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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-10-2019, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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the infamous oil change

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so I have an 05 1300 and the clymer manual just says SAE 10w30 does it matter if I get a typical oil or does it need to be motorcycle specific I have searched YouTube and google and most say it doesn't really matter only difference is price in my area choices on motorcycle oil are very slim and very expensive I'm getting ready to put my girl up for the winter and wanted to do an oil change first.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-10-2019, 01:19 PM
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Any automotive oil that has the "Energy Conserving" seal on it will likely make you clutch slip and wear. Any oil that is JASO-MA rated will be fine for your wet clutch. Many here use Shell Rotella diesel oil as it is JASO-MA rated and is good oil at a good price. Some run automotive 10W40 as it generally is not Energy Conserving. Most 10W30 automotive oils, though, will be Energy Conserving, so really, unsuitable for use in a wet clutch application.


As far as I know, these bikes are better off with 10W40 anyway.


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thank you that helps alot I have seen that shell diesel around but never thought I could put it in my bike
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thank you that helps alot I have seen that shell diesel around but never thought I could put it in my bike
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Any automotive oil that has the "Energy Conserving" seal on it will likely make you clutch slip and wear. Any oil that is JASO-MA rated will be fine for your wet clutch. Many here use Shell Rotella diesel oil as it is JASO-MA rated and is good oil at a good price. Some run automotive 10W40 as it generally is not Energy Conserving. Most 10W30 automotive oils, though, will be Energy Conserving, so really, unsuitable for use in a wet clutch application.


As far as I know, these bikes are better off with 10W40 anyway.


THIS! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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THIS! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Nothing more to see or discuss...
sorry not totally dead yet
should I go with the 10w30 or the 15w40 on the rotella?
I can only find rotella 10w40 at home depot but its in available and it says energy saving right on the bottle so dont want that right?

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unavailable at home depot but says I can order it

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sorry not totally dead yet
should I go with the 10w30 or the 15w40 on the rotella?
I can only find rotella 10w40 at home depot but its in available and it says energy saving right on the bottle so dont want that right?

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I have never seen any 10-40 labeled as "Energy saving", never a Rotella as 10-40

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Now would be a good time to use a synthetic with the colder weather.
Rotella T6, flows better in the engine oil galley when cold compared to 15-40.
I have used a lot of 15-40, Chevron, Mobil and Shell Diesel engine oil.
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Clean your glasses.

Check your eyes.

I have never seen any 10-40 labeled as "Energy saving", never a Rotella as 10-40



1900 Home Depot stores, 2900 Wally World with auto center stores and numerous auto parts places and numerous truck stops.



Now would be a good time to use a synthetic with the colder weather.

Rotella T6, flows better in the engine oil galley when cold compared to 15-40.

I have used a lot of 15-40, Chevron, Mobil and Shell Diesel engine oil.
no need to be rude I just saw what I saw on line
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https://www.homedepot.com/p/ROTELLA-...9907/204999686

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