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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 03-08-2019, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Best oil for Vulcan 900

Okay I’ve had my 900 for about 6 months now. I’ve made two oil changes first was with Mobil 1 10w-40 I had that oil in for about 500 miles due to wanting to flush out the engine a bit considering bike was low mileage and a bit old. With Mobil 1 I experienced clunky shifts for the first 20 minutes of riding. Second change was valvoline 10w-40 full synthetic with this oil I don’t get clunky shifts when the bike is cold but really clunky down shifts. Want to try other oils and want to know what you guys have experienced with others and witch work best.
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Yikes - not another oil thread! Use Custom Search at the upper right of this page to get a kazillion opinions, such as: https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/...q=engine%20oil

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any of the diesel oils like shell rotella 15w40 diesel or delvac 15w40 diesel are good cause of higher phosphates in them which is good for bearings protection and gear wear

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any of the diesel oils like shell rotella 15w40 diesel or delvac 15w40 diesel are good cause of higher phosphates in them which is good for bearings protection and gear wear
I would not use the diesel oils any longer as they have changed their formulation and no longer carry a "spark engine" API rating such as SN.
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Okay I’ve had my 900 for about 6 months now. I’ve made two oil changes first was with Mobil 1 10w-40 I had that oil in for about 500 miles due to wanting to flush out the engine a bit considering bike was low mileage and a bit old. With Mobil 1 I experienced clunky shifts for the first 20 minutes of riding. Second change was valvoline 10w-40 full synthetic with this oil I don’t get clunky shifts when the bike is cold but really clunky down shifts. Want to try other oils and want to know what you guys have experienced with others and witch work best.
I have used: Rotella T6, Castrol, Quicksilver, Mobil 1, Quaker State, Delvac, Penzoil and others I can't remember right now. I am not a slave to any brand. I use repetitively what I find to produce the best shifting, with no clutch slipping, that is print labeled for motorcycles, that is easy to obtain and is not too pricey.

I am currently using Wal-mart Full Synthetic 10w-40 SuperTech Motorcycle oil
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A Hyundai 26300-35504 oil filter that is made by Mann that meets/exceeds the specs for the VN900 and that I can easily get from a Hyundai dealer that is near me, for $6.00 each.

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And I replace the 12mm crush washer every time I change the oil and I clean the oil screen every other oil change.


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I use Castrol Power 1 4T 10W-50 in my 900. This viscosity range is acceptable according to the manual. I live and ride in Texas and need to cover a very broad temp range.
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Hello I use Motul 3000 4T10-W40 and Bosch 3300 oil filter and the bike is does not clunk all that much only occasionally but I guess most bike do
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I've used Castrol 4T, Amsoil motorcycle oil and I'm currently going to try Motul 7100 this spring. All of them are 10-40

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