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post #1 of 7 Old Dec 17th, 2005, 6:44 pm Thread Starter
 
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Engine oil for break-in period

For proper engine break-in of the LT in a warm climate, which BMW "petroleum-base" oil is best 10W-40 or 20W-50? Any feedback is appreciated!
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For proper engine break-in of the LT in a warm climate, which BMW "petroleum-base" oil is best 10W-40 or 20W-50? Any feedback is appreciated!
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I used the 20/50 for the first 14,000 miles then switched to the BMW synthetic. The switch to synthetic at that time was due to a 50cc gold ride. I felt the petroleum oil would be stressed on that ride. Continuing to use the BMW oil no problems 74,000 on the odometer.
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Break-in oil

Thanks for the quick responses. I do not have access to the manuals yet.
I have a 06 LT on order and was trying to get a head-start on the best weight engine oil. I was under the impression that it is best to utilize a high quality, low-viscosity (petroleum-base) oil for critical seating of the piston rings during break-in. My goal is for proper engine break-in that should produce an engine that achieves a max power output w/minimum oil consumption. I then plan on switching to a full 100% synthetic oil when 10-15,000 miles is attained on the odometer.
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BMW of Denver has advised not to change to Synthetic until 18,000 Miles !
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20-50 is the best all-round weight oil for most temps. The whole issue about syn oil vs dino oil is mostly based on the R engines that use oil while 'breaking' in . The K engines don't seem to 'suffer' the oilconsumption issue as much, so after 6K it is fine to go to syn oil if the engine doesn't use any. I did and my 'old' 05LT has 40K on it last I heard from my dealer. I now ride a 06 R 1150 GS Adv SE and at 6K I will switch to synthetic as for some reason this bike doesn't use oil unlike my 04 RT.
With the RT I had to wait untill 12K miles before switching.
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I posted a comment on the old forum about break in which I feel is crucial to a new engine. Read this before you start riding....

http://www.bmwlt.net/ubbthreads/show...ts&Main=257907

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