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Ok, so my bike, like I think all 1200's do, shifted like a tractor with a bad clutch, nuetral was impossible to find, and sometimes the clutch just didn't feel right. I've been reading for months about how using Delo 400 oil quiets the gearbox down and makes everything run smoother.

Well, I'm a "I'll believe it when I see it" kinda guy. I've seen it now. :shock:!!!!! It's like a whole new bike. No more clunk, no more bump going into first, nuetral is right there every time (ok, more than it was anyway :D). Seriously, that stuff makes a DRAMATIC difference! And it's dirt cheap to boot!

You guys win, I'm a convert, I won't doubt you again :bow::bow:
 

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You just gotta try it, you'll liiiiiike it!
 

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blackknytecnc wrote:
Ok, so my bike, like I think all 1200's do, shifted like a tractor with a bad clutch, nuetral was impossible to find, and sometimes the clutch just didn't feel right. I've been reading for months about how using Delo 400 oil quiets the gearbox down and makes everything run smoother.

Well, I'm a "I'll believe it when I see it" kinda guy. I've seen it now. :shock:!!!!! It's like a whole new bike. No more clunk, no more bump going into first, nuetral is right there every time (ok, more than it was anyway :D). Seriously, that stuff makes a DRAMATIC difference! And it's dirt cheap to boot!

You guys win, I'm a convert, I won't doubt you again :bow::bow:


Wow .... I neverthought that about 1200s? Mine shifts GREAT and always has since 25K miles. I mean, yeah .... clutchtends to be stictioned a little first pull, like the plates are sticky .... but that frees up fast.

I thought my 1500 Trike was rough because I had had that shift linkage and FBs on it, but after I eliminated all linkage and built a new shift lever that works with the FBs with no linkage, it's also super. I guess I just had that linkage and HT shifter so long I forgot how it shifted with stock shifter. Also probably helped by eliminating excess travel when I tightened up that clamp nut on the intermediate shift shaft on it?

Might try that Delo 400 stuff though, if it's OK with wet clutches?
 

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I Have a freind going to the USA for vacation next week and he will bring me back 4x 4 liters jugs just to make sure it is DELO 400 LE 15W40 write ?????? if i am correct apporx 13$ each ....
 

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You (^) are correct. And no sales tax in Oregon...
 

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I Have a freind going to the USA for vacation next week and he will bring me back 4x 4 liters jugs just to make sure it is DELO 400 LE 15W40 write ?????? if i am correct apporx 13$ each ....
That'sthe stuff :thumbsup:
 

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DELO 400 LE 15W40 huh? :bow:



I have an oil change coming up soon, might leave the blend on the shelf and give Delo a whirl! I'm not adverse to better, I just had no complaints before.

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Might try that Delo 400 stuff though, if it's OK with wet clutches? Last edited on Fri Mar 16th, 2012 04:58 pm by CrystalPistol

IT IS Fine for the clutch. It would not be on here if were a problem. SEARCH IT OUT ON THE FORUM SEARCH BAR AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
 

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Being a truck driver and running a bus company over the years have a long history with Delo. Have seen som eother oils go from good to not so good, but Delo has always worked.Love it in the wing and more. Have even tried the Honda oil, no contest Delo is better.
 

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IT IS Fine for the clutch. It would not be on here if were a problem. SEARCH IT OUT ON THE FORUM SEARCH BAR AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
I usually do ..... :cool:
 

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Glad to hear it worked for ya, I have promised Dusty I'll put it in mine the day I can't find Castrol or Mobil 1 synthetic anymore....
 

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Well, I'm due for a change. I have put a lot of hard miles (266,210K)on Valvoline Racing oil with no problems. It is up to 6 bucks a quart though...maybe I'll try Delo.
 

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I'm a convert. I dumped GN4 into my 1200 for 16 years. It worked fine. After I got my 1800 I stayed with the GN4, and again it worked fine. Reading a little on here and a few conversations with Rudy and I tried it last year. The stuff works. The bike shifts smoother and quieter. I am a few miles behind Dennis, but I'm convinced.
 

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I'm a convert. I dumped GN4 into my 1200 for 16 years. It worked fine. After I got my 1800 I stayed with the GN4, and again it worked fine. Reading a little on here and a few conversations with Rudy and I tried it last year. The stuff works. The bike shifts smoother and quieter. I am a few miles behind Dennis, but I'm convinced.
I think most of us are a few miles behind Dennis :D. Goldwing or not, that's a lot of miles for one fella to ride :shock:.
 

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Not saying anything negative about it, but I refuse to use anything but 20w50 in all my bikes. I am currently using Walmart SuperTech 20w50 in my '85 LTD, and changing it every 1000 miles. After a few more times of that, I may change to Castrol 20w50, and change it every 2000-3000 miles. Whoever had this bike before me obviously did not take care of it, the oil that was in it when I got it looked like black paint. The 1000 mile oil changes are slowly cleaning out the engine. But here in Phoenix, where summer temperatures reach close to 120 degrees, 20w50 is the thinnest oil I will use, and am considering straight 50w for summer use in the Goldwing.
 

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I would have always agreed with you too. I've been using 20/50 on evrything since my first summer here, but I can't argue with results that imediate. I would prefer it if the delo were 20/50, but as long as it keeps performing like this, I'll stick with it
 

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I don't doubt it shifts better. With thinner oil you have less fluid friction from the clutch, so it releases better, and more completely. But my main concern is something you can't hear or feel. Heavier oil has more load bearing ability and a much stronger film strength than lighter oil. I'm afraid of the thinner oil breaking down in the extreme heat we have here, and allowing metal to metal contact.

I had some shifting issues with mine when I first got it. First problem was the floorboards and heal and toe shifter. Once I replaced that setup with stock pegs and a regular shifter, it got a LOT better. Next problem was the clutch was not disengaging properly. After rebuilding the master cylinder and replacing the slave cylinder, installing a SpeedBleeder, and bleeding it properly, the clutch lever has very little free play in it, and disengages after being pulled back about 1/4". Another major improvement. Next was simply learning how to shift it. It is a bit clunkier than most bikes I've had, but with some practice, and everything working as it should, I now get mostly clunk free shifts.
 

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Delo400 15w40 will do just fine. I rode that bike everyday to work right into downtown Phoenix a lot of years. 118* temps did not faze it a bit.


if you will put some Sea Foam in the crankcase with it, the oil will clean up right away. 200 miles with 4 oz Sea Foam will get all the dirty stuff out of the crankcase.

I did that on my 94SE and the crud just dumped out.
After that, the Delo 400 15w40 kept the engine and clutch all happy. No more shifting problems or clutch problems.

That is until Penske T-boned it.
 

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dj norm wrote:
I Have a freind going to the USA for vacation next week and he will bring me back 4x 4 liters jugs just to make sure it is DELO 400 LE 15W40 write ?????? if i am correct apporx 13$ each ....
DJ, if you can find some Rotella 15/40 locally it works just as well, we get it at Canadian Tire or the Tractor Store (TSC), The 20 L pail is on sale this week :waving:
 

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Well I'm due for an oil change soon so I'll bite. Who has it? Walmart or auto parts stores?
 
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