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Kingston
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I use Mobil 1 Synthetic motor oil 0W-40 in my car. Can I use it in my GL1500?



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yes,

I am using 5w40 full synthetic

if the tranny shifts fine, go for it.

EDIT: is the bottom half of the circle on the back a blank?
e.g, no friction modifiers in it?

I am using Rotella T6 in 5w40 with no issues at all.
~John

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Re: Engine oil

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Kingston wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:31 am
I use Mobil 1 Synthetic motor oil 0W-40 in my car. Can I use it in my GL1500?
0W-40 Mobil 1 is going to have friction modifiers in it that will not play nice with your clutch.

The one you want to use is this one:




It does not have friction modifiers, is the correct weight, and works amazingly well in the GL1500. Your transmission will shift very smoothly with it. I have personally been using it in my GL1500 for many years now, as do many other GL1500 owners.

It's available at Wal-Mart, which is the cheapest place I've found to buy it.

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Mobil 1 Synthetic motor oil 0W-40 has no friction modifiers in it, because the bottom half of the circle on the back is blank.

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Kingston wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:42 am
Mobil1 0W-40.JPGMobil 1 Synthetic motor oil 0W-40 has no friction modifiers in it, because the bottom half of the circle on the back is blank.
then it will work just fine.... you and the bike will enjoy it.

makes it easier to start on those frigid -20 degree mornings :D
~John

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I'm using this oil now and works beautifully.

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I use rotella t4. If its good enough for a cummins diesel pulling a 30ft trailer its good enough for my bikes

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Engel6264 wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:15 pm
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I'm using this oil now and works beautifully.
I use this also. My GL1500 likes it the best. I had clunky shifting with the diesel oils. Everything seems smoother.

My GL1200 ran best on diesel oil



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