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post #1 of 23 Old 05-02-2013, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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15w40 oil

i done a search on here and found there is a lot of folks using 15w40 oil in there KLR. this is the same oil i run in my cummins motor so it works well for me. oil change in the truck and a and oil change in the bike.

anyway to the point, after changing the oil i find the clutches stick together if it not in neutral on start up. has anyone else found this? and if so will it cause a problem.

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post #2 of 23 Old 05-03-2013, 12:19 AM
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About a month ago there was someone with just about the same question. The consensus was no problem. It was noticed the KLR often had plates slightly sticking together on startup. No adverse issues were reported.
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As dealership shops often say, "That's NORMAL!"

This time, it's true; a typical characteristic of wet clutches; clutch disks adhere to each other initially at start-up . . . rev engine slightly, hold brake on when first putting transmission in gear, to break the plates loose and avoid undesirable consequences of the "lurch" . . .
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I've found that the clutch sticks with mobil 1 20-50, but does not stick with mobil 1 15-50. The 15-50 is also cheaper.
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post #5 of 23 Old 05-03-2013, 12:10 PM
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About a month ago there was someone with just about the same question. The consensus was no problem. It was noticed the KLR often had plates slightly sticking together on startup. No adverse issues were reported.
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What he said...I run 15-40 and yes on start it does buck just a bit and has but no problems in over a year of running it.
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post #6 of 23 Old 05-03-2013, 12:39 PM
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Only problem I have encountered using Rotella 15w40 is that the bike has a hard time cranking when the temps are below 25 degrees F

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honestly i switch it up, down here in the desert when it is 100 degrees plus i run 15-40 but when winter rolls arounf...ha ha winter....i switch to 10-30

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post #8 of 23 Old 05-06-2013, 12:52 AM
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Rotella 15w40 was JASO MA certified a couple years ago too. So no worries. Have used it since 2008 without incident... But I live in the Pacific NW where 25 deg is a rarity :-)
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Rotella 15w40 was JASO MA certified a couple years ago too.
I've heard that was pushed through Shell by the Kawasaki Motor Corporation.



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post #10 of 23 Old 12-27-2013, 10:41 PM
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I've run 15w40 Rotella in my FJR, my XS750, my wife's C50, and my sons' bikes (Versys, Guzzi Quota, CB750). Never had a problem, and will be using it in my KLR now as well.

It's JASO rated, cheap, readily available. FWIW, the FJR has 135,000 kms on it, and so far I haven't had to shim a valve... not sure if that's the Rotella's fault, but it does speak to it's ability to prevent wear I think?

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