Got a 05 Hammer 3000 miles. Is it to soon to go to a full syn. oil? told to wait till at least 5000. Any thoughts?
Steve... The initial service (500 miles) is to get machining and casting debris from the engine..not true, there is a break in period, read your owners manual, i just bought an 09 vegas and the first 500 miles are critical, the oil & filter is changed at the 500 mile service, ive ranfull synthetic in all my vehicles, specially motorcycles, with exceptional results, go to the aimsoil web site they did some very interesting comparisons on oil you can see how victory oil stacks up against the other leading oils and decide for yourself.
The problems arise when the wrong oil is put in or has been used previously which may cause clutch slippage or chatter. We have noticed the problem in Vics especially when Mobil 1 Automotive is used previously.Be careful going full synthetic.
Remember that our engines and tranny share the same oil. There are a lot of people that use Amsoil and Mobil 1 etc with no problems but there are just as many others that have clutch slippage with those oils.
You can use any oil at any time as long as it is Motorcycle Specific OR has an API SG/SH Rating. Whether petroleum, Synthetic, Hydro-cracked or a blend.I just bought a Vegas Jackpot with 2600 miles on it. I couldn't find out what oil had been run in it. Is it true that IF it had been previously serviced with full synthetic, I could harm it by using semi-synthetic now?
10W-40 and 20W-40 are the same viscosity at operating temp. The difference is at cold start where the 10W- provides better lubrication than a 20W.Thanks, Bob. Another question: I live down in Texas where we get 100+ temps for a lot of the summer. I know the manual recomends 20W-40 viscosity. Will the 10w-40 synthetic provide enough protection in our grueling summer heat or should I consider a 20W-50 for the summer months?
It was the first Victory to go 100,000 and did it with AMSOIL and the First to go 200,000 also with AMSOIL.I have customers that have had major clutch slippage with Amsoil and Rotella after changing from Victory Oil. Victory Oil by the way is a SEMI synthetic and Victory only recommends SEMI synthetics. FYI they and I went through an Amsoil dealer and got the correct oil for the model bike.
Saying that, I also have customers that have had NO problems running Amsoil or Rotella.
There is a Victory owner in the latest Victory Riders Magazine that has 200,000 miles on his Vic and runs Amsoil exclusively.
The clutch slippage problems are due to previously used oils. Usually the common denominator is Mobil 1 Automotive oil was used..
Not true, Victory oil is and has been blended and manufactured by Lubetech, it is not put out to bid as of the last discussion I had with a Victory engineer http://www.lube-tech.com/custom-brands/Victory (Polaris) does not manufacture the oil, it goes out for bid so you never know which company may be making it from year to year.
Yes it was, you failed to read the previous post and I can point you to threads on The Victory Motorcycle Club site where they have documented the same issue.The clutch slippage is not being caused by the AMSOIL if the M/C Specific oil was used.