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Old 12-30-2012, 12:11 PM
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Rotella T 15w-40

Switched this weekend, it came highly recommended by those who know. Since Valvoline raised their prices to 12.00 a qt for conventional oil I'm done with them.
Only got about 100 miles on it this weekend but initial observations are it's a good oil for winter. No noticeable changes in oil pressure cold or hot, seemed to start easier, no engine noise whatsoever and I noticed that swish swish piston noise is gone that I had with the valvoline 20-50. Better yet it's dirt cheap at Wally world, 8.00 a gallon, it's rated for all kinds of diesels and it's wet clutch approved so I put it in the primary and it shifts smooth and reduced the first gear cold clunk. May be to light for summer but we will see when it gets here.
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Too light for summer, not light enough for cold weather. You want a 10W for cold starts (below 50 degrees).
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doesn't very often get to/below 50 in the garage in Charlotte or in Columbia .....
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I ran Rotella 15W-40 exclusively in my 3406-B kitty cat powered Freightliner.

I liked the oil so much I'd get it in 55 gal. drums!!!!!!

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so if the garage only gets down to 20 does it really matter? back in the day when you were dealing with a kick starter you wanted nice thin oil for the winter to save your knees, but with a pushbutton and a big battery is it as important? drunken thoughts....
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so if the garage only gets down to 20 does it really matter? back in the day when you were dealing with a kick starter you wanted nice thin oil for the winter to save your knees, but with a pushbutton and a big battery is it as important? drunken thoughts....
Yeah, it matters. Oil gets thicker when it gets colder. Last year I had the dealer do the service on Vader since I was a little under the weather. When I brought it up to the new house it was around 20 degrees. The bike sounded like it was full of marbles for a couple of minutes until the bike warmed up.

10W40 in both bikes from October thru March solves the problem.
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Sounds like it's a good thing I didn't want to ride to work this morning at 27 degrees since the FatBoy has 20/50 Harley blood in it and sitting outside!
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I thought its always warm in the south
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