WR450 oil recommendation
Posted November 12, 2010 - 04:01 AM
I am curious as to what oil is recommended for my WR450.
Posted November 12, 2010 - 07:55 AM
Posted November 12, 2010 - 08:36 AM
You will hear oil arguments for days, usually based on extremely un-scientific statements like "I never had any problem with it," but I've never seen an oil related failure from any bike that changed the oil at reasonable intervals, using any type of oil. Modern oils are very good.
I was around a bike that used the supposedly evil energy-conserving oils, in this case 5-30, in his clutch side for years, and shockingly, it ran great with no clutch slippage. I don't specifically recommend it, just because you can easily buy the correct weight, but don't lose sleep over oil.
Posted November 12, 2010 - 02:36 PM
Posted November 13, 2010 - 06:45 PM
Posted November 13, 2010 - 10:37 PM
There is the possibility my situation is related to the weight difference in oil, and the fact I am still riding in late October, and now November! The temperatures are getting down to 50 degrees or lower. My jetting is also of course potentially affected by this. Either way, I must say that a week later, with only minor power changes, the difference between castrol syntec and rotella was very apparant. Whether it's brand or oil weight is the new question.
Also, in regards to rotella Synthetic, I'm pretty sure that stuff isnt at all like the dino oil (non-syn) version, and it has additives and other factors that make it a bit too slippery for wet clutch environments. I'd of course love to see evidence stating otherwise, as Being able to go 5w40 may cure my cold winter low end power blues!