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Rear Drive & Transmission Gear Lube Question

Don't mean to start another oil thread but I do have a question. I've been using ****** gear lube in all my bikes since back in 1999. I've recently moved to a new area and cannot find a convenient retail source for those products and I'm due for a major service on the LT. Yea, I know I can become a "dealer" but don't want to spend the $30 or so to do that. My usage is not sufficient to justify that.

Anyway, my question is; What are ya'll using for gear lube? I'm looking for something that's readily available in the retail market place and that is hi quality and compatible with the ****** that I've been using. Suggestions?
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OK, I give up. sorry about posting this twice. Can't seem to figure out how to delete it. also the software doesn't seem to like it when I type ******! that is A M S O I L
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Re: REAR DRIVE & TRANSMISSION GEAR LUBE QUESTION

I'm not a tribologist but as I understand it, part of meeting the API and manufacturer specification for a lubricant is being compatible with all oils meeting the same specification. Even synthetic and mineral base are fully compatible so long as they meet the same specs.
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Re: REAR DRIVE & TRANSMISSION GEAR LUBE QUESTION

I used to use Mobil 1...Now I use Bel-Ray Gear Saver.. It has greatly improved the shifting of the RT...

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Re: REAR DRIVE & TRANSMISSION GEAR LUBE QUESTION

When I went on the Wally's World 12 step program I switched from Mobil 1 to the NAPA brand, about 50k ago. Can't tell any difference. Sure don't miss Wally's World
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OK, I give up. sorry about posting this twice. Can't seem to figure out how to delete it. also the software doesn't seem to like it when I type ******! that is A M S O I L
You can order direct if you have the retailer's Distributor number. PM me if you would like some help.
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Don't mean to start another oil thread but I do have a question. I've been using ****** gear lube in all my bikes since back in 1999. I've recently moved to a new area and cannot find a convenient retail source for those products and I'm due for a major service on the LT. Yea, I know I can become a "dealer" but don't want to spend the $30 or so to do that. My usage is not sufficient to justify that.

Anyway, my question is; What are ya'll using for gear lube? I'm looking for something that's readily available in the retail market place and that is hi quality and compatible with the ****** that I've been using. Suggestions?
Tom Cutter of Rubber Chicken Racing Garage fame says he has seen very good results with plain old Castrol Hypoy C. Unfortunately, I can't find that in my area so I will likely use either Mobil 1 synthetic or order the Castrol online or maybe buy the "A" brand that you are using now. If you are a BMWMOA member, I beleive they run ads in each issue about a way to order it online using a BMWMOA code.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I was thinking about Mobile 1 but will also check out the MOA for the advertisement.
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Re: REAR DRIVE & TRANSMISSION GEAR LUBE QUESTION

Depending how much oil you would use in a year, the $30 may still be worth it. I did that last year and bought a case, and even with that, delivery and taxes, it was still a lot cheaper than any of the local retailers, plus it arrived at my door two days after I ordered it. I have a bit of a collection, so end up using more than a case every year.
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I use Royal Purple. Readily available, meets the specs and matches the color of the bike. It's a 3fer. What could be better?

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I use Royal Purple. Readily available, meets the specs and matches the color of the bike. It's a 3fer. What could be better?

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It doesn't match my gray LT. :-)
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Been using the Beemerboneyard stuff. Works for me.
http://www.beemerboneyard.com/trfidroil.html
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Re: REAR DRIVE & TRANSMISSION GEAR LUBE QUESTION

Just a reminder, remember the thousand or so oil threads, It finally came down to BMW saying to use a lower-narow viscosity rear diff oil, the thicker oil up to 140viscosity was not coating the bearing is what i remember,,,im running royal purple 85-95,and have used ****** in the same viscocity...matthew
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Just a reminder, remember the thousand or so oil threads, It finally came down to BMW saying to use a lower-narow viscosity rear diff oil, the thicker oil up to 140viscosity was not coating the bearing is what i remember,,,im running royal purple 85-95,and have used ****** in the same viscocity...matthew
That may be true, but I am skeptical. I am pretty convinced from all of the work that Charlie, John and others have done, that the issue has nothing to do with oil and everything to do with proper preload. I really believe that a properly preloaded bearing is going to live long and prosper with almost any quality gear oil.
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