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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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So I have a 2015 RG with about 6400 miles on it. At the 5000 mile mark I switched over to Amsoil Synthetic and all has seemed to be fine. However I'm in the dealer the other day and he was saying that Amsoil is really good but that availability isn't always as easy to get if your on the road and need an oil change. He also said that its not good to switch oils generally that you should pick and oil and stick with it. I'm wondering what everyone's thoughts are on this. Will it cause issues to switch over to harley synthetic at this point? Is the Harley synthetic as good as Amsoil?

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No, Harley's synthetic is not as good as AMSOIL. If you're on the road and you need some AMSOIL, just use the AMSOIL locator at http://www.amsoil.com/locator/map.aspx to find some; if you need something in a pinch, adding some Mobil 1 would be ok.


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I had a HD service writer tell me my OEM Dunlop was cracking because of freon leaking from a storage freezer in the garage. I almost starting laughing because it was only happening to the front tire. The rear tire closest to the freezer as well as my wife's car and her bike showed no signs on cracking lol. I no longer run Dunlops or have any service done at this Dealer.
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So I have a 2015 RG with about 6400 miles on it. At the 5000 mile mark I switched over to Amsoil Synthetic and all has seemed to be fine. However I'm in the dealer the other day and he was saying that Amsoil is really good but that availability isn't always as easy to get if your on the road and need an oil change. He also said that its not good to switch oils generally that you should pick and oil and stick with it. I'm wondering what everyone's thoughts are on this. Will it cause issues to switch over to harley synthetic at this point? Is the Harley synthetic as good as Amsoil?

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First of all, if I'm taking a road trip that runs during the time of my oil change, I'm changing the oil before I leave, regardless of how many miles the oil in the bike has on it.. surely within 5-10k miles I can find some Amsoil VTwin.. imho.
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I agree, i run redline because its easier to find by me,i used to run amsoil, one switch if you had to wont matter, i would not use harley syn 3, its crap IMO, better of with mobil 1 V-twin, belray or the two we mentioned earlier. I am sure you can find one of these somewhere on the road.
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So I have a 2015 RG with about 6400 miles on it. At the 5000 mile mark I switched over to Amsoil Synthetic and all has seemed to be fine. However I'm in the dealer the other day and he was saying that Amsoil is really good but that availability isn't always as easy to get if your on the road and need an oil change. He also said that its not good to switch oils generally that you should pick and oil and stick with it. I'm wondering what everyone's thoughts are on this. Will it cause issues to switch over to harley synthetic at this point? Is the Harley synthetic as good as Amsoil?

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If you are on the road and need to add oil and can't find your brand of synthetic, use a quart of Rotella diesel oil and you will be fine. When you get home, drain the oil at the next change interval and put back in what you normally use.
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Why?

Honestly... why use Amsoil on a stock 2015 twin cam? It only makes it noisier. If you are set on Syn oils.. one switch in the engine to HD wont make any difference.

I do agree that HD Syn3 is not as good as some others but that only means it breaks down faster.

On a stock Twin Cam... I'd use Dino oil and RedLine in the Tranny once a year. In the Primary... HD formula is great. But with Dino you do have to change it every 3500-4000 miles.

But if you aare set on Amsoil... take 3 quarts with you if you are doing a coastal circuit... or scout out where you will be (before you leave) at the time you need a change and I'm sure there are tons of Amsoil places there... or within 500 miles.

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First I get used oil analysis done at most every change , I usually use Redline 20w-60 , and in a pinch will use something else thats full syn , I like Valvoline Racing 20w-50 FS ..

I switch regularly and have no issues .. Find a full syn that YOU like and change it when it needs it . Oil related failures are very rare and most can be attributed to either not changing it or a pre existing issue that wasn't known at the oil change ..

I and others have oil analysis that shows the Harley Syn isn't 'crap' like 99.9% of the people say .. My reason for not using Harley's oil on a regular basis , which is a blend and not a full syn , is at the price they want for it , I can buy a full synthetic .. Actually the Harley Syn 3 is one of my better oil analysis ..

My riding budd passed away last September and all he ever used was Harley dino and Syn3 , he never had an oil failure and he rode over 50k a year for over thirty years , his bikes all ran well over 100k before he got rid of them , never an oil issue .. He had a 1987 EVO Tour Glide that was totaled with 187000 on it and cases and heads never came off the bike ..

Use the FS you want and dont worry about mixing , isn't an issue ..
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I had a HD service writer tell me my OEM Dunlop was cracking because of freon leaking from a storage freezer in the garage. I almost starting laughing because it was only happening to the front tire. The rear tire closest to the freezer as well as my wife's car and her bike showed no signs on cracking lol. I no longer run Dunlops or have any service done at this Dealer.

But you fix the Freon leak? Lol
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Maybe not exactly the right thread for this question but I have a 17' RGS and I'm in need of doing my first oil change and I'm going with Redline again in all the 3 holes. I know I'm getting 20w50 for the engine and shock proof for the tranny but do you know by chance what the primary gets in a Redline oil ? The dealership doesn't know what viscosity to get other than telling me use the Harley stuff......I don't want it.

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