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What brand and type of oil do you use in your Wing and why?
ZenDragon Wrote:OK, after reading ALL the posts about oil, here is what my situation is:

My wing (1987 gl1200 47k miles) sat in a garage for 1 1/2 years before I bought it. I took off the carbs and cleaned them, and had to replace the pulse generators (another fine example of how this forum can help), but not much else. It started smoking during startup. I read that since wings have horizontal cylinders, a little oil might seep past the guides and cause this. Well, recently it started smoking worse. It used to stop smoking after it warmed up a little. Not lately.

So I bought some seafoam, oil and a filter. I changed the oil and filter and put 1/2 pint of seafoam in the crankcase. NO MORE SMOKING!!!!! Is that cool or what! I know alot of you are going to say that I should take the whole thing apart and repair whatever was causing it to smoke in the first place, but I am happy with the way things have turned out. Just wanted you guys to know you helped me again!
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#46 03-10-2008, 04:43 PM,
How about Pennzoil? I have used it in all of my vehicles for 30 years with great sucess. Which weight is better - 10W40 or 20W50?
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#47 03-18-2008, 06:40 PM,
I use 20/50 in the hot weather and 10/40 in the cooler weather. It works for me, my wing has 118,000 K on it.
Ride safe have fun and enjoy. Lane
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2002 Vulcan
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#48 03-18-2008, 09:45 PM,
Frankly, I don't think it really matters what type of oil you use, as long as you use oil. Can anyone ever remember hearing a credible report of an oil-related engine failure?

FWIW, I have used Castrol GTX 20/50 for about 30 years, and use it in my Goldwing, my Moto Guzzi, and my wife's Kawasaki.
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#49 03-30-2008, 08:51 AM,
Hello, and i have been going thru the Oil topics here and well ... im lost... :oops:

I just did the Oil change in my Wing, I used the Castrol Conventional Oil with no energy rating in the lower half of the little circle. What my question is... What weight should i have used, i went by the book and used 10w40 but I get a clunky shift and for some reason Neutral is now real hard to find....Though i think it might have been me using sneakers and not my boots as normal... Also I am using Seafoam in the Tank and the oil.... I also as an FYI got the deep creep from them and fixed 3 of my 4 rusted craftsman ratchets...


So What weight oil should i run... it appears syn or dino doesnt make make much of a difference...
Dont know if this helps but the wing has 59k on her...

Thanks...
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#50 04-20-2008, 07:51 AM,
PTK502 Wrote:Hello, and i have been going thru the Oil topics here and well ... im lost... :oops:

I just did the Oil change in my Wing, I used the Castrol Conventional Oil with no energy rating in the lower half of the little circle. What my question is... What weight should i have used, i went by the book and used 10w40 but I get a clunky shift and for some reason Neutral is now real hard to find....Though i think it might have been me using sneakers and not my boots as normal... Also I am using Seafoam in the Tank and the oil.... I also as an FYI got the deep creep from them and fixed 3 of my 4 rusted craftsman ratchets...


So What weight oil should i run... it appears syn or dino doesnt make make much of a difference...
Dont know if this helps but the wing has 59k on her...

Thanks...
Try reading Trickys post ( not the oil question) it is three posts under this one.
Ride safe have fun and enjoy. Lane
1985 Aspencade
2002 Vulcan
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#51 04-20-2008, 08:04 AM,
Ok, Sounds good... looks like i need to switch over to the 20w50, maybe even go synthetic..... but now my real question if im going Syn, do i need to go Motorcycle Oil, Auto Oil or Diesel Oil?
I have seen post here and at Steves that some are using Diesel Oil , while others are using a good 20w50...

I would really want the wing to last a while....
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#52 04-20-2008, 09:59 AM,
PTK502 Wrote:Ok, Sounds good... looks like i need to switch over to the 20w50, maybe even go synthetic..... but now my real question if im going Syn, do i need to go Motorcycle Oil, Auto Oil or Diesel Oil?
I have seen post here and at Steves that some are using Diesel Oil , while others are using a good 20w50.........

.

I really want my wing to last a while, I use bike oil that way I am sure myself that it is good for bikes. Each to their own on what brand, I use Bel-Ray EXP and find it great, you can get it a most bikes shops, Mobil 1 is good, there are many different brands but I do pay a bit more and get my oil from a bike shop. Most people don't need more than two or three oil changes it the season so I figure why cheap out in something as important as motor oil.
Ride safe have fun and enjoy. Lane
1985 Aspencade
2002 Vulcan
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#53 04-20-2008, 01:38 PM,
Bluewing,

thanks for the reply and the info... Since im stuck in work i decided to do some research on the web... Well i found that it appears that pending on what your using and what you want to spend Mobile1 seems to last the longest and maintain its structure.... though from what im gathering for my area i may want to step up to 20w50... So Im thinking of dropping the castrol and tossing in the mobil1...
I think i may have used to much seafoam in the oil anyways.. plus i have to putz with the idle again... cant seem to get it into neutral with it at 900rpms...

Thanks again!!!!!!
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#54 04-20-2008, 02:00 PM,
PTK502 Wrote:Bluewing,

thanks for the reply and the info... Since im stuck in work i decided to do some research on the web... Well i found that it appears that pending on what your using and what you want to spend Mobile1 seems to last the longest and maintain its structure.... though from what im gathering for my area i may want to step up to 20w50... So Im thinking of dropping the castrol and tossing in the mobil1...
I think i may have used to much seafoam in the oil anyways.. plus i have to putz with the idle again... cant seem to get it into neutral with it at 900rpms...

Thanks again!!!!!!

Let us know how the Mobil 1 syn works for you. I think you will notice a big difference,
Ride safe have fun and enjoy. Lane
1985 Aspencade
2002 Vulcan
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#55 04-20-2008, 04:40 PM,
I started using the Rotella 5W40 synthetic in my Honda PC800 when It had 19,000 miles on it in June of 2005. I noticed smoother/quieter shifting on the first oil change. I change the oil and filter every 7000 miles. I turned over 200,000 miles a few weeks ago and the bike still runs like new,uses no oil and I haven't replaced a single engine part other than oil filters and spark plugs. Take a wild guess as to what oil I just put in the Goldwing. :wink: Big Grin
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#56 06-01-2008, 05:10 AM,
as for all of my vehicles(88 lincoln MKVII LSC 302 v-8, amc/jeep eagle 4x4 wagon 258 I-6, 92 grand
caravan 3.3L v-6, 96 ford explorer 4.0 v-6, 85 gl1200 LTD) i use shell 15w40 rotella t year round.
i have noticed it does not thin out even on 120 degree days here in the desert. i would never run quakerstate or pennzoil in anything if i want it to get 250,000+ miles. done too many engine rebuilds and these 2 oil from pennsylvania sludge up engine even if you have changed your oil religiously every
3000 miles. usually takes 4 days to hot tank an engine that has run q-state or pennzoil. engine that use
shell rotella t , castrol , valvoline, mobil 1, or kendall when you pull the valve covers you can still read the casting # on the heads. one engine i did the owner swore by pennzoil till i popped the valve covers and proceeded to scrape off 90,000 miles of sludge off the valve covers. at this car is a 1964 1/2 mustang in prestine condition.he was not amused when he saw it. when i or my dad (he's been a mechanic since 1949) rebuild an engine we specify the oil and the intervals for changing it. castrol 10w30 for the 1st 1000 miles then 15w40 rotella t after that.
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#57 07-25-2008, 08:11 PM,
i only use the hondaline synt. in my wing and it seems to do a great job.
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#58 07-26-2008, 09:04 PM,
I am in the process of purchasing supplies for my first oil change in the newly acquired Old Wing. I would also like to do the differential gear oil. I am seriously considering Royal Purple 10W40 motor oil and Royal Purple Gear Oil 85W140. I generally fall in the camp of any oil is fine, just use the correct weight, and change it per the manufacturer's schedule. But I thought I would try Royal Purple out. Any input?

In my high-performance Honda automobile, I have been using Mobil1 until recently, but at the last oil change the oil change place said they had switched from Mobil products to Pennzoil products, so the last oil change in the car was Pennzoil Synthetic.
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#59 12-15-2008, 09:38 PM,
castrol 10w40 or 20w50 for motorcycles is what i use and i can usually find it at autozone or murreys auto parts store for less than the dealer sells it
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