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Looks the same as Slick50 from 20+ years ago.

Not sure of putting it in a modern engine

In an older style engine built to wider tolerances it's probably OK. I Slick50'd my old Sunbeam T1 many moons ago and that showed a marked improvement in smoother running for the rest of the time I had it.
 

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Changing to a good fully synthetic oil and frequent oil changes will do more good than anything else.

I tried a similar product on my old 1994 Ford Escort, and somehow suspect that it had something to do with my O2 sensor croaking not too long after. Didn't see any difference, either. If you've got a turbo, I'd be even more wary of putting it in.
 

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Sounds similar to ZX1 wonder friction reducing additive. I tried some of this in a 9000 I used to own, and although the claims on the can sounded good, it made NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL to the performance, economy or smoothness.
I'm glad I didn't pay for the stuff - it was given as a 'can't think of anything else you might want' birthday present.
 

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Hi, ive used zx1 on many cars for many years, there is some very good science available to illustrate what it does in the engine or wherever.

I should also add that zx1 is not an additive, its a metal treatment , so it does not affect any oil in any way , it only bonds to hot metal creating a friction reducing barrier etc etc etc.
 

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I agree, the 'science' looked impressive, but it made no difference to the performance or economy of my car. Maybe the engine will last longer, but they don't exactly wear out quickly without extra treatments do they? If you're keeping it forever, then maybe you might want to try it?

Do your 'treated' cars all give 10% more power and use less fuel????????
 

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Hi Sj, well not sure about the 10%
But my thinking is that i would never use an oil additive as modern oils like mobil are supreme and oil-additives can tend to create problems.
But this zx1 stuff is sometimes mistakenly classed as an additive as its obviously added to the engine oil, but it only uses the oil as a vehicle to transport it around the engine to bond to the metal parts. So as it states, it is not an additive, but only a metal treatment.
The science is so convincing to me, so that i always use it , and "assume" that i am getting slightly better mileage and power and longevity of engine parts etc
But i can state that i took a toyota supra up to 245000 miles, and still roaring without a hitch of engine trouble or oil burning.
I also took a v6 alfa up to 140000 miles without a hitch or oil burning. And those 2 vehicles were regularly performed in.
Its so almost impossible to detect little performance increases or even mpg increases as driving styles and subjective interpretations are an ever-changing status.

I would never advise anyone to put anything in their engines but i choose to use it in mine.

Take care, and i agree never use anything your not comfortable with
 

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It sounds like similar stuff to Slick 50. I put some of that in my old Audi 80 quattro years ago and noticed no change in performance or economy. I just thought it was probably increasing engine life, but I will never know, all I can say is the engine didn't sieze while I owned it!

I was going to put some in my 9-3 last year, but did some research, and decided not to.

X-1R states that it is not an oil treatment, it claims to treat the metal. Slick 50 is the same, it claims to coat the surface of the metal with PTFE. In my skeptical view they're much the same thing.

Have you seen this site, it doesn't mention X-1R but paints a dim view of additives generally:
www.chrislonghurst/engineoil_bible.html

Personally I now think its best to just use good engine oil at the specified oil change intervals.

If you try X-1R, could you let us know if you get any tangible improvements?
 

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Well, I might well try it to see if it does make any difference. It will have to be in a few weeks time as I have just had the exhaust manafold re-fitted as it was blowing slightly, which had a slightly detrimental affect on performance and mpg.
 

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Jezmond, heres the zx1 site if you want to chek it out and its made in uk
You can get some good offers on buying it at the qvc shop .
 

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it only bonds to hot metal  [/b]
How hot do you think the metal has to be for any type of reaction to occur. My basic knowledge of metal treatment is the metals in the engine will never get anywhere near the temperatures required to form some sort of bond.
Use good synthetic oil and change regularly will do the job by itself.
If this stuff actually does work I cannot understand why companies which run equipment like generators, turbines etc which cost over £250000 a go don't use it. They do change the oil on a regular basis though and then centriguge the 'dirty' oil and re-use. Biggest problem with oils is the contamination by suspended particles.
 

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I heard that a few of these companies have apparently been done by trading standards for making unrealistic claims of the products they sell.
 

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Wow, ive never met a pessimistic irishman or woman, but you guys are emanating negative vibes
I would tend to agree with you that a lot of these new products are in fact a scam, but you have to judge each one with the science available on its claimed effects.
Im not recommending this product to anyone, but im just recognizing that its a piece of gold in a coalmine.
If you guys can come up with any tests or technical insights to prove it has a negative effect then i will give you full credence levels
Everyone has to be carefull not to be swept up in emotional swells of negativity just because 95 out of 100 products are indeed a rip-off.
Remain vigilant and judge each one on its merits
On the website it says it only requires 60 degrees c to thermally bond.
Take it easy
 
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