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post #1 of 56 Old 04-06-2006, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Can I use car motor oil?

Can I use car motor oil? If so, what type, viscosity. Does it matter?

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post #2 of 56 Old 04-06-2006, 03:44 AM
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I've been wondering the same thing. From what I've read around here (and there's plenty of discussion about oil), some people do use car motor oil. Mobil 1 and Castrol GTX are two oils I've heard people are using.

On my first oil change, I used the Suzuki oil specifically made for motorcycles. On my next change, I will be switching to a fully synthetic oil, most likely Shell Rotella T, which I've heard people are happy with here.

Any-who, do a search for oil here, and clear your schedule, cause you'll have plenty of reading to do!
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I am using the chevron delo 400 15/40 and have no problems.
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post #4 of 56 Old 04-06-2006, 09:40 AM
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Yes, sure, of course, and Hell ya!!! Just be sure that the viscosity is 10W40 or higher, as well as 5W40 and up too! Almost ALL oil below these ranges have large amounts of friction modifiers in them or "energy conserving" oils...STAY AWAY FROM THEM! The diesel oils are excellent to use. Chevron Delo and Mobil Delvac 1300 are 2 others that are awesome diesel oils. I use Mobil 1 15W50 full syn in my bike. Bike shifts very nicely and I have ZERO oil consumption and no engine noises at all! Castrol does make some good moto oils, that are cheap and should work very well!

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Pretty much just stay away from any oil that says "energy conserving" and make sure the temperature range in the manual is covered. I don't think there are any energy conserving oils that get up to 40 for the higher number. I too like diesel rated oils and am using Shell Rotella 15w-40. has some decent info. My local BMW tech group didn't like Valvoline 20 years ago because the additive package broke down faster than most. I have no idea if that is still true but I avoid it on principle.

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post #6 of 56 Old 04-06-2006, 12:13 PM
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I too have been running Shell Rotella T 15W40 in my Strom with no problems yet. Handy that I run it in my truck too.

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I ran more than 5,000 miles on a western trip late last spring and early summer on 10W40 (either Valvoline or Mobil, whatever was on the shelf in the garage) and didn't use a drop. It looked good enough to drink when I drained it. At least better than the coffee at most of my stops on the road.

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post #8 of 56 Old 04-06-2006, 06:06 PM
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I would never run "car" oil.. I figure with the amount of Givi crap I've installed, I should be running Olive oil. :lol:

I run whatever major brand's oil is on sale and the right weight. I also change every 2500-3000 miles.. And yes, it's car oil..

I like olive oil, too..

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Amsoil 10-40 car oil has no friction molifiers so I will be pouring that in next with a Zuk filter. It isn't a cheap way to go but I feel good about it. Change On.

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post #10 of 56 Old 04-07-2006, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the input. Noticed my oil level is above the full line, is this a problem? Can I put a bottle or part of a bottle of prolong engine treatment?

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