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post #1 of 18 Old 07-03-2004, 11:46 PM
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Rotella 5W-40 Synthetic

Bike hit 4,000 miles so I thought it a good point to switch to synthetic. First noticable difference is starting as the motor spins a little quicker, and it appears to run a little smoother if not happier in the upper RPM range. The most noticable difference, however, is in the shifting...no more "thwack!" Perhaps a slight increase in fuel mileage, too!
At $12 a gallon from Wal-Mart, you can't beat it. I'm happy. :wink:
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-10-2004, 01:11 PM
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You are telling me you put a diesel spec oil in your DL? Are you just cheap or foolish, Buy a motorcycle specific oil, remember the old comm ercial, pay me now or pay me later. Check the SAE numbers, not m cycle rated. Besides Golden spectro 10W40 sells for about 3.00 a quart so less than 12.00 an oil change. Next Your going to tell me you bought a Fram Filter. Hope you know that it bypasses 20 PSI before a factory Suzuki filter does.

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post #3 of 18 Old 07-10-2004, 06:18 PM
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There have been many threads on oil on many, many boards and diesel oils are some of the BEST oils out there! I do not think that "m" rated oils are any better. In fact, Suzuki does not require anything more than SF or SG rated oil. Rotella syn far excedes those specifications.

And, maybe you can focus on the issue instead of personally attacking the poster! :wink:
 
post #4 of 18 Old 07-10-2004, 07:37 PM
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I just bought a bunch of Fram oil filters and am going to use them. I also use Castro GTX 10-40 oil in my DL650 and my GS500. No you can't change my mind. I used Fram filters on two Peugeots that I had and never had a problem. However I did notice that the Fram oil filter weighs a lot less than the Suzuki.

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post #5 of 18 Old 07-11-2004, 11:09 AM
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Good Luck! Hope the 4.99 you saved is worth it. Don't take my word for it reearch it for yourself, Check Fram for rated bypass pressure. This is when the filter bypasses it's filtration and the oil is UNFILTERED. This means that although you saved money the filter isn't filtering the contaminates you want it to. So I wish you good luck. You will need it.

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post #6 of 18 Old 07-11-2004, 12:18 PM
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It's not the money, I just want to be different. I have two Fram filters and will change back to Suzuki after I use them up I also have two of the Suzuki filters. On the Suzuki filters I'm going change every second oil change. Suzuki says to change every third. I don't believe that bypass pressure is a problem, I change the oil every 3,000 miles, so I don't think that the filter ever gets that dirty. Hey if I wanted to play it safe I wouldn't ride a bike. What is life without adventure.

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post #7 of 18 Old 07-12-2004, 06:45 PM
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Are you just cheap or foolish, Next Your going to tell me you bought a Fram Filter.
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I am neither cheap nor foolish, my friend, just well educated. Keep in mind that insults only reflect one's own ignorance.

Have a blissful day. 8)
post #8 of 18 Old 08-05-2004, 09:15 PM
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So draining the used oil from my Kubota & straining it through cheesecloth & runnin it through the Strom ain't such a good idea?
post #9 of 18 Old 08-06-2004, 12:17 AM
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I know this thread of discussion sort of, well, drifted into the semi-insulting at an earlier stage, but now that we're back on track, what about synthetic oils in the V-Strom? I just did an oil change using regular Suzuki oil and wondered about the extra expense for synthetic. Is it worth it? What experiences have people had? Does it really improve shifting?

I come from the restoration world before this. And once you made your old Brit bike leak-free, not an easy thing, but possible with modern gaskets and good machining, then synthetic was the way to go, even on 35 year-old machines.

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post #10 of 18 Old 08-12-2004, 04:41 AM
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There was a good article at a great site http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/, and it recommended Rotella. I wanted to mention it, because the site contained info on just about anything motorcycling, and the author even has a Strom, so there's a section on it as well.
Anyway, check it out....

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