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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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I always ran Castrol 10w-40 in my 1977 GL1000 (14 years).
Yep. I think that's going to be the plan!
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Tried 20w50 in the 1100 once. Starter clutch didn't like it one bit if it was any cooler than 50... Otherwise was just fine.

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I ran 10-40 Shell Rotella in my 80 GL1100 from the day I got it in 1998 until I sold it last summer. I ran that as I had a VW Rabbit Diesel and bought it by the case of 6 gallons at a time. Did not have the room for different kinds/weights of oil around. Also ran it in both of my Caravans and now the GL1800 and GL1500, plus my wifes RAV 4 Toyota. Have not had any starter clutch problems with the bikes or anything else.
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I ran 10-40 Shell Rotella in my 80 GL1100 from the day I got it in 1998 until I sold it last summer. I ran that as I had a VW Rabbit Diesel and bought it by the case of 6 gallons at a time. Did not have the room for different kinds/weights of oil around. Also ran it in both of my Caravans and now the GL1800 and GL1500, plus my wifes RAV 4 Toyota. Have not had any starter clutch problems with the bikes or anything else.
A modern engine has WAAAYYY closer tolerances than a 1980 G/W ever had. You are hurting the engine by running 15W40 oil in a RAV 4. Probably asks for 5W20 or 0W20.
You probably meant 15W40 in yer post? No 10-40 Rotella.

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my Pontiac Vibe specifies 0w20 or the warranty is void.

my 2001 Chevy Suburban specs 5w30, and then is nearly 20 years ago.

I just use pure synthetic in everything we have, right down to the lawn mowers.

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20W 50 is for air cooled motors. I would stick with 10W 40 in the wing. That is what it called for. I never had any problems running 10W 40 dino oil in my 1500 in the desert south west summer temps of 100+ degrees.

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