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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-26-2015, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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2012 Hammer, first oil changes were done with Victory oil, Now looking at different oils. Have a noticeable "tick" at startup, and transmission seems noisy. Been researching the oil forum, and have not been able to make up my mind. Looking at the Rotella T6 and Mobile 1 oils. I'm seeing the Rotella T6 is available locally as a 5w40. Mobil 1 motorcycle oil, 20w50 is also available. I'm located in central Arkansas, i usually ride in temps from 40 degrees to 100 degrees.

Will the 5w40 oil hold up to the temps?

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Amsoil and Golden Spectro have Victory specific oil formulas now. What ever that means....... Difference is Amsoil is a full synthetic and Spectro a semi syn oil. Our site sponser can hook you up as far as Amsoi lis concerned. I use Mobil 1 in my VTX. Good oil for that bike and some here use it in their Vic's with no complaints. If you are looking at changing oil often and want to save $$$ the Rotella is the way to go. 15/40 semi seems to be the preferred blend.

I'm currently using AMSOIL 10/40 with no issues what so ever. Quiet motor and trans. Shifting is good and most of all good oil temps always. I will say that my "Tune" is part of the reason. OK... mostly the reason but if you are going to spend the money on a 106 that I did then don't skimp on the oil. The new 20/40 AMSOIL is formulated for Victory/Indian MC's that have catalytic converters. That's what I would use next.

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I have put as many as 7,000 miles on Rotella T-6 with no ill effects. Sent a sample of the 7K oil in to be tested and report came back saying there's 2K left in that oil. There is currently a rebate on T-6, check it out. That just might be your best bang for the buck.

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if you only have 6000 miles on the bike wait till you get 15 thousand before doing any synthetic oil. Your motor is not broken in yet

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visionjohnny, what non synthetic oils should i be considering?

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if you only have 6000 miles on the bike wait till you get 15 thousand before doing any synthetic oil. Your motor is not broken in yet
That was the wisdom in the olden days, not so now..
Engines are all seated in before you get them...

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Just did a oil change with Castrol ActEvo 4T 20-40 semi-synthetic oil. Got it from my local vic dealer for just over $7.00 a quart. MSRP was $8.95, so I snagged 5qts. for right at $40.00.

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That was the wisdom in the olden days, not so now..
Engines are all seated in before you get them...
Quoted for truth. Our cylinders are Nikasil plated and require almost no break in to seat the rings. There isn't much to "break in" anymore. Machining and manufacturing tolerances are so advanced that the ideas of the old days no longer apply. 15,000 miles to break in an engine? Seriously? Maybe 500 miles, and I use that number just to through out a nice round number that might be accepted by the masses. Most hi performance cars now days come from the factory filled with synthetic oil.

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Thanks Guys, now just to get a day off work to get it done.

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Amsoil at first 500 mile oil change. Best thing I did for the bike, Never burns a drop.
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