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Is it ok to go back to regular oil?

After reading up on synthetic oil here I went ahead and switched over on my '05 LT. Runs great. Unfortunately, I then found another thread that says don't run synthetic until the bike hits 18k miles. Heh. Now they tell me. I only have 7500.

Is it ok to go back to regular oil or should I just stick with it the way it is?
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After reading up on synthetic oil here I went ahead and switched over on my '05 LT. Runs great. Unfortunately, I then found another thread that says don't run synthetic until the bike hits 18k miles. Heh. Now they tell me. I only have 7500.

Is it ok to go back to regular oil or should I just stick with it the way it is?
There is a lot of controversy on this subject. The issue is related to new motor Run In. If you aggressively ran the bike with on off full throttle sprints then allowing to cool your rings seat very fast. If you babied the bike you might not develop optimum combustion chamber sealing. If your bike does not use oil chances are you are OK. I know others will chime in on this one.
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I did my fair share of open throttle sprints...

But yes, it did use a small amount of oil even before the changeover to synthetic. Unfortunately, I can't say how much over how many miles but I don't think it was excessive.
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My opinion..... Probably won't make any difference that you'd be able to detect.
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If you do decide to "go back"...why not first go with a semi-synthetic (dino/synth blend)? Then, at 12K you can go with dino. Then at 18K, go back to the full synth.

Personally...I say, "FORGET ABOUT IT!". But, what do I know?
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My dealer switched my oil at 6,000 miles. He said dont worry about it, it will be fine.
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If you had a older certain brand of a V-twin you would only have to worry about adding and not changing oil

Seriously regular changing of the oil form synth to dino should not be problem. The synth will by theory alone delay the initial wear of the components. This is due to the inherient increased lubricity of synth oils.

it is better to change dino every 3k than keep synth in there for 12k

Changing oil regularly removes the nasty stuff that is the by product of the internal combustion engine that will degrade the oils lubricating properties.

Just MY opinion.

FWIW I use synth and change oil & filter every 6k.

Synth is better for the following reasons:
better lubricity
higher much higer temperature tolerance
flows much better when cold.
Holds up under pressure better than dino

That is why jet engines use synth.

Changing oil is far cheaper than an engine rebuild even synth.

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post #9 of 19 Old Dec 23rd, 2005, 8:49 am Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the responses. Since no one was vehemently opposed to going back to dyno oil or strongly recommending going back, I'll just leave it as it is - at least until the next change.

The weather is looking good for a ride the next couple days - now if I can just get it out of the garage - any suggestions on eliminating a 1" layer of ice on a gravel driveway?
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A blow torch or maybe a flame thrower
Funny! Those are the very thoughts I had this morning while I was waiting for my shop light to melt it's little circle.
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OMG! You're a braver man than I. I wouldn't even attempt that.
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OMG! You're a braver man than I. I wouldn't even attempt that.
It's fine, with a little skill, and luck, and the multiple Motolights aimed just right for maximum melt efficiency.

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You will be just fine. Porsche and Corvettes come from the factory with synthetic, for crying out loud.

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You will be just fine. Porsche and Corvettes come from the factory with synthetic, for crying out loud.
Ew!!! You just compared a bike to a cage! You outta be LOCKED UP!!!
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changed over to synth at 1k miles... Aggressive break in... have 10k now
Zero oil usage... should be fine....Don't worry...!!!
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