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Old 08-02-2007, 08:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It seems that everyone in this forum recommends synthetic oil so I am going to use it at this oil change. My question is at what interval do you change it? Do you stay with the recommended 3500 miles or can you go longer. Many thanks
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There will be numerous answers to this question. To be on the safe side I use the dino oil recommendations for changing the synth in my ride.
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Honda recommends that I change the oil/filter every 8000 miles.

I'm using the extended drain Amsoil and their new filter and they said I can double the recommended intervals.

But I've been changing the oil and filter once a year, even if I don't go the 8000 or 16000 miles.

Plus I think the heat here in Florida traffic counts as extreem conditions. Then there a day of riding (or rather sitting in traffic) during Bike Week in Daytona, it should be considered super extreem as hot as your bike can get.

Check your manual, but when I had my Volusia I remember the recommended oil change being more than 3500 miles? It's been a while since I've had mine, so I could be wrong.
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using castrol syntec 5W40, i could feel the dirty oil robbing some performance at 2,875 miles and 3.5 months...so i changed it. immediate difference in running. i'll stay on the safe side - no plans to get rid of this bike anytime soon

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I change it every 3 to 4 K
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Most manufacturers of synthetic oil recommend you follow your ownerís manual as if you were using a non-synthetic oil.
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I just changed my Castrol ACT-evo 2 weeks ago at 4100 mile. During that time frame I only needed to add about 1 tablespoon of oil. Bike runs like a champ. I know consumer reports did a report a few years back on frequency of oil changes on NYC taxi cabs and they found no signifcant difference in changes made at 3k miles (as every jiffy/econo lube would like you to come and pay them a visit $$) and 8k miles. But hey whenever you feel comfortable changing is OK.
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It seems that everyone in this forum recommends synthetic oil so I am going to use it at this oil change. My question is at what interval do you change it?
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I just changed my Castrol ACT-evo 2 weeks ago at 4100 mile.
I wasn't aware Castrol ACT-evo is a synthetic oil.
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It's a blend. Sorry I didn't clarify that.
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I just changed my Castrol ACT-evo 2 weeks ago at 4100 mile.
I wasn't aware Castrol ACT-evo is a synthetic oil.
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I was running rotella t synthetic and at 2,000 miles, it just didn't feel right. This was the third oil change using Rotella T synthetic with the other intervals at 2,500 miles and similar feelings. Remember that 5W40 means the base oil is 5W. Suzuki does not have a listing for 5W. When the vicosity modifiers shear, the oil starts to behave like a straight 5W. If you were using 10W40 then it would shear to 10W. That probably makes a big difference. How quickly and completely do the viscosity modifiers lose their effectiveness? Who knows but I think my senses tell me that it has happened to a significant extent by 2,000 miles. One would have to test the oil to know for sure.

Having seen a few engine failures on this site, I no longer want to take a chance and am now using the Mobil 4T 10W40. I am not saying that oil choice or drain interval had anything to do with the engine failures but I simply do not wish to take that chance.

As for the drain interval with the Mobil oil, I don't know. The Mobil 4T 10W40 should have the best viscosity stability of anything out there due to the type of synthetic stock oil that requires very little viscosity modifiers. I will not exceed the 4,000 mile MOM recommendation at any rate.
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