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post #1 of 14 Old 09-30-2006, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Thread!!!!! (evil chuckle)

Ok, it's not what you might think. I already know what oil I use. But somebody tell me I'm not smoking something. I seem to remember paying around $8.50 per quart for Castrol GPS synthetic in Idaho, and I cringed every time I got oil at that price. Well I just came from the local Kawasaki dealer in Lincoln (first time in the place) and they're asking a whopping $12 per quart!!! I mean it's oil, not liquid gold! Is that high or was I just getting a sweet deal in Idaho? Guess I'm going to have to shop around cause there's no way I'm paying 12 bucks for a quart of oil.

OK, I apologize in advance for asking, but what other synthetics are people using? I might have to make a switch if I can't find it cheaper.

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Yep $12 is way high. You can't go wrong with Mobil 1. Wally world in my area has it. You could check to see if they have it there. It's about $8.50 a qt. I run Rotella 15w40 in my bike because thats what the PO ran in it. If I were to buy a new bike I'd run Mobil 1.
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-30-2006, 06:29 PM
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I put synthetic in mine a couple oil changes ago and soon after I did I started getting seepage in a couple spots. I switched back to regular oil, but it is still seeping. I guess I'll tear it down and put a new gasket on it.

A lot of people use the Mobile 1 synthetic.
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Yeah, that's too high. I like to use Amsoil MCF in mine (full syn) and it retails for $8.70/ quart. I get a little discount off of that plus I buy it by the case... even cheaper that way. If I couldn't find a local dealer and didn't want to order it online I'd have to go with my second choice, Mobil 1, which is usually easy to get your hands on.
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The guy I bought my wee from has been running Chevron Delo 15-w-40 in it. It is the same oil we use in our fire engines.

You can buy it by the gallon - cheaper option...

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post #6 of 14 Old 10-02-2006, 09:18 AM
 
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WOW!

AMSOIL 20W50 full synthetic - $6.85 a quart at my local parts house!

For that price I will not run anything else - and change it every 2K with a filter.

OK overkill maybe - years of racing V8 engines has taught me the value of good oil/frequently changed in terms of longevity!

Just my 2 pesos!!!!!
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-02-2006, 04:46 PM
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i've steered clear of the big of oil debate. I dont know much.

a trusted mechanic (old school guy) on motorcycles has said to use a 50/50 blend. states synthetic only is not good. anyways. kragens has Mobile 7500. its a syth, pet. 50/50 blend. sells for 3.95a quart. no thats a deal.

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Well I did a little bit of looking at a few other places today and it looks like I can switch to Mobile 1 pretty easy. Looks like it runs around $8/qt. I'll probably do a bit more looking before I go that direction though. It's only been 2200 miles since the last change so I've got a little further I can go if needed. But it might not be a bad idea to switch anyway if Castrol GPS is that expensive and that tough to find.

So, any down side to switching oil? I've only had it in there for one oil change anyway.

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post #9 of 14 Old 10-04-2006, 11:32 AM
 
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firefighter_joe,

In the Wee you might want to try Shell Rotella-T synthetic 5W/40. I'm loving it in the V-Strom!

I'm buying it at Wal-Mart for about $20 a gallon. Also available at most truck stops across our country! So when you're out and about you can always find oil.

In the KLR and KLX I'm running Shell Rotella, 15w/40.


Clean and Fresh is always good!
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-04-2006, 05:52 PM
 
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I use Shell Rotella T Synthetic 5W-40 oil. Very heavy duty oil designed for deisels.

$16 per gallon at Wal Mart.
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