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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have problems with Valvoline Oil?

On the last (first since I bought the bike) oil change I used Valvoline MC oil (made for wet clutches). The standard "slip" of the clutch is WAY worse. I wanted to know if anyone else has experienced this, and if so, what are you using now?

I ordered a new MTC clutch and steel rings because before the oil change it would slip occasionally. Since this oil change, it seems I can't give it full throttle without slipping in any gear.

I plan on changing the oil again when I change the clutch.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 11:26 AM
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i've never used it on my x i use amsoil. but i did use it all the time on my yamaha raptor and it worked great.

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It's not the oil, it's the clutch. You've found the VTXs weakest link in the drivetrain.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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I know that it is spike, but it literally got WAY worse and I think it happened when I changed the oil.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 12:09 PM
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did you do anything else?
I put on the wide clutch lever and suddenly the clutch started slipping.

Examining the lever the new one's rest anvil was just a touch deeper than the
stock. I ground that back and everything was fine.
Just saying that sometimes it is not the obvious!!!

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 12:26 PM
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If it was really oil recommended for wet clutch motorcycles, then it shouldn't make that much difference. Try an oil and filter change with Shell Rotella full synthetic. Run it for a couple hundred miles, then change the oil and filter again.

Odds are it is something mechanical verses just your oil.

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use 20 w 50 and it will improve the clutch issues.

Not synthetic

synthetic is more slippery than conventional oil.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Well even though I just changed it, now that I am changing the clutch (draining the oil) I am going to do a fluid/filter change. Will report back on what I find out.

And no, nothing else changed.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 06:55 PM
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i have been using valvoline 20w-50 for about 7 years with no problems at all.

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 11:15 PM
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The only problem with Valvoline is that it's really lousy on pancakes!

I use Amsoil myself!
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