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post #111 of 131 Old 07-30-2019, 12:11 AM
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I have about 400 miles to go before I send the Rotella off to Blackstone. I have a new gallon of Genuine Kawasaki 10w40 sitting in the garage waiting to go in after the Rotella. Blackstone told me in my last report to feel free to experiment so just out of curiosity I am. I figure 2,000 miles of Rotella won't kill the bike even if it proves to be inferior in comparison. So far it is quiet as a chrch mouse and shifts very smoothly with the Rotella. Actually, it shifts much smoother than that high dollar ester based Motul that was in prior. Maybe I'll compare about 5 different oils, then take the ones with the best additive packages and blend them. Then sample it just for the hell of it.

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post #112 of 131 Old 07-30-2019, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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There are several of us on here which would really like to see your BSL oil reports posted on this thread. Starting with your Motul report, if you would please.

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post #113 of 131 Old 07-30-2019, 12:25 PM
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PaddyD,
There are several of us on here which would really like to see your BSL oil reports posted on this thread. Starting with your Motul report, if you would please.
I'm just getting started with this little experiment, but the Motul report is here on page 11 of this thread. It's a new engine and unfortunately, I never have the opportunity to just go out and rack up miles on it so this will no doubt be a long drawn out process. I will post up each report as they come though. The Motul didn't impress me much considering the cost and with such low miles how badly it sheared..

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post #114 of 131 Old 07-30-2019, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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I recon that I had already forgotten your post of it.

I will say that the Motul oil shear is exactly in-line with my reports with the Kawasaki 10W40. But yeah, I'm using common petroleum vs your synthetic. But like BSL says, 'its normal' with shared transmission motorcycles.

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post #115 of 131 Old 08-29-2019, 06:21 PM
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Here is my first oil sample report. A lot of miles on the oil, but it's only 4 months of riding. Will do the next oil change at 3000 and submit another sample. Obviously, the aluminum wear number is high and I have no idea why that is.



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post #116 of 131 Old 08-29-2019, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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chrider, I might suggest that you remove the valve cover and inspect the camshaft bearings for wear and clearance with Plasti-Gage.

You might consider installing KLX650 banjo bolts #92150-1641 or drilling 2, 1/8th inch holes thru the existing banjo bolts of the oil delivery pipe if bearing surfaces or Plasti-Gage shows some wear.

I don't think any company makes Aluminum driven clutch plates for a KLR, do they? What can you tell us about your engine balancer chain & the adjuster, aka the doo-hickey? Balancer chain rubbing the engine case could also explain the Aluminum ppm.

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post #117 of 131 Old 08-29-2019, 10:31 PM
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I think the clutch plates are original. The Doo was adjusted 6k miles ago. I'll do that again tonight. It was replaced and an EM torsion spring installed about 14k miles ago.

Valve clearance was checked and adjusted 10k miles ago. At the time I didn't see any wear on the camshaft bearings, but I did not measure the bearing clearance. I'll do that in the next few weeks.

Is there a chance to get aluminum in the oil if I were to loose one of those washers/spacers while replacing the doohickey? I don't think I did, but I could have screwed that up.

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[QUOTE=chrider;688353

Is there a chance to get aluminum in the oil if I were to loose one of those washers/spacers while replacing the doohickey? I don't think I did, but I could have screwed that up.

Martin[/QUOTE]

That seems a little unlikely to me.

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post #119 of 131 Old 08-29-2019, 10:45 PM
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Glad to hear. I started worrying about that a bit after reading all the trouble that some have gotten into with that.

I'll check those cam bearings, and get another oil sample on the next oil change.
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Very useful thread. Thanks to all that contributed. Iíll start analyzing my oil as well and will post results.

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