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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-29-2004, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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which synthetic oil and filter to use

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations as to what sythetic oil I should use on my 02 F4i It has over 7k on it so synthetic is the way to go. Should I use Redline, mobile 1, or Honda? Also what about filter, should I go with OEM or is FRAM ok??

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2004, 09:36 AM
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I use HP4 in all of my bikes and it has never been anything but good. **I have used Spectro, Motul, Silkolene etc and never found much of a real difference with respect to the difference in cost. I also use the OEM oil filters...I wouldn't have a problem using another filter (such as one made for a car etc. because sometimes they use the same filter) if the pitch and size of the threads were EXACTLY the same. If not, then you run the risk of having the filter blow off under pressure. If the other manufacturers filter is an OEM replacement item then have at it. There should not be any real difference and it may even be better, and possibly cheaper too, than the Honda item.

**I also change my oil every 2-3K so it really never gets dirty.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-12-2004, 03:11 PM
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I was using Bardahl full syn but I can't for a reasonable price anymore so I tried a Motul Syn Blend (full syn was too spendy) that worked great when warm but notchy shifting when cold. I just recently went to MotorEx bc I got a really good deal and have been pleased with it so far, smooth shifting even when cold.

I have been using the K&N filters just because they have a nut on the end that makes them much easier to remove. Recently I just got the Honda filters bc the K&N was out of stock and I was in a hurry. Don't think there is much difference with the exception of the nut on the K&N.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-13-2004, 12:40 AM
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All sorts of good info.
Pretty much all of the synthetic oils will work just fine with no difference in performance. Just dont get anything that has friction reducing additives. Motorcycle clutches use engine oil as a lubricant. Get something too slippery and your clutch slips.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-14-2004, 08:56 PM
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God, you can use anything that is non EC and try to tell the difference! I for one won't pay the price for the M/C oils. Up to $13 a liter for motul 300v, give me a break! Some great oil for bikes is the heavy duty 15-40, rotella or delvac, cheap and good, go figure? For syn I would go with mobil 1 15-50 or castrol syntec 10-40, or the new rotella 5-40 syn. I quit worrying about oil along time ago. At least I think so!
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2004, 05:10 AM
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I have had very good luck with Mobil 1 MX4T 10W-40. Use OEM oil filters.

Steve Sallberg
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-20-2004, 06:11 PM
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Originally posted by aweather
I just recently went to MotorEx bc I got a really good deal and have been pleased with it so far, smooth shifting even when cold.
FYI, they are giving some free Motorex stuff away here: Link
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