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post #1 of 7 Old 11-02-2007, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Oil weights and winter

First of all, how many of you are still going to ride during the winter? personally, i am looking forward to christmas day when there's not a single soul out and it's just me and the po-po. seriously though i do plan on riding in the cold at least sometimes this winter, but this leads to my next question, when it gets colder like this are you guys using a lighter weight oil? what brand and weight?
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-02-2007, 02:34 PM
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The first set of numbers determine how well the oil flows in cold weather conditions. ex. 10w-30 5w-30 15w-40 and i ride all year round including 50 degree weather.
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so what weight do you ride?
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I use shell rotella 5w40wt. Wally world has it for like 16 a gallon and use their supertech filter which are made by purolator. Excellent oil with very good shearing properties.
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I would suggest you look at you manual.
In late summer temps. here are commonly over 100 degrees. That's when in swtich to 15-50w.
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I typically use a lighter oil in the winter and heavier in the summer. 10w-30 or lighter should work well.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-03-2007, 02:46 AM
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Be kind to your engine and never run oil with a cold viscosity of more than 5 regardless of temperature but especially in colder temps. Just like with tires, even when it's 100 degrees outside the oil isn't 100 degrees and needs to be as thin as possible at startup to prevent damage. I've never understood the reason for oils with 15 or 20 values at startup.
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