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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 09-15-2012, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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Amsoil winter storage, drive away in spring.

Bob,
I'm certain I asked this question before, so here goes again. What's your opinion on storing my bike on Amsoil....then simply starting next season with the same oil. Couldn't bear to wade through all the oil threads.....
Opinions please?
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What's your opinion on storing my bike on Amsoil....then simply starting next season with the same oil.
It seems a waste to change the oil before and after storage as some proclaim to. I run my bike some after changing to a lighter grade oil before storage and then in the spring throw the battery back in and go. Storage time is shorter than ever these days, middle of December to the beginning of March. Lot of peeps will disagree with this but I don't give a sh*t.
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I'm assuming you're talking about Bob the Amsoil rep?

I know he stores his bike with the Amsoil he runs and then changes it at the beginning of the season.

Oil breaks down from moisture and acids and other nasty junk. I think you're better off doing it backwards- leave your premium synthetic oil in (I would change it if you were just running petroleum oil. That breaks down even faster) and then change it in the spring.

There's a reason there's also a time duration mixed with mileage duration in oil and engine manufacturers recommendations (whether it's 3, 6, or 12 months). Oil breaks down once the bottle is opened. If you start your bike up in the spring with moisture and other junk-logged oil that's 6 months old, then you aren't going to have the protection you would have if you changed it.

This kind of stuff won't blow your engine up immediately. That's why most people ignore it. But once it's got some miles on it, failing to store properly, letting the oil sit too long, having too long of intervals for the type of oil you're using, and so on and so forth- will cause components to fail prematurely or cause the engine to need to be rebuilt sooner than it should.

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yeah, bob,the amsoil rep.....pretty sure amsoil can be stored on...and then driven in spring (without changing again)....I think amsoil and maybe mobil are the only two to make that claim...(i could be wrong).

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It seems a waste to change the oil before and after storage as some proclaim to. I run my bike some after changing to a lighter grade oil before storage and then in the spring throw the battery back in and go. Storage time is shorter than ever these days, middle of December to the beginning of March. Lot of peeps will disagree with this but I don't give a sh*t.
storage time is shorter than ever...i like that line..lol.
I actually meant to store it...then ride it without changing again.

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It is safe to store on AMSOIL unlike Other oils.

Roman 5.8 was correct, store on AMSOIL is fine but change in the Spring.

I hear people say that all you need to do is "Drive it and the moisture will evaporate from the heat"...... Never, NEVER, do that! The oil will foam and when you have Foam, AIR, you have Lack of Lubrication.

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Thanks for the answer Bob....and the other replies as well/

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Sorry, but I'd never store my vehicles with used oil in them. Change before storage and drive away in the spring.

If the concern is condensation then its an even bigger problem with used oil because used oil contains combustion byproducts and the neutralizers to counter act acid formation from the byproducts and moisture are to some degree depleted in used oil. Its like a double whammy against protection.
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Whoaru99: While others may disagree, is also what I've always done with my bikes, riding and push mowers. Haven't failed me yet. Figure both bikes, oil and filters are better today than ever, so no worries.
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