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Buell / HD oil question - January 12, 2012, 10:18 AM

Gonna try and take advantage of the good weather to do some maintenance on the Firebolt. I m not 100% yet, but I think I m going to use Shell Rotella T6 5w-40 in the swingarm and Mobil 1 20w-50 V-twin in the primary. For the air-cooled Buell owners out there, what do you guys use? any recommendations? I ran Rotella T6 exclusively on all my previous bikes with excellent results but I have heard conflicting things from ppl telling me that the 5w-40 weight will be too thin to offer the adequate protection in the higher operating temps of an air-cooled V-twin. But also ppl are also telling me Rotella is fine cause the BMW air-cooled boxer ppl use it and love it.
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January 12, 2012, 10:22 AM

Nothing wrong with Rotella.



Are there better oils out there? Prolly. But not for the price.
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January 12, 2012, 10:25 AM

I would use what the manual says in terms of weight. That's my opinion.

That said, I too have used T6 in every bike i've owned.




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Also, make sure to get it in this quantity:



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I would use what the manual says in terms of weight. That's my opinion.

That said, I too have used T6 in every bike i've owned.




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HAHA, this thread will be fun, ready for the shit storm of opinions!


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I would offer my opinion but then 5 people will come behind me and bitch and moan. But always use full syn!


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January 12, 2012, 10:35 AM

Mobil 1 v-twin 20w-50 for block and 75w-90 Mobil 1 synthetic in the primary/trans. No problems at all except that even after the oil change, it's still a Buell Never tried Rotella.

here's a nice pictorial for changing... Buell Motorcycle Forum: How to change your oil - picture guide!

The swingarm angle makes it difficult, I use a funnel connected with a tube and shove the tube down in there, like a beer bong.

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January 12, 2012, 10:38 AM

Amsoil 20w-50 is pretty good...and thick so you'll only need to top it off twice on a ride instead of every 10 minutes.


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Extra virgin is for tight tolerances. This is a Buell we're talking about.
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