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I have tryed to find a thread that discuss the type and grade ofoil most of you guys areusing with the best results for canada driving .......regular oil, OEM oil, synthetic oil, engine and clutch wear......soooo much and confused



I have a 1997 SE 82 000 kmthat has been on synthetic by PO ... is it going to dammage if i bring it back on OEM oil or other is there going to be any reaction withseals, clutch ect. or should i leave it on synth.??????



I sure wanado it right thing and i would hate to see bleu smoke out of the exhaust because i done wrong.



PS my LTD had to be on OEM otherwise the clutch would slip is it the same with 1500?????

















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You will get A LOT of responses- many previous threads have discussed this. I have used both. I used to use synthetic but now go the Delo type route.

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The switch form 1 to the other will not hurt it. Which you use depends on you. If you ride short trips or mostly around town I believe you are better off with conventional oil since either would need frequent changes because of contamination. If you ride generally longer than an hour of so between stops and never let it really cool off all day then you can go longer between changes with synthetic. I doubt either will make much difference in longevity. Honda branded oil is no better or worse than any other oil in the proper type. We use Honda branded oil in the cars but it is just Mobil oil, no different than what you buy anywhere.

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At present, Wal-Mart oil is packaged by Valvoline - so I was told by their tech a couple weeks ago.
Any fresh oil is better than too old of oil. Going back and forth, synthetic to non, viscosity changes, will do no harm whatsoever. The motor has no brain and will not yell out "Hey stupid! That's 10w-40, not 15w-40"! It just wants good quality, not friction modified (no energy conserving type) oil.

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I switched from synthetic to Delo 400. I really like the Delo, my Wing seems to shift much better.

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My main concern is about the clutch and searching more and more with the help of this great forum i found out that the JASO MA is the important point to look on the can.

JASO certification standards. The MA standard is for high friction motorcycle applications, and oil is specifically tailored for use in a Bike or with wet chutch. synth or standard

I spent couple of hours on this forum and leard a lot ...cool

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Last couple of years I've been using the synthetic house brand from NAPA (also made by Valvoline) and I like it a lot. No clutch slippage in either my 1500 or in my vintage SOHC 550. Costs barely more than conventional name brand oils. It's 15W-50, and I really like the extended viscosity to protect the engine parts on those really hot Summer days.

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Just plain ole DELO400

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Mobile 1, or Castrol with ALL the right letters on the back of the can. Always synthetic. The savings you make by going to Wallyworld is not something I would volunteer to do for my engine, but the choice is yours.

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I used to use whatever was on the shelf in the garage until it all was used up.

Then I started buying Delo 400 15w40

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