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Old 05-06-2010, 03:04 AM   #1
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KLR650 oil help!

I got an 08 KLR with almost 6000 mi on her, show she's still pretty young.
I am running mobil 1 4t 10w-40 syn in it and I am looking to change oils. I would prefer dino for being so cost effective ( this paying 8.97/quart for m1 at the local walmart is getting to be some bullshit) I am planning on doing a strict change schedule 3-5k mi. I need something that can hold up to CA summers but still be ample protection. I was thinking like Rotella 15w-40 or maybe Castrol GTX 20w-50. Leaning towards the rotella more but not sure how it would preform under the heat.
any comments, suggestions, opinions? thanks
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Old 05-06-2010, 03:17 AM   #2
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Rotella T 15w40, 2.5 gal for $25.49 @ Tractor Supply.
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Old 05-06-2010, 03:19 AM   #3
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i'd go with the rotella and change at 3000 miles.
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Old 05-06-2010, 03:41 AM   #4
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I've read a lot about oil. Mostly opinions though. Both the oils you mentioned are used by KLR riders. So you will be fine in whichever you choose. For what it's I use 20-50 not synthetic myself during summer months in the North East.
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:36 AM   #5
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I use 20-50w Valvoline racing oil and have had no problems, but its not cheap either.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:22 AM   #6
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:38 AM   #7
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I remember the guys in a old school Kaw shop draining the oil & filling a junk KZ750 twin up with Strohs. They wired it wide open in neutral & waited for the ensuing carnage. 15 minutes later nothing happened. They pulled the plug and drained the hot, oily beer. This thing will certainly come apart running dry! Fired it back up, WFO in neutral...........1/2 an hour later it ran out of gas. It ran perfect, no smoke, no spitting an sputtering. Perhaps it was not junk........Oops, yes.... it was, afterall, a KZ750 twin!

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Old 05-06-2010, 08:45 AM   #8
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The clutch, cams, and heat are your concerns.

My clutch would slip with Rotella, but most run it fine. My preferred oil for everything else I own.

You don't want your oil too thick when cold, for the sake of the cams. That is my biggest concern with the 20w-50's. I run it, but make sure the engine is warmed up nicely in the cool mornings.

You want the oil to not get too thin in the heat, or it will burn off on the highway--more specifically it will aerosol and get sucked through the breather and carb.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:52 AM   #9
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There are 3.5 million pages dedicated to this very subject at KLR650.net and KLRWorld.com. Rotella is cheap. The politically correct interval seems to be 2k miles, but YMMV.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:13 PM   #10
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yeah, i have seen the threads but they were not very specific. i just looking for some more opinions. i am leaning towards the rotella, 11.50 gal at the local mart. just wondering if any of you had any experience with it. but will it hold up fine in the ca heat? they thing is too, that i am 6'4 375 and the engine has work hard, especially at highway speeds.

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Old 05-06-2010, 05:32 PM   #11
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Don't worry about the oil. KLRs with the cheap stuff last a long time as long as you change it often as in about every 2000 miles.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:59 PM   #12
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Dino will work just fine. Mobil Delvac 1300 Super 15-40 fills the bill. Rotella 15-40 will be good. Any Diesel Spec 15-40 dino or synthetic engine oil will lubricate your engine. Pick one that has a pretty bottle.

A KLR 650 shares the engine oil sump with the transmission / clutch. All that meshing of gears and friction from the clutch action creates a breakdown of the oil, referred to as shear. Tests are performed to determine how long or far the oil can remain effective before it breaks down to the point it is no longer effectively lubricating and protecting the engine components. Few oils make it to the 2000 mile mark in a KLR 650 before it is determined they are no longer effective.

With that bit of pertinent information, do what you wish. I drop my oil around the 2K mark. Oil is under 10 bucks a gallon. Cams are running big bucks.
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:33 PM   #13
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but will it hold up fine in the ca heat?
In my experience, yes.

If everything is working correctly the operating temperature of your engine shouldn't vary much as the ambient changes, especially on the freeway when you have an abundance of high-velocity cooling air.
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:43 PM   #14
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I rode home from Yosemite one scorching summer afternoon and my fan kicked on while doing 60 mph.

Synthetic 15-50 for me, get it at Walmart in the big jug for less.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:08 PM   #15
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Unless you have a modified cooling system (i.e. the Thermobob), your KLR ('08 or newer) probably runs perpetually cold. If you have questions, please search for Thermobob on the KLR sites. The only time my stock cooling system fan kicks in is running off-road at a low rate of speed. Basically, the cooling system on the newer bikes is too efficient (and the cooling system too crude), and the oil probably doesn't even come up to proper operating temperature unless it is really hot out.
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