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Kingston
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Engine oil

Post by Kingston » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:30 pm



I would like to use Mobil 1 fully synthetic 0W-40 in my Goldwing. Is it ok with the clutch?



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AZgl1800
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Re: Engine oil

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:47 pm

Nope,

it has 'Friction Modifiers' in it, which will cause the clutch to slip.
Enhanced Frictional Properties, Aids Fuel Economy

https://www.mobil.com/English-CN/Passen ... bil-1-0W40


I am using Rotella T-6 a 5w40 full synthetic with no ill effects at all.
My bike is a 2002 GL1800 and therefore it is one of the 01-05 bikes that have the "potential ADG" problem.... which means, keep your fingers OFF the throttle and don't touch it until the engine warms up and idles back down .....

some folks have twisted the throttle and revved the engine up while the oil is cold, and sheered the ADG 'alternator drive gear'. If that ever happens, you are looking for a new motor.
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Re: Engine oil

Post by themainviking » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:17 pm

Actually, Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10W-40 is formulated for motorcycles with a common engine/clutch/transmission bath. It contains the proper friction abilities for wet clutch operation.

As mentioned above, Shell Rotella T also makes a compatible oil, as do Red Line, Amsoil, Pennzoil, Castrol and Valvoline.

I personally use Amsoil.
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Re: Engine oil

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:48 pm

Which version of Amsoil?

I am making up a full list of compatible oils in my database, would appreciate the info
John
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daughter named her Big Bird :lol:
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Re: Engine oil

Post by Kingston » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:15 pm

This doesn't say on the API Service label "Resource Conserving" like the ones have that will make the clutch slip. This is not your 10W-30 stuff.

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Re: Engine oil

Post by gervais » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:00 pm

hi,
What Castrol products can i used in my 1984 ?


i dont have an Honda dealer around me
thanks
gervais

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Re: Engine oil

Post by themainviking » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:29 am

AZgl1800 wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:48 pm
Which version of Amsoil?

I am making up a full list of compatible oils in my database, would appreciate the info
Sorry for my tardiness in addressing this question. I did not see it. The Amsoil in question is the one labeled Metric Motorcycle Oil.

https://www.amsoil.com/shop/by-product/ ... cycle-oil/

It is available in both 10W30 and 10W40
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Re: Engine oil

Post by Rednaxs60 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:44 am

AZgl1800 wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:48 pm
Which version of Amsoil?

I am making up a full list of compatible oils in my database, would appreciate the info
Just switched the 1200 to Lucas Synthetic 0W40 from Rotella T6 Synthetic 5W40. Price was comparable. Will give it a couple of oil changes to compare. Have to look closely at the label. One has moly in it and not recommended for wet clutch application. Not concerned about the "W" rating as it is not in play once the engine is up to operating temp. Have also used Amsoil as well in my 1800, works well, but have since switched it to Rotella T6. With Rotella T6 there are 2 formulations - one is a universal that is not JASO MA/MA 2 approved, the other is. Just have to read the label.

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Re: Engine oil

Post by landisr » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:19 pm

To the OP: My unofficial reply is that most any oil that follows the viscosity recommendations in your Owners Manual is safe. The weight recommendations by default will steer you away from oil that may harm your clutch, eg. no friction modifiers, etc.

FWIW, I have been using Mobile 1 or Rotella T in my 94A ( not motorcycle-specific) since it reached 10,000 miles, changing it and the filter every 10,000 miles thereafter. It still shifts fine and has the original clutch at 184k. And none of the potential problems related to this model year's transmission.

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