EDGE and MAGNATEC oils. BUT all of the other 'Snake Oil' miracle oil additives used chemical additives of PTFE.

PTFE will not work in an engine for many reasons but mainly because it is almost ANTI-polar is sticks to almost nothing so it will stick around long enough to help much. Also when it breaks down chemically it makes nasty Hydrofluric acid which will eat the HT's soft porus aluminium like a hot knife through butter.

Interestingly with the HT's low quality cast aluminium, there should be more pores in the metal for the oil to fill maybe that's part of the reason it has such a dramatic effect
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