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This is a discussion on Winter Storage within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I agree with Steven. Leaving your car parked on the tires for a relatively short period of time (months - ...

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    I agree with Steven. Leaving your car parked on the tires for a relatively short period of time (months - year) is not going to leave flat spots. This is a thing of the past. Tires are a lot different today then they were 30 years ago.

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    I need to get my heater connected in mine. Just need to run a gas line. Already have the heater.
    It's on jackstands.

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    Jacked up, trickle charged, stabil, fresh coolant every other year, fresh wax, air fresheners, parking brake off and covered up.

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    Clean it up good, park it on 2x12x12 boards to get the tires off the cement, car cover. I start it a couple times every month to keep things working well. I don't use stabil start, I add 2 cycle oil to my gas so that keeps it fresh enough and I try to keep it about 1/4 tank before parking it.

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    Of course, I get it all cleaned up and covered up and it goes from being shitty to sunny and in the 70's... Damn you mother nature! I will bet $100 if I get it out the weather will turn back to shit!

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    I'm keeping mine out until the the nasty snow flies. Just can't stand to be without it for to long.

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    I am with you on trying to keep it out as long as possible! We are supposed to have flurries this weekend. I also need to do rear bearings, that was the main reason for the early turn in this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    Mine sits on the garage floor. Tires are the original OEM tires from 2002. No issues. I know, I need to get new ones just from age alone here soon.

    I've also never used any gas stabil. I know some people like it though.

    I simply start it every month and let it run for 20 minutes or so.

    Been doing this since 02 and never had an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMdef9 View Post
    Jacked up, trickle charged, stabil, fresh coolant every other year, fresh wax, air fresheners, parking brake off and covered up.
    Absolutely parking brake off...

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    I would drain the oil and replace it with straight 90W and give it a crank, let the engine run for 30 seconds, and turn it off. The extra thick oil will keep everything coated during storage. When you take the vehicle out of storage drain the oil, and replace with normal weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveC View Post
    I would drain the oil and replace it with straight 90W and give it a crank, let the engine run for 30 seconds, and turn it off. The extra thick oil will keep everything coated during storage. When you take the vehicle out of storage drain the oil, and replace with normal weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveC View Post
    I would drain the oil and replace it with straight 90W and give it a crank, let the engine run for 30 seconds, and turn it off. The extra thick oil will keep everything coated during storage. When you take the vehicle out of storage drain the oil, and replace with normal weight.

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    Honest answer - if you take two identical pieces of steel and dip one in 5W-30 and the other in 90 weight, and then lean them up against something, the oil will shed off both of them. Granted, it might take the 90 weight just a bit longer, but it will shed just like the 5W-30. Remember those oil additive displays at parts stores years ago? They had a system of stacked gears with an external crank. The lowest gear was setting in a shallow oil bath and when you cranked the handle you could see the oil cling to the gears and climb up the stack. Even that thick, gooey additive would shed off the gears and leave them dry after setting overnight on the counter.

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    Bottom line..

    No motor oil on the planet is going to defy gravity.

    Starting and running an engine full of 90w is a bad idea.

    Some Harley engines require 50/50 I would'nt dump that stuff in my automotive engine either.
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    That's one of the reasons I like to start my car every few weeks except for when it's -30 out.

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    I have seen DOD personel do a similar process to multi million dollar F18 aircraft, before having the aircraft go into storage. They fill the aircraft with straight preservation oil (instead of JP4 or 5) run it on AB until white smoke billows out, then shut the engine. The aircraft is then bagged (humidity controlled) and stored.

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