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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-26-2010, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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for all who had to replace the stator...odd question

Me thinks me asks too many questions...With all the recent discussions about stator replacements, it got me wondering. Manual calls for 10W40 oil I believe. If you have had your bike long enough to need to replace your stator, I'd like to know...

1) What Weight oil were you useing around the time of replacement?
2) Regular or synthetic?
3) Have you ever used any additives.
Anything in your oil such as Seafoam, oil treatment etc.
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OH NO, another oil thread, and a stator thread combined!!!

If you do a search you will probably find answers to most of your questions.

With the heat in southern TX you will probably find most mc riders are running 20W-50 synthetic in the summer, and maybe year around.

You want to stay away from most oil treatment products, as they are usually friction reduction products, and will ruin the clutch plates as they run in the same oil that lubricates the engine and transmission. IMO you don`t want to run Seafoam in the crankcase continually. I might add a few ounces for cleaning purposes prior to an oil change and ride for 20-30 minutes, then immediately drop the oil.

The best thing you can do for your stator oil wise, is keep it clean with regular oil changes every 3K miles, and keep the oil level topped right up for maximum cooling potential.

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THanks Gordon. I don't think I'm straying from the suggested 10W-40.

I have been a little discouraged by all of stator replacement threads and
was hoping to get support that sticking to the recommended oil/weight
etc., may give me a little comfort.
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THanks Gordon. I don`t think I am straying from the suggested 10W-40.

I have been a little discouraged by all of stator replacement threads and
was hoping to get support that sticking to the recommended oil/weight
etc., may give me a little comfort.
I can`t find the minimum expected ambient temperatures recommended for using other than 10W/40 oil, but in the Clymer service manual 10W/40, 20W/40, 10W/50 and 20W50 motor oils are all approved for use in the VN750.

In south Texas the temps are never going to get cold enough where using a 20W/50 oil will be too thick to circulate on a cold startup. However if you expect temps lower than 50*F in the winter where you live, use 10W/40 if it makes you feel better. I believe the 20W/50 synthetic is the better choice when riding in hot weather.

niterider is an oil service tech at a large facility in Texas. He and a bunch of other southern riders use 20W/50. Do a search on oil threads and you will find a lot of info on using heavier/thicker oil for better hot weather engine protection.

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I'd go 20W50 all year long in the valley where you are, RadioRider. I prefer castrol, but brand does not really matter as long as it is not recycled oil.

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I'd go 20W50 all year long in the valley where you are, RadioRider. I prefer castrol, but brand does not really matter as long as it is not recycled oil.
Do you mean re-refined oil? One guy told me it is better than virgin oil since it starts out more like the finished product than crude oil. But I have no idea if he's right or not.

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Oil service tech,Large refinery? I guess I didnt know we had an oil service tech among us. Just interested to see what is involved in your job title.. What name oil facility is it.. We could all use some more input on lubrication, Your statement meant brand of petroleum oil?
Im sure many others now wonder about that statement. Thank you for your time in this matter Nightrider.
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niterider is an oil service tech at a large facility in Texas. He and a bunch of other southern riders use 20W/50. Do a search on oil threads and you will find a lot of info on using heavier/thicker oil for better hot weather engine protection
We had one of your guy trying to sell amsoil at B-line lube where I work. BTW we are on the web, check it out.
First off the statment says facility, not stating excatly what the facility is. I do not work at a refinery. I service mainly large trucks and what we do is change oil and lube them. We also do dot inspections.
However, I am a firm believer that most oils are pretty much the same. I have run across 2 or 3 customers that believe the same as I do. They will use different types of oil in the engine at the same time or change to different oil at each oil change.
I do beleive that synthetic is very different than pertol oils.

I use castrol in my bike mainly out of preference.

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Do you mean re-refined oil? One guy told me it is better than virgin oil since it starts out more like the finished product than crude oil. But I have no idea if he's right or not.
This is my opinion. I don't see how an oil that has run several k miles can be any better than oil that has not been used at all.
I will tell you that the Texas hiway department in Sweetwater uses reclaimed oil in thier trucks and pick-em ups. By the way they bring thier own oil. We don't sell any of that stuff or keep any on hand for them. The name of the oil is (natures best.)
It is accually called (nature's choice.) correction

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niterider: Im glad you had clarified Anothers version of your job title. I have nothing against anyone in the Lubrication and maintenance business. I was looking for someone else in the Lubrication/maintenance business too. I wasant asking you to defend anything. Again Niterider thank you for your honest input. Ride Hard Run Cool!
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