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post #41 of 49 Old 04-16-2020, 02:48 AM
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Meaningless, irrelevant anecdote follows:

Maybe, BENEATH Raylube! A co-worker of mine worked as a teen-ager in a Guadalupe, CA, service station. Each can of each quart of oil added to each customer's engine was up-ended over a tray, to drain, as the residue from the can was collected.

The population of Guadalupe, at the time, included a large segment of agricultural workers who didn't always have an abundant supply of ready cash to buy motor oil, and other things. A customer might not even have the 79 cents Thrifty Drug (LOVED their radio ad jingle!) list price per quart. When asked if cheaper oil were available, the station attendant would quote a lower price. If that discounted price was still too high, the figure would be scaled down again. This customer-centric negotiation continued until an affordable price was reached for the salvaged oil.

My service station attendant friend grasped the economics of the transaction: WHATEVER the final selling price might have been, it was pure, full, 100 % PROFIT! Thus, every sale was satisfactory and not to be missed on any pricing issue, for the station's bottom line.

EVERY brand and viscosity, of course, existed in the final mix. No matter to the desperate motorists who wanted to keep their vehicles on the road. No Internet then, so no oil threads, minutely dissecting the composition and operational effects of various engine lubricants used.

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EDIT: Correcting, the jingle I liked was from Thriftimart, not Thrifty Drug:

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EVERY DAYS A SPECIAL DAY AT THRIFTIMART
EVERY DAYS A SPECIAL DAY FOR YOU
WHAT EVER YOU PUT IN YOUR SHOPPING CART
YOU'LL SAVE AND SAVE AT THRIFTIMART...

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post #42 of 49 Old 04-16-2020, 09:54 AM
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I have been very satisfied with all of the oils I have used over the years including:
Kawasaki oil
Suzuki oil
Quaker State
Pennzoil
Valvoline
Texaco, and
Shell Rotella 4T

All were 10w30, except for Rotella

Just keep it full. Otherwise, it really doesn't much matter to me.

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I run 10w 40 thinking about switching to 10w 30 to reduce oil consumption. Anyone have any feedback for 10w 30 and oil consumption?
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post #43 of 49 Old 04-16-2020, 10:49 AM
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I run 10w 40 thinking about switching to 10w 30 to reduce oil consumption. Anyone have any feedback for 10w 30 and oil consumption?
From Post # 8 above, doubt it would matter. I think, in general, excessive oil consumption might be attributed to factors other than viscosity. YMMV!


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post #44 of 49 Old 04-16-2020, 12:18 PM
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It's mostly high RPM (over 5k) highway when it burns oil.
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post #45 of 49 Old 04-16-2020, 01:01 PM
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You can fix that pretty easily with @pdwestman's oil mods.

https://www.souperdoo.com/stuff%20th...ht-oil-burning

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post #46 of 49 Old 04-16-2020, 01:07 PM
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post #47 of 49 Old 04-16-2020, 07:54 PM
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You can fix that pretty easily with @pdwestman's oil mods.

https://www.souperdoo.com/stuff%20th...ht-oil-burning
I'll suggest, that Maybe you can reduce that oil consumption. It depends on a lot of things.
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post #48 of 49 Old 04-20-2020, 08:22 PM
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Cookie : You ain't gonna get any nouveau, amandine, thin crust, bottled water, sauteed city food. Food's brown, hot, and plenty of it.

Kinda my feeling with oil and the KLR. I just keep her fed, she don't need fancy.
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post #49 of 49 Old 04-29-2020, 10:31 PM
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I suggest “motor oil”. Some have tried heating, fork, cooking, crude, chili, vegetable etc. Stick with motor oil!!!
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