I know that converting your standard gasoline-burning into an E85-capable vehicle is possible. I even know people who've done it. But I don't think it's supposed to be easy, and so I get this wary feeling in my gut reading this message from FlexTek. We've warned about FlexTek before, and some readers took our side and some said that converting was a mostly positive experience. So when CarJunky put out a FlexTek release earlier this week, I thought it'd be a good idea to revive the debate on these conversion kits, and see if our readers had any updated personal stories on using them. The FlexTek kits are currently being tested by Minnesota State University, and hopefully the results will come our sooner rather than later so we can settle this. I suppose I should contact the folks in Michigan who are installing these kits and see what they have to say.
The release quotes Bill Smith, president of XcelPlus (American FlexTek seller) that "most cars can be retrofitted in just about an hour or less with this technology that was developed in Brazil." If anyone knows from ethanol, it's the Brazilians, so FlexTek has got that going for them. I'll stand behind our earlier post and embrace the skeptcism for now.