Premium Gas in UZJ100 V-8 motors

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I saw one poster (matt?) recently say he has always used regular unleaded in his V-8 without pinging or apparent damage.

Does anybody else use less than premium unleaded in their V-8? And what "octane" is premium in other parts of the country?

Dallas' smog problems require all of the federal DOE fuel additives that cut back on octane and gas milage. When I travel out of Texas, my milage gets better with every tank!

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Yes, I use regular, 87 octane, 95% of the time and have had no problems from running it. The car has 59,000 miles and no engine mods. The 87, 89, 91 looks right for Houston ratings. I think I have seen a 93 super premium somewhere. I also drive my engine hard. :D


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Most newer engines that require premium have knock sensors that adjust fuel timing depending on conditions, including lower octane. From what I understand this should prevent damage but means the engine won't be at it's full potential.
 

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In some cases (forced induction for example) the computer can not pull the lead out fast enough at a critical time to prevent possible engine damage. Exercise caution accordingly.........
 
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I used to run regular on my 99 all the time. Never had any problems. The mileage may have been lest then optimum. I start running premium after I installed 35” tires. A lame attempt to get some mileage back.
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Isn't all gasoline now unleaded? (regular unleaded 87 oct, 89 oct, and 91 oct super unleaded)
 
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Yes all gasoline is now unleaded but octane varies. &nbsp:Down here in Texas its generally 87, 89, 93. If you travel north into Okie country 91 seems to be the norm for premium/super and as you head over to Colorado the octane continues to decrease as the elevation increases.
 

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as you head over to Colorado the octane continues to decrease as the elevation increases.

Why is that?

A few years ago outside of Denver I rented a little Rodeo, they filled with 85 octane before I hit the road. That thing knocked like mad everytime I climbed a hill.
 

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the higher the altitude, the lower the octane required to prevent detonation.
 

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The hotter the temperature the higher the octane needed. The drier the air the higher the octane needed. $.02 worth.
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Ah, yes..

Some air is VERY wet, right Bill? :D
 
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Bill,

Far be it from me to challenge you as I know absolutely nothing about this subject. However, I am curious.

We live at a high altitude (over 5,000') and our fuel is of the "lower octane" varieties. I think 87/89/91 is typical.

>> The hotter the temperature the higher the octane needed. <<

Our spring/summer temps are frequently in the 90's and sometimes over 100 in July/Aug.

>> The drier the air the higher the octane needed. <<

Summer humidity is frequently under 10% and almost always under 20%. A 50% humidity day is very rare. I lived in Houston where anything under 90% was considered "dry air."

Could it be that the air up here is "thinner", producing less HP, and less heat during burning? Therefore needing less octane to avoid detonation?

I really don't know... this is a question.
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In high-altitude areas such as the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S., the (R+M)/2 number may be lower by one or two numbers.

That article just confused me because of the inconsistancies. Why do they reduce the octane in high-altitude areas and then tell us that temp and low humidity increases the need for higher octane.

I think a federal investigation is in order. -H-, are you up to it? Think class action lawsuit. We're paying for octane that we're not getting and, according to the Chevron article, we need the higher octane! You could be a billionaire RSN.

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I vote that we just let -H- sort it all out and be sure he includes us in the class action suit.

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My v10 Ford owner's manual suggests you not use 85 octane gas even at higher elevations where it is typically sold as 'regular'. I've never seen a manual make that distinction. I did anyway, and while towing up a long grade at elevation this past weekend, I got the faintest tinkle of spark knock. I assume the computer may not be able to adjust out the knock with this gas. Having said that, I plan to continue buying 85 octane as usual.
 

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