What type of oil should I use?

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by Jaemeriiaa, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Jaemeriiaa

    Jaemeriiaa Member

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    I've been searching around and I just cant find the answer. I ride a 96 hd sportster 1200 and I need an oil change soon. What type of oil is best to use? she has a little over 15k miles.
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Welcome to The Forum Engine Oil Poll - Harley Davidson Community start here, all good oils should be for air cooled Motor cycles first off, Synthetic being the best choice:s
     
  3. CoreyV

    CoreyV Member

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    Mobil 1 V-twin gets my vote.
     
  4. Terry Jackson

    Terry Jackson Member

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    Same here. I own both a 96 and an 02 sportster. I noticed the 96 ran better as soon as I went to Mobile ! full synthetic
     
  5. Jaemeriiaa

    Jaemeriiaa Member

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    So mobile 1 vtwin synthetic. What about the specifics? Like how cars have a numerical value on the oil ie 10w 30 etc. sorry for all the noob questions, had the local hd shop do the oil change when I bought it less than a year ago and it's my first bike.
     
  6. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Mobile 1 20w-50 Vtwin
     
  7. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    DON't forget that the Primary and Transmission SHARE the same oil...

    Harleys Formula + is one of the best here. Others out there but this one works great and MANy who use a synthetic STILL go with the HD Formula + in the sporty.

    I have used many different lubes in my sportsters over the years But always seem to come full circle to using Formula+.

    NOW if you were talk'in Big Twins,,,, I go Redline Heavy Shockproof "Gear Oil" for the tranny.

    I also use and recommend Redline 20/50 in all the HD engines.

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  8. Jaemeriiaa

    Jaemeriiaa Member

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    Thanks a bunch everyone! I appreciate the help. Time to figure out how to change the oil on my next off day. Wish me much
     
  9. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    If you don't already own a manual it will be one of the best things you can buy for your bike.
     
  10. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Good advice from Don Here, You can watch an oil change video on you tube:s