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post #1 of 14 Old 04-08-2014, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Oil dilemma

I know I'm opening can of worms here but here we go;
I've been using spectro 10w-40 religiously for last 3 years. I'm in Mexico right now and will soon have to add oil. It turns out that its quite difficult to find 10w-40 out here. Was wondering what would be best alternative to mix with 10w-40? I'm due for oil change in about 500 miles and would like to see what people recommend? Obviously something that is easy to get hands on down in central america. Just fyi, I'll be putting lot of miles at higher speeds in next 3-4 months.
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-08-2014, 08:14 PM
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Kawasaki "official" oil recommendation remain, well . . . LOOSE! Basically, 'most anything that will pour from a can is o.k. Maintains warranty eligibility. And so on.

Just . . . don't run OUT of oil! Keep an eye on the sight glass, frequently.

Should I re-post Kawasaki's recommendations?

In your situation, I might seek some Diesel oil. Chances are, Diesel oil meets Kawasaki's minimalist specifications.



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Stealing a quote from Damocles,

"Just . . . don't run OUT of oil! Keep an eye on the sight glass, frequently."

Most important thing concerning oil and KLR's... I'm guessing oil starvation has killed more KLR's than any other malady. Well, at least the top ends.

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I'm sure you can get Shell Rotella 15-40 in Mexico.

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I'm sure you can get Shell Rotella 15-40 in Mexico.
Maybe so, klr4evr!

However, the petroleum industry in Mexico is NATIONALIZED; that is, the ONLY service stations (I think) are . . . "PEMEX," for Petroleos Mexicanos, stations, owned by the Mexican government.

Thus, I would imagine the lubricating oil brands available depend upon the marketing policies of the Mexican government, not the free market, not what we US citizens sometimes call, "capitalism."

That said, I accept your assurance Rotella is available in Mexico, at Pemex stations, or at the huts beside the trails where gasoline is sold from plastic repurposed milk cartons . . .
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I'd go for anything that is in table linked by democles - as long as You get rid of the old oil and put a new one - You should be fine.

In the end oil is oil, and no oil is bad
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Kawasaki "official" oil recommendation...
...*
Jeff tells me it's snowing in Canada (well, the real part of Canada). I figure it might be time to talk about oil.

Or at least some oil things that might make you go "Hmmmmmm..."

How come, in the image above, Kawasaki doesn't include 15W-40?

Since I live where the temperature range is generally 50-90, why can't I run a straight grade Rotella T1 and avoid all that shearing stuff?

Why is this article so different from other explanations?

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How come, in the image above, Kawasaki doesn't include 15W-40?[/I]
(Image previously stolen, fair and square, from the 2007 Owner's Manual!)

5W-40 (or whatever Rotella T Synthetic's viscosity might be) is also absent.

My guess--ain't no thang. The "W" designation is the "winter," or cold ambient temperature viscosity number, I think. That "weight" would only exist for a brief interval, before the oil warms up, after starting. Little, if any, long-term maintenance issues attached to a few digits one way or another, regarding the "W" number, I'd imagine.

Why 5W and 15W are omitted from the Kawasaki viscosity recommendations? Don't know; maybe the granularity of their scale only extended to multiples of 10.

Full disclosure: I run 5W-40 and 15W-40 often, without known penalty.
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I would bet that the oil viscosity picture was first made and printed when the KLR came out in 1987ish. At the time there may have been no 5W oils and probably no 15W's either.

I'm guessing.

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