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post #1 of 33 Old 05-08-2007, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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What engine oil are u using?

I posted a thread about my engine running a little hot and someone mentioned using a better oil. I was wondering what type of engine oil everyone was using?
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post #2 of 33 Old 05-08-2007, 08:45 PM
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This is the classic of all threads, so I'm going to be nice and actually answer in a truthful and polite manner.

I use Rotella 15W-40.

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post #3 of 33 Old 05-08-2007, 10:43 PM
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Rotella also.

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I started off using Kawasaki oil, until the owner of the dealership told me I didn't have to. I then switched to Tech 2000, (wallmarts cheap oil) and used it for about 20,000 miles. Then I decided to follow the crowd and switch to synthedic oil. (big mistake IMHO) I developed oil seepage around a couple gaskets with the synthedic oil so I switched to Castrol, (regular oil) 10w40 in the winter, and 20w50 in the summer. I now have 31000 miles on my 04 KLR.

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post #6 of 33 Old 05-13-2007, 12:06 AM
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Castrol 10W40

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post #7 of 33 Old 05-13-2007, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the feedback. I know its a silly topic, but I'm new to the KLR scene and dont know much about them. I got a very nice '01 650 I'd like to keep it in good shape. Someone else suggested using 20w50. Is 20w50 thicker, and will that keep my engine cooler in summer? Also why would synthetic create problems with seals? I'm running 20w40 castrol synthetic now.
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post #8 of 33 Old 05-16-2007, 11:43 PM
 
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Mx4t

Mobil 1 MX4t full syn. At 8 bucks a bottle I think it's worth every penny. With 38,000 miles on my 04' and no problems.. and of course, no leaks.
Synthetic oil doesn't cause leaks. Bad gaskets and bad seals cause leaks. If it's leaking oil, it ain't because of the oil.
And as for Castrol or cheap Walmart oil.... I wouldn't put that poop it my lawn mower. But others would use cooking oil if it would save them a buck.

If price is a big issue and you don't want synthetic.. Valvoline is a good brand. I'm sure Rotello is a good one too, but I've never tried it.
These are just my opinions mind you.. but I've been into this sort of thing for 35 years, so I'm basing my opinions on experience, and trail and error..
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post #9 of 33 Old 05-22-2007, 09:48 AM
 
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Shell Rottella Synthetic from Wallmart
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post #10 of 33 Old 05-25-2007, 08:18 AM
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Amsoil 10W-40
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