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    Wait! Wait!!
    Do not ride! You forgot to add the 2-stroke oil. (Castor bean oil is prefered)

    Adding 2-stroke oil to 4-stoke oil makes 6-stroke oil which is obviously superior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na1g View Post
    Wait! Wait!!
    Do not ride! You forgot to add the 2-stroke oil. (Castor bean oil is prefered)

    Adding 2-stroke oil to 4-stoke oil makes 6-stroke oil which is obviously superior.

    pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicVW View Post
    My own personal experience with mineral-synthetic blending (and I know it proves nothing ) is that I had a Castrol synthetic blend oil change done on my Dodge pickup that only had 17,000 miles on it, and right after, the cam gear disintegrated causing the need for a new engine. Like I said, it proves nothing to you all, but makes me afraid to do a blend in any of my engines.
    I used to drain the old synthetic from my beemer and dump in in my oil-burning '70 Bronco (1qt/500mi) along with whatever else I had handy. That damn 302 never did die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C172MyP51 View Post

    I've often wondered what would happen if I just dumped some Rotella from WalMart into my RT. I'm kind of sick of the $50 do-it-myself oil changes!
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    My take on that.... if Rotella is good enough for $20,000+ diesel engines, it will be just fine in my RT.

    Have a god friend who has an expensive Honda Goldwing GL-1800 and he swears by the 20/50W Rotella. Most of the Honda Goldwing boys use Rotella. Guess there must be something to it?

    Would is use it, not sure! Al depends if it meets the require manufacturer API specification.
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    Shell Rotella;

    Yes, the KLR.net crowd swears by the stuff too! 1000s of bikers use the Rotella label, 15w40 in their bikes. I also own diesels and the Shell Rotella product is first rate for a very long time now. Chevron also makes the equivilant in its Delo400. I had not heard the GW crowd and Rotella link before. Not surprised. WE go 20000m too on the BIG diesels and my F350 diesel goes 10000m on a change easy. Randy

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    Whether or not one group or another recommends a particular oil is meaningless. Better oils should result in less long term wear everything else being equal. But, are the test conditions equal? If I put mineral oil in my 1800 or KLR650 and the average trip is 200 miles versus $13/qt. synthetic in the same bike but avg. trip is 10 miles, which engine do you think will last longer or run better at 100k miles?
    How do these guys that give the thumbs up to a particular oil know it's okay or better? I'll bet they say they can feel the difference.
    Rotella T 15W40 is probably good but remember these truck engines run at 2000 rpm all day and have 30 qts. in the crankcase. Thus only one start from cold and then many miles. How do you compare that to a bike?

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    Wow.....that was entertaining. Thanks.

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    I always have a small amount of 75-90w gear oil left over, so why not add that to the mix as well!

    What Paul G. said...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 51AM View Post
    2 qts Castrol 20-50 4T Mineral. 1 qt Mobil 15-50 syn, 1qt Castrol 4T racing 10-40 syn,
    Is there a specific reason you would run 16.25 W 47.25 oil?
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    Let me get this straight, everyone. Some folks will spend thousands of bucks on their ride, and then get cheap with their oil? Absolutely friggin' amazing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwestly View Post
    Let me get this straight, everyone. Some folks will spend thousands of bucks on their ride, and then get cheap with their oil? Absolutely friggin' amazing...
    The cheapest thing on a BMW rides on the seat.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by der verge View Post
    The cheapest thing on a BMW rides on the seat.....
    after spending hundreds of dollars on a custom leather seat.

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    Hey, I resemble that!
    We Scots aren't cheap, we're thrifty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na1g View Post
    Hey, I resemble that!
    We Scots aren't cheap, we're thrifty.

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    Buy a Honda...

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