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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-27-2010, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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A Very Good Oil Read - IMHO

I believe this man talks streight and knoweth his Oils, Dino & Syn., no sales pitch ...
http://www.vv.corvair.org/pipermail/...ly/028037.html
I stold it from another bike forum, sure explains plainly things I didn't know about oil...lol...
Kinda long but well worth the read...
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You're right Dog! Totally worth the long read....That man is the oil king! Learned me a few things about oil today. I especially learned that I have been fooled by the oil change intervals of Mobile 1. I'd better change my ways....and my oil! Thanks for sharing that.

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That's why I still buy just decent dino oil at WalMart and change frequently. I'm not one to buy into hype or rhetoric easily...

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wow. lots of info. Im running rotella 15/40

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Very interesting read. Now I know why my bro's Triumph 900 triple requires Mobil 1 : heat. That engine is a cooker.
I will comment on using Lucas M/C synth in my vn: I rarely if ever have a problem with clutch drag and grind that's so common on our bikes. The gear box and shifting is much smoother with synth oil too.

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So basically what I got out of that is synthetic oil doesn't extend your drain intervals and you should still change your oil according to your manufacturers recommendation. Right? Which is what I do anyway.


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So basically what I got out of that is synthetic oil doesn't extend your drain intervals and you should still change your oil according to your manufacturers recommendation. Right? Which is what I do anyway.
Yeah thats about what I got out of it also... I use Synthetic but now see that the benefit I get is not near as much as I had once thought...
Since my engine is air cooled I probably benefit mostly from the 25-30* better cooking point (in case of a traffic bog in extreme heat) and a bit from the more stable viscosity, and possibly a bit cooler running but not proven I don't think...
My recommended change intervals are 5K, I woouldn't want to exceed that anyway...
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Some truckers use Mobile 1 5w40 synthetic in thier trucks. They run it for about 60K miles. At 20K they replace the oil filter and add oil to bring the level to full, and again at 40K. At 60K they change oil and filter.

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Some truckers use Mobile 1 5w40 synthetic in thier trucks. They run it for about 60K miles. At 20K they replace the oil filter and add oil to bring the level to full, and again at 40K. At 60K they change oil and filter.
He talked about that and the fact that they ran dual filters or something like a pre filter, then one with a very small micron rating to really clean up the oil...
I worked for a Gvt. agency that in the 60s and maybe early 70s replaced the stock filters on their cars and trucks with large canister type filters and didn't change oil, just the filters and added to top off, but they sold the vehicles at somewhere around 90K...
I just thought that was one of the best explained oil things I had ever seen and wanted to pass it on...
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The cat engine still has one filter in most cases, but it is rated as an (SS) for severe service for longer use and finer filtration. Some do use a spinner filter or an added on by-pass filter.

The thing that I do not like about this is that the oil is always very black, even right after the oil change.

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