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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Engine Oil for the the 103's

About to do the second service on my 2012 Roady and I am trying to figure out what's the best oil for my engine. I used M1 20/50 in my 2008 but the manual says something about oil with the same propreties for use in diesel engines being better. I know there is A LOT of opinions about oil but post them all so I can get some good info about it.


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Pick a 20/50 oil that you like and stick with it. Truth be told, there really isn't a bad oil out there anymore. Even the cheapest of todays oils work just fine. The key is proper service intervals.
Now get a tub of popcorn and watch the opinions fly. Most everyone on here is going to say either Amsoil, Mobile1, Redline, or Royal Purple. Oh and there will be the occasional Valvoline user. Not bashing anyone opinions, this is just my observance after 30 plus years in the maintenance field.
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If memory serves, the Maint Manual's reference to Diesel Engine oil is in the event if oil, specific to air-cooled engines, is NOT available - then go with a diesel formulated oil.
The question I would ask, is whether you plan to change your oil at 3000 mile, or 5000 mile intervals. I personally enjoy maintaining my bike so I use conventional, rather than synthetic oil to save $$$. Also, I am changing fluids way before they start to break down so the engine is fully protected.
As has been said, any reputable brand of oil - specific to air-cooled engines is good.
Just don't mix conventional with synthetic. If you switch to synthetic, stay with synthetic.
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You can easily go 5000 miles on dino oil. Changing it sooner may give you piece of mind but it will also give you a lighter wallet.
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Dino oil

What is dino oil?
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What is dino oil?


Your standard oil that comes from the ground (made with dinosaur remains)..


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I really just wanted to hear from those with the 103's about the diesel properties oil or not.
But of corse I would like to know what everyone is using? No Arguing,just what are you using?


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Syn 3 for all holes. This is my third HD and knock on wood, no engine problems!

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