Amazed by Rotella


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shadboy
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Amazed by Rotella

Post by shadboy » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:57 pm



I finally switched from Honda oil to Rotella. I really didn't think it would make any difference at all, but I must admit that my Wing shifts so much better than before. Now, it shifts like the Cadillac it's supposed to be. Thanks to all of you who recommended it. Rotella made my bike much more enjoyable to ride.



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AZgl1800
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Re: Amazed by Rotella

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:04 pm

I switched over to Rotella when it became hard to find my old friend Delo 400
and so far, I have enjoyed a nice time with it.
~John

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bluthundr31
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Re: Amazed by Rotella

Post by bluthundr31 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:36 pm

Good to hear positive experience with Rotella, , ,was that the T-5 15W/40? or did you use a different weight?

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AZgl1800
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Re: Amazed by Rotella

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:35 am

bluthundr31 wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:36 pm
Good to hear positive experience with Rotella, , ,was that the T-5 15W/40? or did you use a different weight?
2 years ago, I went with T5 in 10w30, this year I went with T6 in 5w40 because I wanted to avoid the AGR problem at colder temp startups. ( 01-05 )
~John

tnt9339
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1978 CB550/4
1976 GL1000
1983 VT500 Shadow
1983 GL650 Interstate
1985 GL1200 Interstate
1995 GL1500 Aspencade
2001 GL1800

Re: Amazed by Rotella

Post by tnt9339 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:46 am

Got to ask, what is the AGR problem?

shadboy
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Re: Amazed by Rotella

Post by shadboy » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:59 pm

bluthundr31 wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:36 pm
Good to hear positive experience with Rotella, , ,was that the T-5 15W/40? or did you use a different weight?
Yes, T5 15/40

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AZgl1800
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Re: Amazed by Rotella

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:19 pm

tnt9339 wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:46 am
Got to ask, what is the AGR problem?
I miss quoted that, it is ADG
on the 01-05 models, there has been a problem with the Alternator Drive Gear shearing.

at first, it was thought to be with "too thick" oil viscosity at startup in cold weather,
but I have since heard from some techs who have fixed this, that the owners admitted to winding out their engines to the Red Line consistently.... so, considering that the alternator has to spin faster than the engine, the RPMs of the alternator are really getting into the stratosphere when you red line the engine.

I switched to 5w40 Rotella T6 simply to keep the startup process from "stressing" the ADG

in '06 Honda changed the ADG to a stronger one, and the problem went away.

I just keep my tach below 5,000 and don't worry about it.
~John

tnt9339
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Location: Forest Grove, OR
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Previously owned;
1978 CB550/4
1976 GL1000
1983 VT500 Shadow
1983 GL650 Interstate
1985 GL1200 Interstate
1995 GL1500 Aspencade
2001 GL1800

Re: Amazed by Rotella

Post by tnt9339 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:06 am

Thanks for the clarification,



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