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Are you planning a long ride in excess of 100 miles? Do you want the security and pice of mind that comes from an external gas can? If so, look no further, because at Everything Can-Am Offroad, we’ve got the best Can-Am Maverick Fuel Packs and Mounts so you never run out of gas again. Be it a Kolpin fuel pack, a Rotopax gas can, or even a two-gallon poly gas can secured with a rubber tie-down, bringing along extra fuel when you ride is always smart. And although you should always take precautions when dealing with flammable liquids, the original warnings about gas can fires caused by static discharge were initially issued to those who filled their plastic gas cans in pickups with bed liners. In side-by-sides, gasoline fires due to static sparking and lit cigarettes are rare because many factors have to be just right in order for ignition to occur. That being said, it is still smart to mitigate risks by using secure, high-quality fuel packs like Kolpin gas cans and Rotopax fuel canisters. Using a rubber skid pad in your bed is a good idea because most rubber is nonconducting. You still may build up a static charge, however, so you should always make sure to set your fuel pack or gas can on the ground before opening the cap. That should dissipate the charge, and if you keep the can spout in contact with the machine while pouring, this will also lesson the chances of a static spark turning your UTV into a giant bonfire.
Regardless of whether you’re using a plastic Can-am Maverick fuel pack or a metallic jerry can, the debate over what type of fuel to use is highly contested, with. Many differing opinions about what gas is optimal for the Can-am Maverick. A simple glance in the user manual and you’ll see that it says to use 87 octane — no need for premium. In fact, there's zero benefits to using premium in this engine as it's not a high compression motor, and some people have even experienced starting issues when using premium fuel. In a lot of cases, Can-am Maverick riders are using either fuel of poor quality or premium fuel. Sometimes people think they are going the extra mile to care for their machine by using premium fuel, but on the Maverick engines, premium fuel actually makes them run poorly. With regards to the octane level of the fuel, we all know that octane rating is a fuel’s ability to resist detonation based on compression. If the CR of an engine does not require higher octane, there is zero advantage to running it. Any decent mechanic knows that diesel engines rely on compression-induced ignition to operate — not spark plugs. This is not what you want happening in your high power, high compression, gasoline racing engine, hence the use of higher octane fuel. If your engine is designed to operate on 87 octane rated fuel, the added octane rating will not improve performance. Now running ethanol free fuel that happens to be a higher octane is a different story. You can run ethanol gas in your small engines as long as they do not sit. If there is any chance you'll have a substantial percentage of fuel over 4-6 weeks old at any point, ethanol free fuel or the addition of stabilizers will be in your machines best interest. This is because ethanol can hurt many engines due to the extra water it absorbs, and it's hard on some engine parts as well. So get the right gas stored in the right UTV fuel pack and you’ll be ready for endless fun on your Can-am Maverick!