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Winter storage fuel stabilizer recomendations please.

Hi All,
Unfortunately I'm beginning to plan for winter storage in an unheated garage.
Does anyone have a fuel stabilizer favorite they could share with me?
This is my first BMW so I was looking for some advice as far as how picky they are with any fuel additives.

Also, if the second oil change isn't recommend until 6000 miles, should I change the oil before storing for the winter if i'm only 1200 miles in?

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Personally, I use good old fashioned Stabil - it’s good for ethanol or non-ethanol gasoline & keeps fuel fresh for up to 2 years. I only let fuel sit for 1 year though. I have an emergency gas generator in case of power outages & keep gas on hand & have never had an issue with Stabil. After a year, I dump the gas cans into my vehicle(s) & go get fresh gas for the gas cans.

As far as your oil change, I would change it when it comes OUT of storage.
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I have found that riding year round keeps gas from going bad. LoL
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No preferences on the stabilizer here, been using a few different kinds over the years. I doubt the recipe changes much from brand to brand, besides a different label. (stuff is red and always smells the same)
For the oil, as per manual, yes next recommended is a 6K miles OR 12 months since the last change, whichever comes first, so you'd probably be soon due to change it spring.
+1 on the idea to change it after winter than before - so you start the season with something fresh.
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No preferences on the stabilizer here, been using a few different kinds over the years. I doubt the recipe changes much from brand to brand, besides a different label. (stuff is red and always smells the same)
For the oil, as per manual, yes next recommended is a 6K miles OR 12 months since the last change, whichever comes first, so you'd probably be soon due to change it spring.
+1 on the idea to change it after winter than before - so you start the season with something fresh.
I had thought it best to change it both before and after winter storage....
thought being that all that gunk in the oil will be experiencing some harsh temperature changes for a few months and best not to store used oil in a freezing cold engine....
I admit I am coming from owning vintage Japanese bikes until now.
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I have found that riding year round keeps gas from going bad. LoL
until the salt on the roads corrodes all the metals. Still have a few weeks of riding left thought and I plan to make the best of it.

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Ok if you have the weather for all year riding, me, I need a 3 day forecast for a 1 hour ride !!!!
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I had thought it best to change it both before and after winter storage....
thought being that all that gunk in the oil will be experiencing some harsh temperature changes for a few months and best not to store used oil in a freezing cold engine....
I admit I am coming from owning vintage Japanese bikes until now.
Well, I agree if the bike was currently filled with very old, not mentioning gunky oil, it would be a good idea to change it before storage. But in your case, assuming the 1st service was done it means the current oil is only what, 500 or 600 miles old? I think it would be a waste to drop it. No noticeable benefit in return.
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And while you't are talking about storing it over the winter months, don't forget about keeping the battery charged.


Also move it a bit every couple of weeks if you can so the tires do not get flat spots...
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I'll keep the battery indoors for the winter. Thanks for the advice. I can still get a few more rides in before the darkness settles in.
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