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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-20-2015, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Oil and filter

I know there are a thousand threads on this, after reading through 976 of them I made an e ecutive decision and bought a Mobil 1 m1-100 filter and Castrol edge synthetic 5w-40 oil along with royal purple 75w30 synthetic for the diff. Does anyone have any thoughts on any of this?

I have no idea what was put in the bike up until now, but at the least I'd like to start treating her nice from here on in...

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Bump.. anyone? gonna do my oil changes this week and would like to be sure these oils will do the trick.
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eg75,

That is automotive oil...
I'd stay away from it due to your wet clutch and use motorcycle specific oil...
Friction modifiers will make your clutch slip...

You said you read 976 threads though ???
Really ???

Just the opposite with oil filters...
Motorcycle specific filters Ssuuucckk !!!

I use the Purolator PL14610 or PL14612...
The Bosch equivalents are excellent also.

I know nothing of availability in Canada but I would use Valvoline 4T Motorcycle 10 40 or Mobil One 4T 10 40...
If you want a 5 40 then get Shell Rotella T6...
Any good motorcycle oil should be rated as JASO MA or MA2 ...

I have done a TON of research, trust me, I never saw Castrol Edge recommended for a motorcycle.

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Thanks man, appreciate the info, I'll return this stuff and look for some of those reccomendations.
How about for gear oil? Royal Purple 75w90 for the diff? any thoughts?
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I know nothing of the Royal Purple stuff except it's expensive...
I'm sure it's excellent though...

The Mobil 1 or Valvoline full synthetic is half the cost and probably as good or better...
I got a deal on the Valvoline at Advance Auto so that's what is in mine now.
About 9 bucks on the deal...

I will give you a hint in changing the rear diff...
Leave the bike on the side stand for the whole procedure...

Keeps the fluid off the cast wheels...any oil contact on those wheels needs to be washed off immediately !!!
Also when refilling, it keeps the oil level just a tad low which allows for any expansion and may lower the pressure on the seals...

Have you been on the Vulcan Gadget webpage ???

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nope I have not... I havent owned a bike in over 5 years and just bought a 2006 nomad last week. It's at the shop getting some stuff done but plan on doing the fluids/brakes myself this week when I bring her home.
Wonder how much that advance would charge to ship to canada, man it's hard to find good oils here, canadiantire has a hidden mini shelf with 1 or 2, I guess I can go to a bike shop but theyll charge a fortune.
Thanks for the hint on the diff, havent dont it before that's super helpful!
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I've read several posts claiming this oil is good for our bikes.



Shell Rotella T6 Synthetic Diesel Motor Oil, 5 L

Specifically this one, the blue bottle...
But is says "Diesel Motor Oil" and that makes me wonder...

Any thoughts?
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Several members here swear by it...
It's JASO MA rated...
No friction modifiers either so it's OK for your wet clutch...

I'd use it...
Your scooter won't know it's diesel oil...it can't read !!!

Actually was going to try some then I found the deal on the Valvoline 4T 10w 40 ...

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Awesome I will! Thanks bud!
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1. Check/fill oil level with bike perpendicular to ground, not on stand.
2. Final drive is vented, so no need to keep oil level low.
3. GL-5 gear oil will work fine.
4. Replace plug, roll bike back and forth a little, then recheck level.

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