2009 450X - Recommendations for a good engine/transmission oil?
Posted September 09, 2010 - 11:07 AM
Posted September 09, 2010 - 11:47 PM
The only thing i would recommend is just using a good Synthetic oil , and changing it once in a while , just dont let it get dirty , that is when you start getting excessive engine wear , but not every ride or even every 2 or 3 rides , that is just a waste of money as far as i am concerned
Posted September 10, 2010 - 05:33 AM
Posted September 10, 2010 - 05:52 AM
If you want quality, it won't be .79c a quart, and if you change every ride, you'll go through a lot of it. This equals spending a lot of money.
For you to reach your goal, something has to change about how you are going about it.
I recommend oil analysis. Google it, but one good outfit is Blackstone Labs, http://www.blackston...CFcpS2godIUeVJA
Motorcycle specifics: http://www.blackston.../motorcycle.php
An inexpensive analysis (~$25) will show you where you and your oil is, and how you can efficiently manage your change intervals. Like others have mentioned, you are most likely well within spec for taking care of your engine with 2-3 changes a year.
In any case, locate an analysis outfit of your choosing, and use it for the peace of mind. Isn't that why you change after each ride?
Posted September 10, 2010 - 06:31 AM
Posted September 10, 2010 - 05:54 PM
I use amsoil motercycle 10w40 with zink, great stuff- iv never laid a wrench other than valve adjustments on any engine iv owned, mostly due to not hitting the rev limiter and changeing the oil.
my friends blow everythign up, its sick (no pun) even a friggin yamaha rino 660 in the dunes! somehow they blew the big end threw the case, the only way i can imagen this happening was the thing was on its side or upside down (efi) while revved up- anyway- $900 in parts and a week of my evenings wasted
Posted September 10, 2010 - 06:37 PM
Common Sense and as needed maintainance and cleanliness is key to engine life , i dont change the oil every ride , not even close and my engine has lasted 4 years , and will most likely last 4 more , someone hitting the rev limiter while a vehicle is upside down deserves a high repair bill !
Posted September 11, 2010 - 05:32 AM
Posted September 11, 2010 - 05:26 PM
If the bike is getting dirty, so is the oil. The aircleaner is a good guage of how much dirt is getting into the oil. If it's dirty at all, change it, and the oil. That is how I guage my oil change intervals. Never more than three rides no matter what, but every ride if the bike is filthy.
Exactly right in my opinion, unless you ride street and never get dusty or dirty.
I also send an oil sample in to CAT machinery once or twice a year it is similar to the analysis posted above
Posted September 13, 2010 - 06:51 AM
Posted October 10, 2010 - 07:25 AM
I change my oil every three rides(about 250 miles) and alway put in a new oil filter
Posted October 11, 2010 - 03:38 AM