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post #1 of 11 Old May 14th, 2008, 12:11 pm Thread Starter
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Oil Brand?

OKay another OILY post.

My first change (new to me but a 2006 model) I used 10-40w Spectro Gold Semi-Syn mototrcycle oil.

Any druthers out there for a another brand?
Or is it basically what you feel good with?

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post #2 of 11 Old May 14th, 2008, 12:35 pm
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Oil Thread!!!
Funny, I just asked this question.

The BMW manual recommends Castrol GPS 10w-40 API SG, JASO MA (the last bit means no friction modifiers, which is important for a wet clutch). This is available at Cycle Gear shops.

BMW now uses Spectro oils, in the same weight and class ratings.

Folks around here either go with one of the above, or Amsoil, or Mobil 1 4T, or pretty much anything that meets the above specs.

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Re: Oil Brand?

I just put a Rekluse Auto-Clutch in my KTM and Rekluse recommended Shell Rotela T. I was so impressed with it in the KTM that I did some homework and based on that decided to put it in the LT last night. When I started the bike up it was much quieter than it has been for the past couple of years. It even seems to idle smoother and overall just runs better. I would not have believed it, but that was my observations. See disclaimer below!

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FYI: the KTM's clutch oil is also the engine oil (i.e. not separate).

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Re: Oil Brand?

I just bought and changed oil in a used 07. I put in semi-syn Castrol 10-40 which didn't produce any clutch slippage even under full throttle 1st & 2nd gear acceleration at which time I ran out of room/sack.

According to the PDX parts guys, BMW has loosened the no syn requirement. On a personal note, if you change oil every 3K it is hard to justify $15-16/qt

Just my $.02
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I was able to pick up the BMW-recommended Castrol GPS 10w-40 API SG, JASO MA at my local Cycle Gear shop for around $9/liter. Then I grabbed a new filter and crush washer from my local dealer. Oil change done without issue, except that they gave me the wrong crush washer (even though I brought in the right part number from BMW's own GT parts catalog). I just reused the old one and buttoned her back up.

In researching oil filter options, I noticed that K&N has a filter with a 17mm nut on the bottom. That may make swapping the oil filter and torquing the new one down much easier using standard sockets.

Has anyone used one of the KN-164 filters on a new K- or R-bike?

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This thing works like a charm!
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A $35 wrench for a $15 filter? It'd better work like a charm.

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And, as an added bonus:

"Got an old K bike & and R12GS? We have one wrench to pull BOTH style filters for them. This wrench fits ALL BMW oil filters that are used on bikes produced after 1985."

Soooo, that $35 wrench goes a long way.
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Yeah, I suppose if you have a stable full of bikes then $35 isn't too bad. It sure is nice machine work, but just way more than I want or need.

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Re: Oil Brand?

BMW can recommend until they are blue and white in the face ,if they require a brand of oil to keep up the warrantee they have to provide it ,what they can require is a API spec. oil of a ceratin weight be it synthetic ,petro or cabbage oil .
To carry that API spec on the label the oil must meet the MINIMUM specifications
so within a API spec there is good,better and best ,which one is best is the subject of the never ending debate !
So until someone can prove to me that one type or brand of oil made a engine last longer any oil that meets the API spec is good enough .
If you have seen the bottom end of a BMW engine you will note that they look very robust ! almost like a small diesel engine and not very demanding of lube .
I read the OM and take that as the minimum and go up from there.

Just my opinion and observation

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