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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 10-15-2006, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wink Oil & Filter question

Today I was in Target and saw Castrol 4T 10W40 regularly priced @ 4.98/qt for sale at clearance price of 1.17/qt. Grabbed 4 without thinking much. however couldn't find any referrences to Castrol 4T in here or on BITOG site. Has anyone used it before....

Also the Purolator filter guide in Pepboys suggested to use ML16817, however I have read here to buy PL14610. Any reasons for not to go with ML16817? Or what are additional benefit of PL14610. Pepboys had a special of Purolator filter @ 99 cents which expired on Saturday. But you can still get some $3.5 Mail in rebate so the cost will come to about $6 -$7 dollars.

Also has anyone used the Mobile1 oil filter. What is the part number for our VN 750.
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What is 4T? What does Castrol say about it?

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The Purolator ML16817 is not actually made by Purolator and is not recommended for our bikes.

The two Purolator filters to use are PL14612(2.5 inches long) and PL14610(3.25 inches long), the longer is recommended.

Mobil-1 has the M1-108(2.5 inches) and M1-110(3.25 inches).

I used the Mobil M1-110 my last oil change, 1300 miles ago and have had no problems.

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I have Castrol GTX 10/40 in the bike now. The filter I just get from the local Kaw dealer.

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I have no idea what "4T" means, but I have been using 10-40GTX for years. I change every 2500-3000 miles and get a filter from my Kawasaki shop. The used oil always looks pretty clean when I dump it out; maybe I'm changing a little too often(?)
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Oil....(and filters)

I looked into getting a filter for my bike on my last oil change and found the Walmart version of SuperTech to be recommended by several folks from Vulcan sites for our bikes. I bought a filter and was just ready to screw it on, but decided to look inside it and compare it to what I pulled off my bike (a kawasaki OE filter). What I saw was no internal check valve inside the SuperTech filter. It is claimed to filter more materials out of the oil than OEM, but I would think the check valve would help lubricate the bike on startups and cause less internal damage. The Kawasaki filter is more expensive, but I will pay the few extra bucks knowing my bike's oil is being filtered and flowing the way it was intended.

Now, as far as oil goes, the following is a very informative link that evaluates many kinds of oil as well as filters;
http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Consumables.html

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I use the Shell Rotella T 15W-40 dino oil and the Bosch filter. No oil related issues.

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The Purolator ML16817 is not actually made by Purolator and is not recommended for our bikes.
Why not? I've had that filter installed on my bike for the usual 3K miles, no issues that I can see.
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What is 4T? What does Castrol say about it?
I couldn't find the 4T info on castrol website. Here is pic of the box. As you can see it doesn't have the circle saying whether it is energy conserving or not.
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I think the 4T refers to it being 4 stroke motorcycle oil, because they have a 2T oil that is for 2 smokes.


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