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Offline hanger

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Advise on oil brand
« on: April 16, 2018, 10:25:34 AM »
What brand of oil are you guys running in your shovels? I picked up a 76 and getting ready to start it after sitting a couple years.

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 11:23:17 AM »
Here we go. H-D 20-50syn3 with an oil cooler on the Shovel and Road King.
Anyone else notice Harley runs oil coolers standard now?
You can try and make something idiot-proof, but those idiots are so darn clever

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 12:49:35 PM »
Does Harley still offer a straight 60 wt?

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 01:11:53 PM »
Does Harley still offer a straight 60 wt?



They still do I believe but finding a dealer that stocks it another story . Since your deal is more on availability, most auto parts houses sell Valvoline in 60w you would be fine with

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 04:58:09 AM »
I run Valvoline as well. I like to think "Old technology likes old technology" so I run fossil oil. Your local parts store should be able to get it if they don't have it but I have found the big chain stores ( O Riley's and the like) tend to be a little prouder of theirs
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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 05:37:16 AM »
auto parts stores here in California don't carry 60w  oils any longer, it has to do with air pollution and wanting you to use thin oils so your motor spins easier. Not even cycle gear carries 60w here. Some of the Motorcycle shops still have Drag specialties 60 , but that's about it! I buy Brad Penn, Penn Grade 60 motorcycle oil on ebay to put into shovels. Good oil , good price, delivered right to my door.

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 11:07:19 AM »
Does Harley still offer a straight 60 wt?



They still do I believe but finding a dealer that stocks it another story . Since your deal is more on availability, most auto parts houses sell Valvoline in 60w you would be fine with

 My local dealer, Historic H-D of Topeka still carries it. I guess since they do restoration they should.

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2018, 05:01:09 PM »
LiquidMoly 10-60 synthetic but it's an S&S "shovel".
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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2018, 05:39:58 PM »
Clean

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2018, 05:49:47 PM »
Clean

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2018, 05:24:31 AM »
I run Valvoline 60 wt. Local auto parts carries it.
Patience is such a waste of time .

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2018, 07:14:52 AM »
Castrol GTX, 20-50, helps engine turn over in the cold Pa. winters. Frank

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2018, 08:51:48 AM »
Brad Penn makes the single weight GREEN OIL. Its not a synthetic it works well. I use amsoil cause I'm a dealer
Amsoil makes a 60sae oil I use in all my bikes from shovel to twin cam
I tried 20/50 in my shovel I didn't care for the hot oil pressure at Idle


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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2018, 01:48:10 PM »
Brad Penn makes the single weight GREEN OIL. Its not a synthetic it works well. I use amsoil cause I'm a dealer
Amsoil makes a 60sae oil I use in all my bikes from shovel to twin cam
I tried 20/50 in my shovel I didn't care for the hot oil pressure at Idle


                               I'm running a jacked up oil pump, so I don't see any problems with hot idle.                                                                   MIKE

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2018, 08:12:15 PM »
Yes oil is like a religous topic. I always figured that since a HD does not have plain bearings, and thus does not need a lot of oil pressure, who cares what it is at idle as long as it isn't zero, an the tappets are not clacking. A roller bearing bottom end just needs a squirt of oil to keep the rollers wet.

I'm more concerned at how little oil flows when it is cold at start up. I too like Castrol 20W-50.

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2018, 07:05:22 AM »
yes oil Threads  are very opinionated , based on experience. Like said clean oil is the best! The only motorcycle motor I ever blew up and that was completely wasted after it blew had Castrol 20-50 in it. Not saying that Castrol is necessarily  bad oil , but based upon my experience with it I don't use it...

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2018, 08:42:53 AM »
I'm totally with you on the clean oil. I tend to change oil every 2000 miles, which is why I don't use the $15/qt stuff. I buy the Castrol by the 5 qt jug, usually on sale.

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Re: Advise on oil brand
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2018, 05:10:22 PM »
I'm totally with you on the clean oil. I tend to change oil every 2000 miles, which is why I don't use the $15/qt stuff. I buy the Castrol by the 5 qt jug, usually on sale.

-JW

Lately it would take 6-8 years for me to hit 2K on my 76.   :embarrassed:
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