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Hey everyone, it's me again. I recently did a head gasket and belt swap and changed the oil while I was at it. I put Rotella 15-40 in. Now the weather has turned colder in the mornings and I am getting the dreaded starter clutch spin problem when I first try to start it. I have read some of the topics here that suggest going to 10-40. My quesiton is if there is a particular brand/type. I know a lot of people suggest a diesel grade oil which is why i went with the Rotella but Rotella doesn't come in 10-40(at least where I live)
 

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Before going to a lighter oil, check the voltage at your starter when you crank the engine. If it has less than 10V on the terminal that may be part of the problem. The starter needs 10V to crank reliably.
 

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Agree with ex to check the cranking voltage first. If your oil is fresh I would just add a Cup of MMO to thin it some. That will also help clean the rollers in the Sprague Clutch.
 

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It's getting colder even in Texas. I run 10-30 in the winter months and 20-50 in the summer. With the 20-50 my starter also spins when it's cold. Won't get into oil brands. As long as it meets specs and has no additives you will be ok.
 

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rcmatt007 wrote:
time to sell the bike at below market value.....
Rodger



You can not buy every bike that someone has a problem with:shock::shock::shock::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 

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I only paid 700 for it so I'll keep it for awhile
 

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Whikserfish has the right advice using the MMO. Been there, done that. Worked for me.

John
 
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