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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-28-2010, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Default Victory Semi-Synth Oil Alternative?

Ok. I did a search and came up empty handed.

The new Vic's call for their semi-synth oil of which there are many alternatives but do you long time Vic owners know which one is preferred?

Sure; I can pay the $65 for the Vic oil change kit every 2500 miles but logic dictates I find a more affordable alternative. I don't want to sacrifice quality though.

On HD's the Mobil 1 V-Twin is fantastic for engine and primary oil but Redline Shockproof is the best for the trans. Those are straight synth though and will cause clutch slippage in my Vic.

Since the Vic engine is an all-in-one system the oil needs to be changed twice as often but is also three times as easy. I think I read something about the 2011's having another kind of clutch of some kind so the oil doesn't need to be changed until 5k miles but that is another question for another thread.

Yeah, I know, another oil thread. Still looking for an answer though.

Is there a Rotella semi-synth that's ok for use in the Vic engine's or some other high quality oil?
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That's a good idea BBob. I used Victory oil and filter on my XC through the second service. I then changed to Rotella T6 and wix filter. Seems to run a little cooler, less valve/cam chatter when cold, and no clutch slippage. Shifts a bit easier and sixth gear is definitely quieter (still not happy with that though). I am going to make a couple hundred mile run in a few days and let you know how everything goes. Good luck with your poll. PHIL
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Kevin may not chime in on this because I'm sure he is tired of debating it.

However I will give my opinion that mirrors Kevin's.

Victory oil is blended SPECIFICALLY for the Victory engine to assist with the lube of the tranny and cooling of the engine.

In a pinch as like right now I will use the Rotella Semi Synthetic. Being on UI I just didn't have the $$$ for the Vic oil this last time around BUT I will be putting Vic oil in before my trip to Prescott AZ the end of September. I have the reusable filter from Conquest Customs.
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Thanks much Diamond and Mad Dog. That's pretty much what I was looking for and I apologize for making this another one of "those" threads.

So I'll get the Vic oil and filter when I can but in a pinch I can get the Rotella T6 and a Wix filter. Any idea what Wix filter number I'll need?

Can I run the Wix filters all the time safely or are the Vic filters a superior product? Is there much of a price difference? Does anyone know what the micron number needed for Vic's is?

I think the cleanable and reusable filters wouldn't work for the HD's as they need a 5 micron filter and they will only go as low as 20 microns if I remember right. I know this because I wanted to do it a year or so ago and learned I couldn't (safely) use them on the HD's.

Thanks again. This info is much appreciated.
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Well I have been hearing alot on oil here. When I got back from Sturgis I changed mine to Amsoil 20-50 and it is great. My dealer told me to. It is quieter and shifts smooth and no clutch slippage. If any one's clutch slips maybe they need an adjustment or their clutch is bad. I enjoy it more now if only the buffeting problem did not exist.
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Well I have been hearing alot on oil here. When I got back from Sturgis I changed mine to Amsoil 20-50 and it is great. My dealer told me to. It is quieter and shifts smooth and no clutch slippage. If any one's clutch slips maybe they need an adjustment or their clutch is bad. I enjoy it more now if only the buffeting problem did not exist.
About to do the same, my dealer told me to change also. Didn't have an answer for the buffeting though.
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The buffeting solution is fairly straightforward.

Gotta find the right windshield for your bike.

The recurve windshields do much better than the standard ones IMHO.
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The buffeting solution is fairly straightforward.

Gotta find the right windshield for your bike.

The recurve windshields do much better than the standard ones IMHO.
Raising the windshield helps some, I'm 6'2" so I may have to live with it.
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