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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-21-2013, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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i hit 2,xxx and changed to amsoil bought from our sponsor, a 50% mix 10-40 + 20-50 went for the first ride today and can say the vic much shifted better IMO. really do not know whats in their oil now, used to be group IV but not so sure looking at their MSDS, whatever is in it it works better than vic oil at NO xtra cost!!! i consider this a 15-45 "maybe" looking for a happy medium as pa does not usually get overly hot where a 20-50 is best IMO. most manufacturers recommend varying viscosities depending on climate, vics 20 as lo is not so good in colder weather + a 40 for very hot driving in traffic is not good enough IMO, but mine is parked below 50 usually! when your bike sets at 20-30 overnight and the afternoon hits 50 that 20 weight flows slowly into the needed areas of lubrication!!!

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I know this is crazy...and I don't EVEN want to get started in OIL WARS. But I started out using the VIC OIL when I first got my bike and used it for the the first two oil changes (that was two years ago)...then switched to Amsoil and have had my oil analyzed for the past 5 oil changes by Blackstone Labs. I was pretty happy with my Amsoil too...as was Blackstone Labs.

However several months ago...I noticed that on starting the bike...I noticed the NORMAL ticking/tapping sound seemed louder than normal. After about 30 seconds it would smooth out and go away...no big deal.

But last oil change, I decided to switch over to the OIL I used in my Venture and my VTX and bought some Rotella T6 (Blue Jug). There is a DISTINCT difference in the way my bike starts and runs. Little or NO tapping when the bike starts and although I can't really describe it in words...it "seems" to be a smoother acceleration. I'm not saying it's faster...just something is different and it is a positive effect. The one thing I can describe without doubt though is the START.

This is with MY BIKE...others may experience a different result.

So, I'm not slamming VIC OIL (it's good), I'm definitely not slamming AMSOIL (its great oil), I'm just relaying my experience with Rotella T6...and it's a positive experience.

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the rotella basic oil 15-40 works well in my kawiasaki KLX250S and is MA spec, never had any issues in my 06 sportster in 20,xxx used the 20-50. they may be using lesser base oils lately looking at the MSDS, doing lots of advertising $$$ as well, maybe getting like others using cheaper oils, time will tell!! redline though even more $$$ would be my move if needed, they seem more "honest" than most
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After reading through the oil posts here i started using rotella t-6 with rotella t. More t-6 then t, i think this change i have 1qt of t and the rest t-6. Temps have dropped down into the 30s here and it fires right up and no noticeable extra ticking.

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10/40 or 20/50 all cools about the sameweather its cold or hot out and I mean hot. The 10/40 is easer on your motor when starting. With the thin oil the piston gos up and down easer. They don't have to fight there way threw the 20.
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You start your bike and hear ticking its cause the oil has drained out of the lifters. They stop ticking is cause there full of oil. I don't care what oil you use the ticking will be there. Nothing to worry about and less you five miles from home and the ticking gets louder.

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I'm due for an oil change - 2013 XCT. So the Rotella T-6 works in the Victory engines and clutch? I may have to give it a try.
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My mama didn't raise no fool. Less than $20 a gallon for Rotella T6 and its doing a wonderful job in my XR. I get it when there's a rebate offer and sale going on consecutively.

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Im on my 3rd change with the t-6 and like it alot. After reading, I think it was vindex's test results, I have mixed in some t with the t-6, but this change since i knew I would be spending most of my time in the 30s for temps i have 4qts t-6 and topped it with t.

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Might not be the appropriate thread but since it's active I thought I'd ask.. Oil brand or weight to the side...

I've heard/read you should do the oil change prior to garaging the bike in the winter if it's going to sit for a while. What's the consensus on that for these Vics? Logic being so not to store the engine sitting with the corrosives that build up in oil that's been in use for a while. Might be baloney.. Who knows besides the molecules at the edges of all the machine parts.

I will (I promise) do a search on "winterizing", etc etc any other keywords I think of on the topic.

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After 30K miles of using nothing but Vic oil, and having the usual shift problems (difficult to downshift and find neutral) with winter now upon us I decided to try the 10w40 amsoil. I had just turned 2500 miles on the vic oil and after putting in the amsoil it shifted very smooth. But that has always been the case when ever I changed the used oil with new vic oil. I now have 500 miles on the amsoil, and it is starting to have the usual shift notchy tendencies as the vic oil. I'll run with the amsoil and see if the shifting is better at 2500 miles than it has been with the Vic oil, if not i'll probably go back to Vic on the next change. With either oil it always shifts great with cold oil, but when it heats up the same shift demons return.

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