Engine Oil SAE 5W40


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Engine Oil SAE 5W40

Postby wingdude » Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:28 pm



Someone gave me a can of (full synthetic) Shell Helix Ultra 5W40 engine oil to use in my 1996 GL1500SE.

As this is normally an oil used in cars, I wondered if it could do harm in my GL1500.
Honda advises to use an SF or SG specified oil as where the Shell oil is SH/CF.

I'm not so concerned about the viscosity as the 5W only improves cold starts.
It's more the chemicals that makes me wonder.

Shell recommends this Helix oil for Porches and Ferrari's, which are high performance cars.
As we Wingers only do maximum 5500 rpm, I don't really think this is a problem.

Can anyone solve this mystery for me :?:

Grtz,

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Re: Engine Oil SAE 5W40

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:37 pm

I would not use a synthetic oil (which normally contain friction modifiers) in any engine that has a wet clutch that is lubricated with engine oil. That includes most motorcycles.

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Re: Engine Oil SAE 5W40

Postby wingdude » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:22 am

Thanx for the answer.

It complies however to the ACEA A3 standard in the (motorcycle)oil I've used
over the last 13 years.

What harn could it doe.
I thought most cars have a wet clutch as well, but i could be wrong here.

You have any idea, because I kinda lose track here.

Grtz

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Re: Engine Oil SAE 5W40

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:55 am

Nope, most cars (with standard transmissions) have dry clutches.

Cars with automatic transmissions have wet clutches, but they are lubricated by transmission fluid, not engine oil.

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Re: Engine Oil SAE 5W40

Postby Ralph Zimmerman » Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:49 pm

I use full syn rotella T in all my bikes have for many years. Insure that the energy conservating label in not on the rear of the oil container on the type/ circle label. Next time you are in a parts store or wally world look on the back of rotella t syn and compare it to a regular oil bottle you will see what I am talkin about. I only change it at 8000 mile intervals. 48.000 on the VTX 1800 and 105.000 on the wing and 20.000 on the VT 750. They run much smoother with the syn in them. Also ran it in my 82,86,94 an 96 wings all had over 100.000 on them at selling time. :D

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Re: Engine Oil SAE 5W40

Postby walla walla dave » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:23 am

I also use Rotella T synthetic in my GL1500I. Have 94,000 miles on it without any problems. I have a friend with a 96 1500 who tried it but he said his bike didn't like it, so he went back to Honda oil. Guess bikes have different tastes to. :D




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