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post #1 of 26 Old 02-17-2019, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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I have looked and looked-no recient oil thread. What’s up with you guys ?

Sorry, couldn’t resist. (Lol). I’ve owed many mcs over the yrs. my next will be a KLR650, sometime in the near future. I still have a case of full syn 15-40 Agip I Ride -Jaso rated oil. I plan on using that. (Roast if needed). I do understand about the oil usage issues. I will probably do most of the engine oil mods. I do see where the Rotella is popular here. What else are you guys running. Let the flames begin !.
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We tend to play "Oil thread" with facts.

Started and driven by @pdwestman: https://www.klrforum.com/klr-other-m...is-thread.html

It's not a "put up or shut up" kind of thing. We just like to see what different oils will really do. There is still a subjective side to things; e.g. some folks feel that their bike shifts better or the clutch works better with a given brand of oil.

Nothing wrong with using a case of Agip that you've got laying around if there's no other use for it in the shop.
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The high dollar Agip I Ride full Syn was for my wife’s Vespa 300. We sold the Vespa, but I had already bought a case for half the ($15.80/liter) cost from a distributor (at $7.80 per liter) so I really need to make use of it. I like to joke about the oil threads. Some people are very passionate or adamant about their choice(s). I usually use the equivalent of what the OEM requires, except I change it sooner. But I do like the synthetic oils as they give me piece of mind-they are suppose to handle a higher heat load . And also because I can, (Lol).
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Ain't you seen this'n, rodent64?

https://www.klrforum.com/how-tos-tec...5-rotella.html

BTW, my riding partner, also from south Texas (Sugar Land), has nearly 100,000 miles on his '08 KLR650; he's consulted with an automobile engineer, he's studied his oil temperatures, in the sandy land, down by the Rio Grande; even installed heat sink fins on his crankcase . . . looks like thermodynamics are always with us!

Beyond that, in his experience, the only oil-related malfunction running a KLR650 he says he knows of is . . . oil starvation. YMMV!

When (and if) you ever get your KLR650, post pictures! Otherwise . . . it didn't happen!
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Ain't you seen this'n, rodent64?

https://www.klrforum.com/how-tos-tec...5-rotella.html

BTW, my riding partner, also from south Texas (Sugar Land), has nearly 100,000 miles on his '08 KLR650; he's consulted with an automobile engineer, he's studied his oil temperatures, in the sandy land, down by the Rio Grande; even installed heat sink fins on his crankcase . . . looks like thermodynamics are always with us!

Beyond that, in his experience, the only oil-related malfunction running a KLR650 he says he knows of is . . . oil starvation. YMMV!

When (and if) you ever get your KLR650, post pictures! Otherwise . . . it didn't happen! <img src="http://www.klrforum.com/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
And what does he use for oil?
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Ain't you seen this'n, rodent64?

https://www.klrforum.com/how-tos-tec...5-rotella.html

BTW, my riding partner, also from south Texas (Sugar Land), has nearly 100,000 miles on his '08 KLR650; he's consulted with an automobile engineer, he's studied his oil temperatures, in the sandy land, down by the Rio Grande; even installed heat sink fins on his crankcase . . . looks like thermodynamics are always with us!...
I'd like to see his data on oil temps and such, but I know "spit in one hand, wish in the other"...

What I have seen, here in oh-so-temperate California, is that the oil temperatures on the KLR run really cold; in the low 200s when I'd like to see 225-230. If the ambients are below 65 the engine struggles to get the oil temperatures over 200. That engine can radiate heat faster'n a lizard that just lost its tail.

I have considered insulating the crankcase, never installing fins.
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And what does he use for oil?
OIL

I'd really like to see a few pics of the cooling fins on his oil sump.
I can't image that they were truly needed, but it had to of been a unique project. Welded or JB Welded, Damocles?

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I'd like to see his data on oil temps and such, but I know "spit in one hand, wish in the other"...

What I have seen, here in oh-so-temperate California, is that the oil temperatures on the KLR run really cold; in the low 200s when I'd like to see 225-230. If the ambients are below 65 the engine struggles to get the oil temperatures over 200. That engine can radiate heat faster'n a lizard that just lost its tail.

I have considered insulating the crankcase, never installing fins.
The question is: fiberglass, rock wool or sprayed on foam?
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The question is: fiberglass, rock wool or sprayed on foam?
I've previously suggested to spray foam into plastic bags tucked into the skid plate areas.
The cured foam blocks would then be removable/reusable.

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