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Mane 11-09-2011 09:42 PM

Suggestions on airhead friendly engine oils, please
 
Hi,

I'm about to perform the first engine oil change on my R100GS this weekend and I've been searching for an appropriate oil for this lady.

I've read the Snow Bum's essay on ZDDP and Airhead engines, and while is very illustrative, it lacks on hard recommendations (except for Golden Spectro 4 20w50, which I can't get here. :bluduh) on specific oil products.

I've know this is a polemic subject and I don't want to start a long discussion, just want to hear a list of brands/products you guys used (with good results, that is...:D) and see which of those are available to me at the local stores.

Thanks for your help...

Regards,
Mane

wmax351 11-09-2011 10:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mane (Post 17271842)
Hi,

I'm about to perform the first engine oil change on my R100GS this weekend and I've been searching for an appropriate oil for this lady.

I've read the Snow Bum's essay on ZDDP and Airhead engines, and while is very illustrative, it lacks on hard recommendations (except for Golden Spectro 4 20w50, which I can't get here. :bluduh) on specific oil products.

I've know this is a polemic subject and I don't want to start a long discussion, just want to hear a list of brands/products you guys used (with good results, that is...:D) and see which of those are available to me at the local stores.

Thanks for your help...

Regards,
Mane


Mobil 1 20w-50 has a good amount of zzdp. Also is good synthetic anyhow. Just put it in and don't worry too much.


I think most quality 20w-50 oils will have plenty. They seem exempt from a lot of the requirements.

boxerboy81 11-09-2011 11:06 PM

SG is the go isn't it?
I doubt you get Penrite Everyday driving 20w-50. Maybe?

Quote:

EVERYDAY DRIVING 20W-50
Great value and great quality these oils are just the job for general-purpose applications for mid range petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles in good condition. With full ZDDP, itís available in two grades: the 15W-40 grade for vehicles built from about 1990 and the 20W-50 for vehicles built before 1990.

bikerfish 11-10-2011 03:54 AM

I've been using any good automotive 20w50(10w40 if riding in winter) from the autoparts store or wally world. have over half a million miles on various airheads, never an oil related problem. if you run synthetic, you will have new oil leaks you never had before. these are simple engines, no need for any special oil.

hardwaregrrl 11-10-2011 04:42 AM

I've been running Harley Davidson dino 20/50 for years. Don't flame me, but if you have an HD dealer close by....I get a discount since I am kind of an employee.:D

Rucksta 11-10-2011 04:59 AM

Oh no here I am contributing to an oil thread.
Try diesel oil like rimula x or penrite 20-60 or whatever you get there.
Al the good stuff like ZPPD or whatever and shit loads of detergent for your crusty old engine.
Doesn't snow much where you are does it?

bmwloco 11-10-2011 05:11 AM

Just remember: Lubrication is the Key.

I use Castrol Synthetic in my R100RS and das beast. Mojo, my '66 R60 only gets 20w50 Castrol... synthetic leaks out of it, dynojuice does not.

It sure is cheap insurance...

photomd 11-10-2011 05:12 AM

Autozone in my area now has Castrol 20w50 for bikes...$4.99/quart. It's SG, availible locally and 1/2 the price of BMW oil. It's about 2/3 what I can find Spectro.

Barnone 11-10-2011 05:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bikerfish (Post 17272584)
I've been using any good automotive 20w50(10w40 if riding in winter) from the autoparts store or wally world. have over half a million miles on various airheads, never an oil related problem. if you run synthetic, you will have new oil leaks you never had before. these are simple engines, no need for any special oil.

fish,
Quit talking sense. Stop right now. My baby needs the best money can buy or else it will grenade immediately.:rofl

DoktorT 11-10-2011 05:30 AM

Valvoline VR-1 Racing 20/50 is specifically designed for high ZDDP and high heat, high pressure use, extreme protection. Perfect for the Airhead. I change my oil often so am not concerned with a lower detergent package. Only a buck or so more than plain car oil and available at many local auto parts stores.

97oilhead 11-10-2011 05:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photomd (Post 17272836)
Autozone in my area now has Castrol 20w50 for bikes...$4.99/quart. It's SG, availible locally and 1/2 the price of BMW oil. It's about 2/3 what I can find Spectro.

Keep an eye out for their sales. I got 2 cases of Castrol 20-50 Motorcycle oil in the spring from Autozone for $1.99 a quart.

KingsX 11-10-2011 05:56 AM

Rotella
 
I'm sold on rotella 5w40 Syn 6 Diesel synthetic oil
cheap at Wallywhirled


KingsXXX

Foot dragger 11-10-2011 05:59 AM

Its a small tractor motor,check with the local John Deere outlet.:D

_cy_ 11-10-2011 06:04 AM

just installed a new pan gasket, filled my airhead with Valvoline 20-50 synthetic
it leaks ... draining and refilling with 15-40 Rotella diesel oil

bmwhacker 11-10-2011 06:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by _cy_ (Post 17273113)
just installed a new pan gasket, filled my airhead with Valvoline 20-50 synthetic
it leaks ... draining and refilling with 15-40 Rotella diesel oil

+1 If your engine has any propensity for "seepage" anywhere, throw in some synthetic oil and watch the leaks grow ten fold. :eek1


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