Reg. Oil or Synthetic

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by BayouHawg, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. BayouHawg

    BayouHawg Member

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    I have a 2002 Softtail Heritage with just under 24,000 miles. It has always had regular harley oil put in it, is it too late to switch toi synthetic. If not what do ya'll suggest. Thanks for the info.
     
  2. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Never too soon or too late. Most use Mobil 1, Spectro, or Amsoil.
     
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    You can change it anytime. I change the oil at 100 miles on a new bike and do it then.
     
  4. The4opps1

    The4opps1 Junior Member

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    Used Harley oil in my '99 Ultra until I did the roller chain conversion. Went with Mobil 1 V-Twin and have never been happier with the performance of the oil. My scoot had about 70,000 when I changed....
     
  5. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Go with Synthetic at anytime...much petrol research has been done promoting it's attributes, all I perceive is that the bike is quieter and oil coming out at 2-3k miles is not black like regular "dino-oil", IMHO..."--isn't your two-wheeled baby worth it"?
     
  6. BayouHawg

    BayouHawg Member

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    Thanks for all the info. I appreciate it.
     
  7. jfbloom

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    Does anyone know whether or not you need to flush out the reg. oil before using the synthetic? and if so, what do you flush with?
     
  8. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    JMO --- no need to flush , just drain out old ,put in new!
     
  9. elkhunter149

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    U will never go wrong with Harleys synyhetic oil. Better than most
     
  10. Fossil

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    If I had a new or low mileage Harley I would go to a synthetic made for air cooled motorcycle engines. I have 105K on peroleum oils with no problem. If I change over to synthetic most mechanics tell me to expect oil leaks. That some sludge is all that keeps old oil seals intact and not leaking. Any one out there have any experience with this? Fossil