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in a 1983 wing, is it ok to run a synthetic oil or should i use honda oil or what?

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Synthetic oil is fine, I use Rotella T in the blue bottle at Wal-mart. Thisoil can be used in a wet clutch set-up.

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i guess i have a lot to learn but what is a wet clutch set up?



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Greetings,

A wet clutch is bathed in the same oil that the engine uses for lubrication, at least on our Goldwings. Therefore, it's imperative that youdon't use a friction modifier type oil that contains moly(I can't spell the whole word but you get my drift) Rotella T Synth in the blue bottle is a highly refined dino oil that meets synthetic specs. It's completely safe to use, economical, and easily obtainable.

Never use substances such as Slick 50 or other additives in your bike. Regular oil changes are more important and a great way to preserve your engine.

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A wet clutch is a clutch which is immersed in the enging oil.

The Goldwings have the clutch, transmission and engine all using the same oil.

Friction modifiers in oil or any additives are not recommended.

Use any 10-40 or 20-50 that does not have friction modifiers and you will be fine.

The newer low weight oils often contain these and will cause your clutch plates to slip rather than grab like they should. Never use teflon anything either.



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My goodness, that's like askingwhat kind of underwear you should buy!

Use any good quality oil that meets or exceeds the manufacturers recommended specifications.

I personally do not favor synthetics in these old bikes but many guys use the synthetics because they feel there is an advantage. I don't use the synthetic oil because I have experienced a disadvantage when I have done so. The biggest issues I had with the synthetic oil was clutch slippage and seal leakage but I drive my GL1200 very hard whereas a light guy driving his Wing and never exceeding 4000 RPM would most likely never experience clutch slippage.

Oil threads can become long and extremely confusing as each individual calls out his or her own preference or they folks become obsessed with proving technically how one oil is superior to the other reminiscent of a Ford guy saying his car is better than a Chevy and vice versa.

Oils do differ but if you stay in the high quality range the differences are neglible.

Synthetic or natural petroleum base is totally up to you but be on the alert for symptoms with the synthetic oils. Some get them others don't and I can't tell you why.

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thanks for the info. this is my first goldwing and i want it right. it belonged to my uncle who can no longer ride due to his vision. i dont have a lot of experience working on bikes.



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The wet clutch is that your clutch pack is always in oil in the transmision.

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Creekwalker, that's very sad about your uncle but at least you get the benefits of his good taste in motorcycles.

You have definately come to right place for help and advice since this is a premier Gold Wing site.

There are many things you should give attention to on your Classic Wing but it's probably best if you write a new post titled Beginner with 83 Wing seeking maintenance advice for a newbie. By placing that new post and heading it something likeI wrote above in blueyou will be amazed at all the wonderful and helpful responses you will get.

Guys here are just itching to help a new Wing owner so you shouldn't ever feel shy about asking for that help. Just try your best to describe the problem or question you have in order to make it easier for the guys to help you.

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oh boy its the oil question again, thie responses to this thread are great. its funny to read them. there are always so many.
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