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post #1 of 12 Old 11-21-2008, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Synthetic, Blend or Conventional oil

I'm using regular oil right now. My bike runs a little hot and I live in AZ. What should I be using. I've heard mixed opinions but i wanted to ask other KLR riders. I'm leaning towards a blend.... help....
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-21-2008, 10:31 PM
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Dino or syn?
Hmmm.

Well,If you ride mostly street and a little off road,syn is probably what I would run.I run syn in the Tiger because it's usually riden on some kinda road
with very little actual offroad.

I run dino in the klr for off road and change it every 2500 miles unless it needs it sooner.

Now here is (my) reason for runnin the two different oils

Syn... Runs cooler and doesn't degrade,just picks up engine grime and I can
run it for longer distances between changes.Very little chance of creating
a chance for a stress leak.

Dino...The main reason I run this is if I cause a leak,or a gasket starts leakin,it will gum up or clot at the leak slowing it down.Syn will run out like water once a leak develops.I ride it alot off road or very rural areas.The chance for water or dirt is greater in the klr than the tiger.Now if I was riding mostly road,I would run syn oil.

So the main difference for me is that the syn will drain immediately,while the dino will not.Barring of course a gaping hole in the case

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That's a lame reason sound's like an enviromentalist statement. lol
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post #4 of 12 Old 11-22-2008, 06:05 AM
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synthetic

dino is good, blend id better, synthetic is best.

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I doubt you'll get too many opinions on this topic. ha!
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-22-2008, 08:29 AM
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That's a lame reason sound's like an enviromentalist statement. lol

I figured on at least one response along those lines.
So I will clarify just a little.
Dino oil will saturate dirt,mud along the line of a leaking gasket,etc where
synthetic will not.Thus holding the leak at a slower rate till you may be lucky enough to get out to a road,access point,yada,yada,yada.Of coarse,if it's bad enough,nothing but JB weld may help
Just a thought.If that's not true about the oils,then please let us know.


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Will synthetic create a leak?
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-22-2008, 11:53 AM
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Will synthetic create a leak?
No.It wil not cause a leak

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post #9 of 12 Old 11-24-2008, 05:32 PM
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No.It wil not cause a leak

It did on my 1992 BMW R100RS, and contaminated my dry clutch..

Dino Rotella for all my toys..
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post #10 of 12 Old 11-24-2008, 07:51 PM
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Hey Paper,How ya been?
Just curious,mainly 'cause I run syn in the Tiger (wet clutch)Even though you know that,how did it cause a leak?I know the molecular structure of syn,for all practical purposes is perfectly spherical,the heat expansion is minimal.The only way I can come up with a leak is seperation of a gasket/seam thru thermal expansion/contraction? Always lookin to learn quirks of bikes

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