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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-27-2011, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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89 VN750 w/18K oil ?

I picked up a 89 VN750 w/ 18K miles on it and she runs like a champ. I need to get the forks redone and am waiting on a ignition harness.

I am not sure what oil has been used in it in the past. I have read that I need to use 10-40, but what is best, Non Synthetic, semi or full synthetic? HOw often shoul the change be?

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As long as it's 10W-40 (15W-50 in desert heat) you'll be fine. Asking which type or brand is best is like asking a bunch of guys which girl is most attractive; everyone has an opinion, but you must decide.

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Your oil should be changed every 3000 miles with normal use. There is alot of debate on which oil is "best"... I Like Shell Rottella , some like Castrol...I don't think you need to buy expensive oil if you are changing it often. Change the oil filter with every oil change too...

Just do not by any oil that has the "energy saving" seal on it. 10w40, 15w40 ...all good.

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Oh I am not asking what brand but. type synthetic or not
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Energy conserving oil has friction modifiers in it, you don't want that because the clutch is bathing in engine oil.

As to non synthetic, synthetic blend, or full synthetic, take your pick.


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Your oil should be changed every 3000 miles with normal use. There is alot of debate on which oil is "best"... I Like Shell Rottella , some like Castrol...I don't think you need to buy expensive oil if you are changing it often. Change the oil filter with every oil change too...

Just do not by any oil that has the "energy saving" seal on it. 10w40, 15w40 ...all good.

Do you have an owners manual?


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No don't have an owners manual but need one or a maint manual. I ordered 2 oil filters but 2 screen filters about 3 inches long came instead, need to figure out where they go.
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They go in the lower front left side of the engine. It is also an oil drain. Do not over tighten the plug when replaceing it. Only takes one screen.

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