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    Default 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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    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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    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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    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.
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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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    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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    i have been using valvoline 20w-50 for about 7 years with no problems at all.
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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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    I use mobile 1 4t it works great. I was under the impression 20w 50 is to heavy for a water cooled bike. Maybe my impression is wrong who knows
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-Beast Driver View Post
    The only problem with Valvoline is that it's really lousy on pancakes!

    I use Amsoil myself!
    But it looks like it would be delicious on pancakes!

    I deliver motor oils for a living, I can't tell you how many times after unhooking the hose and watching a stream of oil drip, I've said "that looks like it would be delicious on my pancakes" to the receiver.
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