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Hi,

when using higher octane petrol or octane boosters does the 2.0TS engine (156 2.0TS 155BHP)automatically adjust the timing to take advantage of the higher octane or do you need to change something manually.

If the engine can adjust itself, what octane can it adjust upto?

I asked my local Alfa dealer and he said that a higher octane may cause the engine to pink !!! - Last time I ask him anything technical.
 
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dealer talking arse,what a shock!


After 2/3 tankfuls the ECU will adjust and the car is set to run on European petrol anyway,about 98ron.I use Optimax and Millers and its 98.3.The car is much better on it (ie "shyte" and "shovel")
 

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What the f#$k is pink????


Is that a technical term?
 

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Pinking > Detonation seriously not good for your engine, but definately not caused by higher octane fuel. The higher the octane fuel, the more ignition advance you can use and the more power you can get out of your engine. Upto a certain point of course.
 
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So, is it the general opinion of the Alfisti that Optimax is the best petrol to give your engine more power??
Also, I would like to know which octane boosters people use and should they still be added as well as using the Shell Optimax petrol?
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HI KEN:

I USE LIQUI MOLY OCTANE PLUS OR S.T.P., BUT I LIKE MORE THE L. MOLY.
CHEERS
JORGE
 

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I use Nitrous Forula Octane Booster ( www.nitrousformula.co.uk )

It's very potent stuff , i usually use 1/3 of a bottle (it'll add 2 ron) if you use the full bottle (for track days definately) it'll add 6 ron...
OMFG it's great fun!!!


rgrds

J
 
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Ken,

I use Millers Octane plus which will give 99.3 Ron with Opimax.This has been tested by Millers themselves,many others claim ridiculous Rons etc,but Ron is only one measure,Mon,the yank jobby,is another measure and is regarded as the more accurate indicator.Optimax and Millers gives a good Mon,i do'nt know about the others.

Also,Millers give a 15% discount to Alfaowner members.Phone Robin on 01606837558.He is a Millers rep and will get your delivery to you in 2 days.Best to get 2 cases to reduce delivery cost.You can also get bloody good oil,Milers Motorsport CFS 10w40,from him.
 
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So is the conclusion that Optimax is worth the extra money? On my monthly mileage it would add about £25 to my fuel bill, so is it really worth it. I do get on good driving roads every day, would you choose it for a brand new 147 selespeed?
 
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I certainly would! plays havoc with mpg around town,but performance and response noticeably improved with Millers/optimax imo.Its all subjective,but afaic the 147 loves the stuff.
 
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