Question Posted By: madmidget on 6-26-2006
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||Oil - Synthetic or regular ?
||Which do you prefer and/or think is best and why ? For some reason by the time it's time to change it, with synthetic a quart or so has disappeared. The bike before this I ran dinosaur oil and it wasn't like that.
- I only use sythetic, Put on a 95 inch kit when the bike had 30 thousand on it still had hatch marks from when it was originally honed. works for me By: Mark_Goff on: 6-26-2006
- You'll find this a polarizing subject. There are more oil threads on the internet than there are porn sites. Run whatever you like...just change the oil & filter at the prescribed mileage in your factory service manual and you'll be fine. By: 47Knuckle-Dragger on: 6-26-2006
- Thanks both. To expand on my question however. I'm going on my 4th oil change and have run synthetic since I bought it, the thing is is that around a quart or so seems to have disappeared by each change. Ran regular oil in the bike before this one and I don't remember it ever doing that. Is that normal ? Have had some say yes, some say no. Just getting other opininons and again,thanks. By: madmidget on: 6-26-2006
- We talkin' about a 1995 Evo, or a 2005 Twin-Cam? If it's a 2005 Twin-Cam, I'd be concerned unless you've already got 90,000 miles on the upper ends. If it's 1995 Evo then it's possible the synthetic's just burning off. If it concerns you, as it would me, and you see no perks in the synthetic...I'd switch back. By: 47Knuckle-Dragger on: 6-26-2006
- Oops...just saw you put 88 cu. in. My bad...it's beer-30 here. By: 47Knuckle-Dragger on: 6-26-2006
- Are you losing a quart every 3K miles? Can you see any oil on the ground or around the jugs? If not, then you're burning it and you should be able to just smell it. In a way, if you can see a leak, it's better than if you can't, cuz that means it's just leaking and not going past worn rings. No way on a bike that new should you be losing a quart every change, syth or reg. I'd be hoping for a spot on the floor. How's yer power? You gotta be looking for something more than just changing oil to account for that kind of oil loss. By: Meat_&_Cheese on: 7-1-2006
- Delayed response and fyi. I change the oil every 5k miles, no oil leakage (parked where I would notice it), if it's burning it I can't tell (not smoking or smelling or whathaveyou), approaching 15k miles and just added a quart for the time being until I get time to change it. Gonna try the suggestion of going back to regular oil and see what happens. As far as how it runs, running fine with the exception I need to adjust the carb a little due to it running rich but that shouldn't have anything to do with oil right ? A friend had suggested that with it running rich and riding conditions around here traffic wise it might be getting hot enough to burn some of it off. I don't know but will keep ya informed as to how it goes with regular oil though. Thanks for all the tips and such. By: madmidget on: 7-14-2006
- Just a follow up in case anyone's interested. I finally was able to get a dealership to look into my oil consumption problem. Took some doing but anyway as Shovelhead had mentioned some time back it's the valve seal issue sure enough. What kills me is the dealers that wouldn't even look at it especially the one I bought it from. By: madmidget on: 9-19-2006
- I know it is November but I just saw your post. There is a recall on valve seals for the 88's. I telephoned my dealer and he said some 88's experience oil loss. By: niuges16 on: 11-30-2006