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Old 08-15-2015, 03:34 PM   #1
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Question Engine Oil in Houstons Hot weather...

Hey Rider's...

I had another discussion about engine oil and wanted to kind of bring this in here for the people that have been living in Houston for a while and for those that might just not have been adjusted to the heat yet :-).

The question that a-rised; what Engine oil to use in Houston (heat) and what brand you should go with on a bike/sports-bike.

10W-40 was always my first pick...now I was told that for the Houston heat you should use full synthetic 5W-40. Others say 5W-30...maybe somebody can give some input on that....somebody that has been running (sport) bikes for a while in Texas.

Looking forward to your input!

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Hey Rider's...

I had another discussion about engine oil and wanted to kind of bring this in here for the people that have been living in Houston for a while and for those that might just not have been adjusted to the heat yet :-).

The question that a-rised; what Engine oil to use in Houston (heat) and what brand you should go with on a bike/sports-bike.

10W-40 was always my first pick...now I was told that for the Houston heat you should use full synthetic 5W-40. Others say 5W-30...maybe somebody can give some input on that....somebody that has been running (sport) bikes for a while in Texas.

Looking forward to your input!
I prefer 10/40 full synthetic. It is too cool in the morning for 20/50, afternoon is too hot for 5/30 in motorcycles.
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Full Synthetic or not, run what the manufacturer tells you in your operations manual. It will also give you a scale for what to run in what temps. Since you've sold all the bikes in your list, only YOU can decide what oil to put in WHAT bike via the manufacturers recommendations.
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But if it's the BMW you have at the bottom of your list, I would still go by what the manufacturer recommends. You don't want to end up with a seized motor like we have seen here before, perhaps under different circumstances but it happened.
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20/50 conventional motorcycle oil, year round.
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This is going on as I'm changing my oil, and I'm so dam picky that it's at the exact amount I need , I'm using the Kawasaki 20-50 oil that's recommended by kawi
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Full Synthetic or not, run what the manufacturer tells you in your operations manual. It will also give you a scale for what to run in what temps. Since you've sold all the bikes in your list, only YOU can decide what oil to put in WHAT bike via the manufacturers recommendations.
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But if it's the BMW you have at the bottom of your list, I would still go by what the manufacturer recommends. You don't want to end up with a seized motor like we have seen here before, perhaps under different circumstances but it happened.
BMW recommends 5W-40 Castrol but like I said one Oil works it all hm... ... Thats why there are different oil solutions just which one is the right one for the heat...
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All of the bikes under your screen name say sold in parenthesis next to them except the bmw bike
Correct... but he was saying "Since you've sold all the bikes in your list". All meaning ALL lol ....not "except the bmw bike". Either way not the point of the conversation. But thank you
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10-40 and be done with it. It's water cooled so the water cools the bike not the oil. If the manufacture thought it needed 20-50 they would tell you to use it. If you look at the temp range in the manual and 20-50 falls in to place then use it. run 10-40 in the desert and never had issues.
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I'd stick with the manufacturer specified viscosity, and have an oil analysis performed if you're genuinely curious about the integrity of the oil.
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Gear oil, make sure it has EXTRA friction modifiers like for a limited slip differential or something. Take that oil and dilute 1:10 with amsoil and then add just a splash of blinker fluid. Sometimes in the summer I will throw in some engine coolant (cause it's so hot here in Houston)

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Thanks for all the info!
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It's not rocket science bro just put in some oil that meets the minimum requirements.
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