Stay with petroleum based or switch to synthetic?

Discussion in 'Oil' started by TorturedZen, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. TorturedZen

    TorturedZen Member

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    My apologies in advance if this topic has been posted before but there are just SO many threads on oil and such that I am getting lost in the fray.

    I'm a new owner of a 2000 Heritage. I asked the dealer what engine oil was being used and he said the bike has always had petroleum based oil. He then said there is no reason to switch to synthetic. Is he correct? And if I switch over will I be risking any damage?

    Thanx
    - Dan
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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  3. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    Welcome to the forum TorturedZen, I think I would try a new dealer, the answer you got to your question is not a good sign, That is the number one answer on the top ten things a competent dealer will not say.
     
  4. glyd-n

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    Do yourself a favor and make the switch. You can switch at any time and it will not harm the bike. There are benefits to using synthetics such as a cooler running engine and extended oil life. That translates into longer engine life and fewer oil changes. JMHO!
     
  5. prodrag1320

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    in our race bikes,we`ve found sythetic oil to be far better than regular oil,less wear,less friction & breakage.NOTHING abuses parts more than dragracing,especially on nitro.in 25+ years racing,we know oil!!for someone to say"theres no difference,stay with petrolium base oil",i`de look for another shop too.go with syn.,we like lucas or amsoil
     
  6. TorturedZen

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    Ok...much thanks. That's what I expected to hear. But now this raises another probably dumb question....When I make the switch, I'm assuming there will be some residual oil mixing in with the synth. Issues or concerns on this? I'm thinking not, but then I'm the newb here.
     
  7. maine-e-axe

    maine-e-axe Junior Member

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    Don't use HD Syn3 it's a blend. Use 100% syn and change the tranny to syn at the same time, you won't be sorry. Syn in the tranny makes it shift a lot better.:s
     
  8. sharpscuba

    sharpscuba Banned

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    Read the poll's and self help tips on this site it will explain everything.
     
  9. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    the little bit left wont matter as said just dont use syn 3 ..
     
  10. AZ SERK

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    K&N Oil Filter
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    Red Line V-Twin Primary Case Oil

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