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I have 2500 miles on my '03 1600. Are there advantages to changing to synthetic oil? If so, when?

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i would wait till atleast 5k. i changed over on my first zrx at 2500 or so and ended up burning some oil (about a pint a week) im gonna wait till 5k this time to switch over to my favorite oil (YAMALUBE).
synthetic takes heat/abuse better etc. if you change the oil regularly theres really no need for synthetic. :wink:
 

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Synthetic oil makes your bike run cooler. I plan to switch at 4000 miles.

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I switched to synthetic at my 4k change
 

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CSA2lt said:
I have 2500 miles on my '03 1600. Are there advantages to changing to synthetic oil? If so, when?

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Your engine will run cooler as there will be less friction and the synthetic oil will adhere to your engine parts giving you better protection for your cylinders when you start up.
 

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Bud,

I went with Golden Spectro 4. Its a synthetic/Petroleum mix actually. I haven't done any research on it but when speaking with the service manager at my local dealer, he said it is what he uses in his bike and unless specified by owners what they put in at the dealership for their oil changes.
 

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thanks spock..gonna go syn on my next oil change
 

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Hey guys one other thing . You won't want to use synthetic oil that is rated energy conserving on the back , Has something to do with the clutch plates slipping ( reduced friction) Someone else will confirm this I'm sure, as it's been brought up before on other forums.
 

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woodchuck's is correct-no energy savers

i switch at 5k on my bikes :wink:
 

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not only no energy savers, but make sure to use sunthetic BIKE oil. people have used sysnthetic car oil in bikes and burned out the clutches. don't ask me to explain why, just going on what my bike mechanic told me. i also agree with 2500 being too early. going to change mine to synthetic this week with just over 7k on the ticker.
 

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THere's alot of good synthic car oil out there that's been used in vulcan's, with good results. Mobil 1 red cap what I use an have for years, with no adverse effect . It definitely makes the bike shift better. You can get it at walmart for 18 bucks a gallon. Amsoil is another good brand. Having an oil related engine failer from synthic or dino oil is rare as long as you change it regularly. When was the last time you heard of or know someone that had an oil related problem ??
 

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I switched at 1000. Went with Kawasaki 10w-40 that's made for them by Motul but $2.00 a quart less than if you buy it under the Motul label.
 

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amsoil is really catching on around here - have not seen any in the kawi's
yet but alot of road star and volusia owners are using it and like it :wink:
 

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Why wait?

Why do you wait until 4K-7K miles to switch to synthetic? This is an educational question for me so I do this right. Just getting a Drifter delivered this week (zero miles on it) and I want to make sure I take care of her properly.

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i have an 04 1600 classic. switched to synthetic at 600 mile service. hasn't burned a drop, fuel economy the same, and shifts slick as owl [email protected]! i use mobil-1 V-TWIN oil as it meets the specs found in the user manual. can be purched at autozone for 8-9 dollas a quart. i have talked to many people on both sides of the fence about when to switch. basically when your comfortable to do it. some cars now come from the factory with mobile-1. break in on motors these days isn't what it used to be. ride safe. :D
 

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I'm a do it yourself and save kind of guy, I don't like paying someone to do something I can and WANT to do for myself but where do I get the oil?
I've heard some say you can use auto oil if it's not the energy rate version. I know I can go to the local dealer here, but frankly they're pricks! And I know they're going to overcharge for everything. So where does a guy get motorcycle oil?
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Re: Why wait?

jroskelley said:
Why do you wait until 4K-7K miles to switch to synthetic?
the reasoning behind waiting till that milage is so that you know all parts (rings/cylinder walls esp.) are worn/matched wear together (tranny gears etc)
i changed over to YAMALUBE semi-synthetic in my ZRX at 2500miles and ended up using about a 1/2 quart or so every 1000miles. ill be switching at 5k this time.
 

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AHH --the dreaded oil thread . I changed out at 1000 miles an a 14,000 miles doesn't burn a drop , also broke it in like I stole it , that was the fun part.<g> You can also buy filters at walmart that have been tested an examined an found to be just as good . price 2or3 bucks.
 

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Ah, the oil issues...why bother with what you KNOW works??

I use Kaw 10-40 as the manual states and Kaw filters...fill to the middle of the window and change every 2000 miles. Got 21K on my ride and at every change, the oil is still centered in the window, no consumption to measure.

Now tell me WHY would I change? :?: And don't tell me about going longer between changes...synthetic oil will not keep clutch abrasives from scouring a motor if left to build up by going longer between changes. Filters only do so much.

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