Stiction Eliminator vs FR3, what’s the difference?

July 23, 2018

We get asked this question frequently, so we’ve decided to explain the differences between the two engine performance products in depth in this article for your convenience.

What is Stiction Eliminator?

Stiction Eliminator was developed primarily for its cleaning properties, as well as its ability to help prevent any kind of build up inside of an engine, whether it’s dirt, carbon, burnt/gummy engine oil, sludge formation, etc. While Stiction Eliminator does reduce wear more than 60% over its competitors (as verified in 3rd party ASTM tests) we knew we could offer a more powerful friction reducer if we created a product specifically for reducing wear.

For our returning customers, you might remember our previous product, Friction Reducer. While Friction Reducer was a great product, constant researching and testing over the course of two years led to the discovery of new technologies. After finalizing a formula containing three patented technologies, we finally unveiled FR3 to the public at the 2016 SEMA/AAPEX show in Las Vegas, NV. and Friction Reducer has since been discontinued.

What is FR3?

FR3 is an advanced friction reducer, taking 2 years for our team of chemists to fully develop. Our final formula includes three patented lubrication technologies, all of which make it the newest, most advanced friction reducer on the market. FR3’s formula utilizes our patented carbon nano particles which fill in microscopic irregularities on the machined surfaces in an engine (see image below). The carbon nano particles provide an optimal smooth surface for the host oil and FR3 formula to form a superior lubricating film. The synergy of these components extends the host oil’s performance in shear stability, oxidation stability, film strength and wear reduction. An innovative synthetic PAO/ester base offers complete compatibility with all diesel and gasoline engine oils, as well as all conventional, semi synthetic and full synthetic engine oils. FR3 can be used in any viscosity engine oil, and with any OEM full-flow or aftermarket bypass filtration system.


Throughout testing, FR3 was able to reduce wear by an additional 43% when added to Shell Rotella® engine oil at the treatment ratio specified on FR3’s label. This means longer engine life, longer turbo life, increased fuel economy, and increased horsepower and torque as proven in dynamometer testing. Reduced friction offers decreased noise, vibration and a reduction in oil operating temperature. FR3 improves the host oil’s oxidative stability and will help restore lost compression while lowering oil consumption. Proven through testing, FR3 will improve fuel economy up to 5%, enough to completely pay for the cost of a treatment in most vehicles!

FR3 vs. Stiction Eliminator

FR3’s benefits are much more apparent and are maximized when added to an already cleaned engine. A treatment of Stiction Eliminator is recommended initially to immediately reduce friction and most importantly make sure the engine and turbo are clean internally. FR3 should be used in the following two oil changes, with another treatment of Stiction Eliminator every third oil change. Both friction reducers are compatible with one another but Hot Shot’s Secret recommends using the products in separate oil changes to maximize cost effectiveness.