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I use Rotella T in every thing I own. The 1200 and the 1800 run great with never any problems. The lawn mower, the car, the generators, the pickup and the big rig (diesel) all run on it with never a problem. Now lets talk about deer alerts and mana. lol. Tony
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:30 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I use Rotella T in every thing I own. The 1200 and the 1800 run great with never any problems. The lawn mower, the car, the generators, the pickup and the big rig (diesel) all run on it with never a problem. Now lets talk about deer alerts and mana. lol. Tony
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Rotella 15W40 since I bought my 'Wing. Thinking of trying the Rotella synthetic at next oil change.
Stick with the regular Rotella T, or switch to the Chevron Dello 400. The Rotella Syn in the blue jug is CRAP! JMNSHO!



I hate to start anything, but you got any FACTS to back that claim up?

Rotella synthetic is JASO MA certified and I have used it in my 1200 for 3 years with no issues.. That's all I need to know
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Actual use under actual user conditions should qualify for proof, I should think. You might want to read THIS

Suffice to say I couldn't wait to drop that crap out of my engine. While it 'seemed' alright at 1st(slicker shifts, quieter engine than the Honda GN4 oil I had been using), after 2,000 miles my engine never ran so noisily, or hasanyoil beenso black, smelled 'funny',with no 'apparent viscosity', after such a short stint in my engine.

I don't know what the regular Rotella T is like, as I've never used it(I suspect along the lines of Delo 400), but I would certainly never use the Rotella Synthetic 5W40 in the blue jug again, even if I had no other oil at hand. If you are happy and satisfiedwith it, great, good for you, but I certainly didn't have that kind of experience with it. It was so bad, that it put me off of trying the regular Rotella T Dino oil.

I generally ride quite a few miles per season(more than the average rider who doesn't ride to work[retired]) I use only Chevron Delo 400 15w40, even though I nowhave to ride 3 1/2hours and cross an International Border,to buy it. Matter of fact, I'll be going on another run soon, to pick up another 4 jugs, for my 'Ole Girl'. Hard to find that kind of protection for just $10.80 per gallon jug.



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Hey Dusty,
Assuming it get's a little colder up there north of the border from those of us in the states; how does the 15-40 crank on those cooler mornings.
I like to ride my bike down into the 20's, assuming no ice, snow, salt, or grime on the road, but when I run 15-40 she is slow cranking (yes the battery is good). So I just put in the (what you hate) Rotella 5-40 to see how it would do in colder weather. I only have about 500 miles on it now, and like your experience early with it, much quieter shifts and quieter. I'll keep an eye on it once a couple of thousand add up.
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My experience with it was identical to Dusty's only I gave it 3 consecutive tries before abandoning it and going to the DELO-400.

I found the DELO-400 acted identically to the Mobil-1 which had been in it before the Shell synth 5w-40 debacle. For my GL1500 and me, DELO-400 is the best oil for the least cost.

Also like Dusty, I was put off enough by the Shell synth, I never gave the diesel rated Shell a try in my bike.
I have used the Shell 15w-40 in my Durangos with no spectacular results, pro or con.
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Chuck .... I've never had any issues with cold starts in the 20's, although I do run a Compu-Fire with a good AGM battery(lots of electrical accessories)

As far as running the Rotella Syn in the blue jug for that purpose ...... myself ... I'd look for something else to use instead if you are concerned about it.

It doesn't get that cold for very long here without the appearance of snow/ice on the roads for the rest ofwinter, which is when I retire the 'Ole Girl for the season with a fresh change of Delo.



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I use Shell Rotella 15-40 reg dino in my 1200 and I love it. Just changed back from the Blue jugwhich gave me ugliest looking oil I have ever had after only 2500 miles. I like the reg stuff, bike runs well and uses no oil. Tried the haveoline MC oil and had to keep adding oil to keep it topped off, don't know why. Never have to do that with the reg Shell.
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