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Old 02-08-2013, 09:30 PM   #46
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... BTW, if you button it back up and you have forgotten to attach those three litte hoses back to the splitter on the bottom of the air box, your bike will run like crap. Ask me how I know that one.


I like the 15W-50 oil... my bike sounds happier, and the cam-chain rattle at start-up is almost gone...

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Old 02-09-2013, 02:48 PM   #47
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Just a caution on moving to 15/50 oil. It is more vicious and will quiet some of the looser valve lash.

But being more vicious, it pumps harder, flows more slowly.

Much of engine wear is on start up, before the oil gets in place to "float" the bearing, etc.

The 15/50 will be slower in getting the lubrication around the engine at start up
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:03 PM   #48
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Unless it is synthetic. Synthetic 20w50 flows better than regular 10w30 when cold.

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Just a caution on moving to 15/50 oil. It is more vicious and will quiet some of the looser valve lash.

But being more vicious, it pumps harder, flows more slowly.

Much of engine wear is on start up, before the oil gets in place to "float" the bearing, etc.

The 15/50 will be slower in getting the lubrication around the engine at start up
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:14 PM   #49
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Yes it is true.

Yesterday my F650GS was with the BMW mecanic service, and the valve packing was starting to leak some oil, very invisible until you touch it, i drive it offroad allmost every day and the dust betray the invisible leak so i only paid for the service of doing that and the packings, but the hoses that connect all that to the radiator where starting to loose and re tight them with no charge at all with that with the warranty, so you better go a check them out, by the way mine is 2008.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:09 PM   #50
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Just a caution on moving to 15/50 oil. It is more vicious and will quiet some of the looser valve lash.

But being more vicious, it pumps harder, flows more slowly.

Much of engine wear is on start up, before the oil gets in place to "float" the bearing, etc.

The 15/50 will be slower in getting the lubrication around the engine at start up
Bob:
Understood!
What I think I am hearing with the cam chain tensioner is that the oil is not draining back down out of the tensioner assembly but ... I am not certain of that .......
I am blessed living in South East USA and don't get much really cold weather.

If you hadn't seen the announcement BMW is now recommending 15W-50 synthetic blend oil for the "twins":

http://www.bmw-motorrad.dk/se/sv/services/media/PI_OlL_BMW_MC_2012_MD.pdf
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