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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Red Line Issues?

I have my bike scheduled to go in to the Dealer next week for the 1000 mile service and a Fuel Moto stage two set up. I asked the service guy about using Red Line products in all three holes because I have read great things about these products. He told me that he wouldn't recommend Red Line and that his Techs have seen a lot of bad transmission problems on bikes that have been running Red Line. I know opinions vary but with info like that, it's hard for me to move forward with this product line. I would hate to think that he would lie to me but man, this is the only bad reviews that I have heard, regarding Red Line. What are all of your thoughts on what I'm being told? Thanks in advance.

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Sounds like BS to me. I have heard nothing but amazing things about Redline. I switched to Redline in all 3 holes this winter and the bike runs fantastic –*quieter, cooler and super smooth shifting. But opinions on bike fluids are a dime a dozen my friend.
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Could be that they have been told to down play other fluids in order to sell more of the HD brand. Can't really blame them because that's exactly what every brand does. Sure Redline is great stuff and many swear by it but truth be told you can get the same results with several other brands out there. It's not like RL is a magic oil that does anything miraculous. Just people like what they like and have different experiences to come to that conclusion to justify it. If you want to run RL then do it and don't worry about it or just run what they recommend and if something happens they can't say anything because you followed their advice. Some will comment and bash the dealership for making those claims but I expect them to do it.

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Been working Purchasing/Supply Chain for over 20 years. The minute a rep starts saying bad things about a competitive product I stop them and ask them to explain what/why there product is better related to the specific "issue" they are trying say the other product has. What differentiates your product/service that is better or an improvement? I don't want anecdotal stories, I want documented evidence.

Some oil doesn't breakdown as fast, whatever. Show me the data to back up your claims. Show me a single case where the type of oil used caused a breakdown. Otherwise, you are just blowing smoke, and I don't have time for that.

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He is blowing smoke up your derriere , Redline is great , been using it in all three holes for quite a while .. I'm sure whatever he is promoting is much better , just ask him and he will tell you ..

Like the others said , he is being told to push what they sell ...
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134,000 miles, Redline in the Tranny, Type F tranny fluid in the Primary, and Mobil1 15w-50 regular motor oil in the crankcase.

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Red Line all the way

Have been running Redline in all 3 holes in last bike and now this bike.

20W50 in the engine
Transmission fluid with Shockproof in the Transmission
Primary Fluid in the primary.

It's your bike, burn what you want, not what they tell is better. As stated above,

#1 prove his alternative is better? Facts, show me in writing, tests, data
#2 prove your choice will void a warranty? Facts, show me in writing
#3 what is he selling instead?. Facts, who makes the money on what he sells?

You are giving him the $ for the labor and possibly the $ markup on the Fuel Moto components, now he's just getting greedy.

A stage II is easy to do you could save yourself the labor costs if you are mechanically inclined, so you are doing him the favor of feeding his kids and saving for college for them or his retirement.

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I have a 2012 Road Glide Custom. Been running Redline transmission w/ shockproof for the last 4 years. Prior to putting the Redline in the transmission I had a a very difficult time finding neutral. Now its just an easy tap.
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post #9 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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I did the stage 2 on my last bike but with this one being under warranty, they said if they do it then they will still honor the factory warranty, should there be a problem. I agree with all of you on the subject of the oil but I figure I'll let them take care of the 1000 mile service, then I'll run Red Line. I am having them put Performance + in the tranny. I'm just ready to hear this thing already.
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Been using Redline with shock proof in the MC trans for decades without any problems. The tech is FOS.
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