oil question

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by marknett, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. marknett

    marknett Active Member

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    Ihave a 1996 12oo sportsterthat I need to change the oil in the primary .. I want to go with a synthetic so what do you guys recommend?
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    H D formula + is a good choice
     
  3. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    As the sportster primary oil also lubricates the gearbox the oil needs to be suitable for a gearbox and a wet clutch Harley formula+ is suitable but there are others but they do need to be formulated for the sportster trans

    Brian
     
  4. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Definitely don't want synth in primary on Sporty - possible slippage - stick w/HD Formula+...
     
  5. marknett

    marknett Active Member

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    Thanks for the replys :)
     
  6. whacko

    whacko Junior Member

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    You will hear lots of opinions here on what tyoe if oil is best for your ride. I believe it is similar to tire choices.....how do you ride and what have you done to the bike! My ride is strictly stock.....no performance upgrades....and I commute on mine and tour on weekends which puts lots of miles on my bike but none of the miles are "hard"!.....in other words I don't ride with my hair on fire! I use conventional oil but change it often. Change all 3 holes every 5k and engine oil every 2,500 to keep the oil clean.

    If you ride hard and have performance upgrades going to synthetic is a good idea.....but for me.....conventional oil is fine IMO for how I ride......econimical because I put on about 12k miles a year and change it multiple times during the season.
     
  7. Terry Jackson

    Terry Jackson Member

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    I went to Mobile V-twin full synthetic in my sportster, and the transmission & clutch worked much better than factory oil for me.
     
  8. gusotto

    gusotto Junior Member

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    I've been running the recommended Harley Sport-Trans since the bike was new. ("02 Sporty)

    I can get the Sport-Trans and why shop around with a product that works? Not going to save money (gas) by driving all over.
    I get thousands of miles in for just a few dollars for the oils.

    Harley has replaced the Sport-Trans with the Formula+ and if needed, just stop in any Harley shop and buy it.

    Wal-Mart isn't a motorcycle shop.