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    how much and what kind of oil

    i recently had a mishap involving a stolen oil cap and massive amounts of oil leaking out of my bike. the cap is replaced, and i changed the oil to make ssure the theif didnt contaminate my oil as well. my question however is how much oil does our bike take? i put 2 quarts of 10w-40 synthetic mobil motorcycle oil. did i put enough, or should i add one more? i dont know how to read the oil window very well. i also noticed that my oil light never turns on even when starting the bike up since this happened which it used to turn on and stay on for a good 5-10 seconds when i first started the bike prior to this ordeal.

    any thoughts?

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    2 quarts of oil, 10w40 is the correct weight, but I've heard/read that you want to make sure you're using motorcycle oil and not auto oil.. I guess the difference is that the engine oil also serves the transmission, and car oil is not suited for this?

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    It derpends on the vihicle... I had an old stick shift ford, and the motor oil served both engine and transmission in that... I'm not sure if its like that with all manual transmissions, but ive never heard anything about not using regular oil. I've been using castrol syntec since I bought the bike and havent had any issues with it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadsaxy1
    It derpends on the vihicle... I had an old stick shift ford, and the motor oil served both engine and transmission in that... I'm not sure if its like that with all manual transmissions, but ive never heard anything about not using regular oil. I've been using castrol syntec since I bought the bike and havent had any issues with it...
    Don't use anything that has the energy conserving seal on it

    It has additives to make it extra slipery which will cause your clutch to slip.

    Best to consult your MOM (motorcylce owners manual) as it lists exact specifications to look for.

    There should be a label atck on your engine right by the oil check widow with capacities listed on it in Liters


    The Mobil Synth Motorcycle oil (MX4T I'm guessing is what you got) should be fine... Mine takes a bit more than 2qts, but I run a slightly larger filter and like to get my oil more towards the top of the full line than the bottom one.

    Bryce

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    thanks for the replies everyone. the picture was especially helpful :-)
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    so I'm assuming that castrol syntec has that energy conserving seal? I haven't had any problems with the clutch at all, so i think it's fine.

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    motor oil

    The parts guy at the Kawi dealer told me that using synthetic oil like Mobil1 would damage the clutch, is that ttue or do they just want to sell me their oil. Really enjoying the forum, thanks for all the valueable info.

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    Been using 10w-40 AMSOIL for a year. I have no clutch issues, and have about 7000 miles on it. Oil threads can go on for weeks, so be prepared. This thread could go on for a while!

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    I used Shell Rotella 5w-40 Synthetic. It's deisel truck oil. Used it from 600 miles & did over 16,000 miles my first year. It helps reduce temps & makes the shifting smoother. Changed it every 4-5,000 miles. Also used Mobil 1 filters.
    Believe it or not there iis no difference between motorcycle oil & automobile oil. Check out this article about oil filters http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Fil...tml#OilFilters

    Here is another one about oil. http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Consumables.html#Oil

    Great site w/ lots of info
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshtex
    Believe it or not there iis no difference between motorcycle oil & automobile oil.
    Here is another one about oil.
    http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Consumables.html#Oil

    Great site w/ lots of info
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    Except for the Energy Conserving Oils which have friction modifiers in it that will probably eventually make your clutch slip (first paragraph in the quoted article). Avoid those with the Energy Cinserving label...but the heavy truck oils like Rotella T are not EC oils and will probably do just fine. I run Rotella T dino oil in all my 4 stroke bikes/quads but my 650R which gets Mobil 1 MX4T.

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