So I have been pondering and thinking and reading and scratching my head and on and on about which oil Im going to use for my first oil change.
I spent some time on Bob the oil guys website (very interesting) http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...s.php?ubb=cfrm
Also I did some reading on Blackstone Lab (engine oil testing) http://www.blackstone-labs.com/
Ive actually learned quite a bit I didnt know before, and thought I'd pass it on.
For you guys that use Honda oil just move it along, there is nothing to see here. Im not trying to stir up a conversation about that. This is for people using other oil....
So I have personally been a Royal Purple Fan, I started using it in my GTO in 2005. So naturally I started looking into Max Cycle, Royal purples motorcycle/atv oil product. Now I buy RP regularly but the price of the Max cycle made me pucker a little. $17ish a qt from anyplace local, and about $12 online. So I thought I'd outsmart the system and look at possibly using reg RP and seeing if it would send the universe into chaos or not.
What I found was surprising. First off reg RP wont work. I figured it might have a moly prob so I called RP to find out. RP does not use that kind of moly in any of its products, but it doesnt have enough friction modifiers in its base product for the wear protection of a higher rpm machine like our quads. I'll talk more about that in a min. He said there HPS line would be pretty good though, that comes in at around $7.50 a qt online. Of course RP could only suggest that I use Max Cycle but pretty clearly reading between the lines he said HPS was fine.
The other thing I found interesting is that Blackstone testers (the people actually doing the test) All use dino oil, typically like a walmart or oreillys' type brand. They dont seem to think it much matters. Just stick with the manufacturers interval.
That kinda blew me away, they do about 200 samples a day.......
The last thing is the seal on the back of oil from the API has changed. The newer standard makes it friendlier the the catalytic conv on your car, at the expense of the friction modifiers in the oil (more wear on the engine)
I thought some of that was interesting, lets see how many people just tell me to use Ams...