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post #1 of 23 Old 04-17-2016, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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What oil would you run?

As some of you know I am new to KLR's.
After a few weeks of ownership I want to change oil.

I do some off road, some back and forth to the store, lots of hours on the highway at 5000 rpm's+

2011 with 20,000 miles. Not to bad of an oil drinker

I am thinking Mobil 1, 20w-50
What are your thoughts?

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Shell Rotella T 15-40 is my elixir of choice. Kawasaki 10-40 is a great oil.

If you want to go the synthetic route Shell Rotella T6 5-40 is what I use in my Goldwing.

Mobil 1 is an automotive oil with frictions modifiers. Not recommended for a bike.

Do a forum search. Next to the Doohickey there are more threads about oil than anything else.
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I will find that thread... Rotella is a great oil!!
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And lots of threads on stripped drain plugs... Not sure how much you've worked on bikes in the past, but it's real easy to strip the plug and mess up the cases if you over torque it. Please use caution when tightening that puppy up.

Again, if you have experience with aluminum threads ignore this, I just hate to see gory pics of cracked cases.

Oh, and as far as the oil, I use Rotella 15W 40 as well, relatively cheap and easy to find .

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Oops, another edit from me!
I peeked back at some of your previous posts and see that you've done lots of wrenching on bikes before, please disregard my previous post!
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Thanks stew..
All advice is welcomed.. been around the block couple times just not on a KLR.
More I read, Rotella is becoming my flavor!

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Thanks stew..
All advice is welcomed.. been around the block couple times just not on a KLR.
More I read, Rotella is becoming my flavor!
Lol, thanks for not taking offence. I didn't realize you had experience on the wrenches .

Rotella is an even better deal when you can catch it on sale. In these parts every once in a while WalMart or Canadian Tire discounts it, that's when I usually try to stock up a bit!

One mistake I did last time though, Canadian Tire had a smoking deal on 5 gallon pails of the stuff so I scooped one. Price was great, but it's a pain in the butt to work out of, even though I decant it into a smaller jug before using it, it's still messy! Plus, I have to watch that it doesn't become contaminated before I use it up. I'll stick with the smaller jugs next time! Lol
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Rotella is a popular choice for many various bike owners these days. It does have the JASO-MA cert if that has any relevance to you. I personally have used if for years. It is available in any Walmart so easy find if you need a quart.
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JASO is what i was worried about with Rotella.. that's awesome it is.
Mobil does make v-twin/4 stroke that is (i think) but the availability of Rotella is a big bonus...
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As some of you know I am new to KLR's.
After a few weeks of ownership I want to change oil.

I do some off road, some back and forth to the store, lots of hours on the highway at 5000 rpm's+

2011 with 20,000 miles. Not to bad of an oil drinker

I am thinking Mobil 1, 20w-50
What are your thoughts?
gruet782,
I'll highly recommend Genuine Kawasaki 10W40 petroleum oil, part# K61021-202A.
Here is my thread,
http://www.klrforum.com/klr-other-mo...is-thread.html

I could be mistaken, but I'll just guess that Shell Rotella was used in many of the previous 30 some Blackstone lab report samples that were used to make the Universal Average at the date of my 1st sample.

I do believe that I am using one of the better oils that Blackstone has tested. And I would really like for you or anyone to submit a sample of 'whatever' you wind-up using to attempt to dethrone my results. 3000 or 5000 mile sample will be real easy to compare.

Watt-man of Thermo-Bob fame does use Mobil 1 15W50,
as seen here,
http://www.watt-man.com/uploads/KLR_...n_Rate_100.pdf

I'd really like for him to submit a sample. That could encourage me to change up. Probably to the Kawasaki Semi-Synthetic 10W40 and have a test run at achieving even lower ppm per 1000 miles traveled.

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