Synthetic Oil ?????
Posted February 24, 2004 - 06:49 PM
Posted February 24, 2004 - 08:46 PM
It's not how good the oil is, it's how good your filter is. The clutch sharing oil with a piston/valves etc. makes me nervous.
You know I was also at first but now that I've owned three 4xx's and they've all been solid in the oil related items (oil consumption, bearing failure, etc.)I'm not so concerned. I don't think it's really an issue as long as you change the oil regularly. Heck my buddy's brand new CRF uses more oil than any of my WR's ever did. Frankly I'd be more worried about only having 650cc's of oil in the crankcase . Every XR ever made runs the clutch and the crank in the same oil and you know how bulletproof they are.
Posted February 25, 2004 - 02:29 AM
I changed the oil last night. I put Shell Rotella 15w40 in the bike, also put the same in my wifes little TTR125LE. I discovered that I need a bike stand worse than what I thought. I've got Pit Bulls for my street bike, but nada for the WR. What are some good lift stands that have the hole in them for drain plug access???
Also, I am seriously looking into some Radiator and frame protection for the bike.
Posted February 25, 2004 - 03:04 AM
I looked real hard at the radiator last night. It is just hangin' out there waiting to be banged up!!!!!
Posted February 25, 2004 - 04:31 AM
What I did was unbolt the aluminum line from the side of the engine. This allowed me to rotate (or twist)the whole bottom line while I pulled the hose free. This worked great and only involved a few more fasteners. Just make sure the o-rings are in their proper place before reattaching the line back to the engine.
My strainer had just a few shavings of metal, some aluminum and some steel. But they were barely large enough to get caught by the screen. The oil filter looked very clean.
Posted February 26, 2004 - 08:05 AM
Posted February 26, 2004 - 10:15 AM
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Posted February 26, 2004 - 12:43 PM
HOLESHOT426- or anyone else who might know..i was using the shell rotella 15/40..i just recently switched to the fully synthetic rotella..the 5/40...i would really like to continue using this, but my concern is that in the summer it may be to thin..here in NC we get some hot summers..Do you think i can use the 5/40 all year??? Or would you switch to a different oil for the summer?? I would really rather just stick with this oil, instead of worrying about switching oils for the summer. Thanks for any help.
I run Castrol ACT-EVO 10w40 year-round in my air-cooled FJ1200...even during the 110F+ summer days! No problems, it prob'ly lubricates better than 20w50 because it pumps easier....
Posted February 26, 2004 - 01:26 PM
Posted February 27, 2004 - 02:43 AM
I know I read they were an 1/8" thick and pretty much enclose the entire radiator. Hopefully it'll work out alright. I ordered the FLR Skid Plate too.
Posted February 27, 2004 - 05:38 AM
Posted March 06, 2004 - 05:28 PM