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    Mixing Oils

    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Kent -

    That website specifically states Mobil 1 viscosities. I wouldn't have any issue with using oils from the same manufacturer. But is it a universal truth that any oil, any viscosity, dino/synth can be mixed? I would doubt it.
    Good question and I'll acknowledge here that I don't know the answer to that question but would rely on the guidance from the chemical companies that produce these products. I only referenced the feedback provided by Mobil on their Mobil 1 product -- you would need to direct questions regarding your specific product and issue to the chemical company that produces that product -- for me that is the one (and only) trusted source.

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    Oil Myths & Facts

    Folks, please look to the column on the left of this link for a number of interesting facts regarding mineral and synthetic oils (no, I don't work for Exxon-Mobil): http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/...Motor_Oil.aspx

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    Certainly you check the oil containers to insure it is all of the same batch. That would be the same difference as using a partial container would it not?

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    May be we should start here: http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/motor-oil-101/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ponch1 View Post
    Der Kaiser came close with post #32, but with the above post, please mark the beginning of a full-blown oil thread.

    It's winter, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Der Kaiser came close with post #32, but with the above post, please mark the beginning of a full-blown oil thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ponch1 View Post
    Barely in Arizona.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 35634 View Post
    Don't think there is any harm mixing dino and synthetic. I mixed 50-50 10-30 Mobil 1 and Castrol 20-50 to make a 15-40 winter blend for my Ural. I just try not to stray too far from the recommended weights for the vehicle. But I always manage to use up leftovers by topping off the van or VW with whatever.
    Dang I love oil threads. Just curious how you know that you make a 15w40 by mixing those oils? You cannot create different viscosities by mixing in that way. The oil will blend together but the molecules will stay in their designed state in regards to viscosities. Mixing different viscosities of a high quality oil will not hurt anything but you should make sure that the viscosity that your using fits within the specifications of the manufacturer. This is not an opinion.

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    +1 to the previous response. Creating a specific viscosity range is not a simple matter of blending different vicsosity oils to make the "new" viscosity. Takes a lot more than simple mixing to produce a viscosity range. The entire process of determining a specific viscosity range involves a lot of proof testing.

    Detrimental? Maybe, maybe not. If your bike is under warranty yet, I'd bet mixing your own viscosity "range" would not fall under the manufacturer's recommended practice and they could wipe their hands from a warranty claim. Its not a simple as saying the manufaturer cannot tell you WHICH brand of oil to use.

    In a pinch in the middle of nowhere I'd do it, because almost any oil is better than no oil.

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    Some people mix oil and others don't. Some people use synthetic while others use dino. In all of the oil theads, nobody seems to have a problem with their choice and nothing bad happens. DOES IT REALLY MATTER?
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    I tried mixing olive oil and canola oil once...didn't like the taste!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdt650 View Post
    I tried mixing olive oil and canola oil once...didn't like the taste!
    Very good!!!

    Might I suggest a different combination of greens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osbornk View Post
    Some people mix oil and others don't. Some people use synthetic while others use dino. In all of the oil theads, nobody seems to have a problem with their choice and nothing bad happens. DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

    Yes, otherwise we would not have OIL THREADS
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    3 pages on a simple question, must be winter and an oil thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cycleman2 View Post
    3 pages on a simple question, must be winter and an oil thread.
    Just shows everyone has an opinion...or two!!
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