Engine oil.


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sdadean
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Engine oil.

Postby sdadean » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:23 pm



I know there has been a lot of discussion on engine oil. I would like to hear a few opinions. I haven't changed my oil yet since I purchased the bike. Owner said it was just changed at a Honda dealer last fall. I am one for changing it every 2500 miles. My question is what is a good oil to use? Some have suggested Rottella T6 but that only comes in 5w/30. It that okay? A little thinner than what's recommended . I think the book said 15w/30. Is there something else out there other than the Honda brand. I know oil is very important on these bikes and it lubes everything.



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dnehasert
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Re: Engine oil.

Postby dnehasert » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:46 pm

I use Shell Rotella T, non synthetic. 15W40 and works very well.

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HawkeyeGL1200
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Re: Engine oil.

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:01 pm

I don't know what viscosity the GL1500 calls for. I know I have run the Rotella T 15/40, Walmart SuperTech 15/40 (Diesel oil) and Delo 400 LE. Of all the oil I have run in my Goldwing and other motorcycles, I prefer the Delo 400 LE. It has zinc and molybdenum additives in it that appear to work well.

To be honest, any quality oil of correct viscosity will probably work just fine, as long as you keep it changed as often as you do. I like to change my filter when I change the oil. I could probably get by with a filter change every other oil change. Like you, I change the oil in my motorcycle quite frequently.

I always figured oil and filters are cheap when you compare them to the cost of an engine.
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amsoilguy
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Re: Engine oil.

Postby amsoilguy » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:01 pm

Use an oil made specifically for motorcycle applications. It should meet JASO MA/MA2 specs for wet clutch compatibility.
Allan

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bjatwood
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Re: Engine oil.

Postby bjatwood » Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:09 am

amsoilguy wrote:Use an oil made specifically for motorcycle applications. It should meet JASO MA/MA2 specs for wet clutch compatibility.

Which the Rotell T5 does for only 12.99 a gallon all day, any day, at your local WalMart 8-) 8-)

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Re: Engine oil.

Postby Wingsconsin » Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:10 am

sdadean wrote:. ... Owner said it was just changed at a Honda dealer last fall. ....


Item 1) Previous Owners LIE !

Do all the maintenances yourself ASAP to create a TRUE baseline you can trust for a schedule.


HawkeyeGL1200 wrote:I don't know what viscosity the GL1500 calls for. I know I have run the Rotella T 15/40, Walmart SuperTech 15/40 (Diesel oil) and Delo 400 LE. Of all the oil I have run in my Goldwing and other motorcycles, I prefer the Delo 400 LE. It has zinc and molybdenum additives in it that appear to work well.

To be honest, any quality oil of correct viscosity will probably work just fine, as long as you keep it changed as often as you do. I like to change my filter when I change the oil. I could probably get by with a filter change every other oil change. Like you, I change the oil in my motorcycle quite frequently.

I always figured oil and filters are cheap when you compare them to the cost of an engine.


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bo_mull
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Re: Engine oil.

Postby bo_mull » Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:25 pm

I have been running Delo 400 LE for a couple years now, No problems yet.

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702scottc
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Re: Engine oil.

Postby 702scottc » Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:42 am

I've always used castrol 20-50 4 stroke motorcycle oil. They sell it at autozone. It's more expensive than Delo 400 but the heat out west is a major consideration. Delo and Rotella are both good choices in the 15-40 weight. Use what you are comfortable with, everyone has their own opinions. Always change the filter when you drain the engine, that's like taking a bath and putting on dirty clothes!

billbob
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Re: Engine oil.

Postby billbob » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:14 pm

I use Delo 400 LE in my wing.

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Happytrails
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Re: Engine oil.

Postby Happytrails » Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:14 am

I've started using Delo 400 LE 15w-40 and purolator 14459. Just did my 2nd change. Its amazing how knowledgeable Wing guru's are. Read thru everything and sounded good. But have a feeling as long as your good about maintenance you'll be in good shape. Just stay away from Fram oil filters.
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mrtwowheel
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Re: Engine oil.

Postby mrtwowheel » Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:44 pm

I use Castrol GTX 10W40 in all of my cycles, it is the original "motorcycle oil". These old Hondas were developed, tested, and designed with Castrol GTX. 30 plus years later and these engines are running with virtually no wear, so I'll continue to use their choice of oil, I think these guys knew what they were doing. I'll bet you a pancake that the overpriced Honda labeled oil is Castrol GTX in disguise.

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