Originally Posted by handyhoward
Your girlfriend might care what lubricates her, but rest assured your engine does not... as long as it is lubricated.
You are describing a classier girl than I am acquainted with.
As far as the engine goes, I tend to agree. Peeps get way too anal about the earl in their pearl. Recommended viscosity and detergent rating are both worth maintaining since oil pumps interact with varying types to different degrees of efficiency. Will using a different viscosity or detergent rating motor oil lunch the mill? Not in the short term for sure. Any motor oil beats no motor oil.
The flip side is that if you want to minimize variables then using the same product over and over is in keeping with that effort.
What I don't know is what effect various non specified motor oils will have on Victory clutches. I'm just too green with this brand and looking forward to the learning curve in the primary. As opposed to the engine which is metal, polymers and some standard fibrous gasket compounds, all common materials and all forgiving of motor oil flavors, I don't know what effect non specified oils will have on the fibrous components of the clutch. I know what I can get away with in a Harley primary but the requirements of the Victory clutch are not identical. Although the basic execution is the same the requirements for viscosity, the effect of oil mixture on the fibres under varying temperature and pressure conditions and who knows what else may make using a specified product necessary to clutch performance and/or longevity.
Until I have put my grubby little hands all over the Victory clutch I'm inclined to be particular with what I coat it with.