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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-05-2009, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Synthetic oil

Does anyone use or have an opinion of screaming eagle synthetic oil. Thanks.

I am 65 yers old and I am getting back into motorcycles after 30 years.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-05-2009, 11:13 AM
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Screaming eagle, must be from a Hardley dealer. You'll just pay more for someone else's relabled oil. I use Shell Rotella t synthetic from Walmart, $22 a gallon the last time I bought some.
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You have to watch out for the Energy Conserving stuff...it will say that on the API label on the bottle. Harleys have dry clutches, Shadows have wet clutches. Harleys can run the energy conserving stuff, Shadows can not...it ruins the clutches because of the friction modifiers that make it energy conserving.

I run Mobil 1 15w50 in my Valk (also wet clutch and a bit more powerful than the Shadows).

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I run the same oil as Joe and have no plans on changing. It has worked great in my Ace, Aero, Vulcan Classic and Nomad.

I run a real thick oil because of the heat here in Florida.

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I run SHell Rotella synth in my bike with no problems.
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Harleys have dry clutches,
By 1985, Harleys were using wet clutches. Sportsters started using wet clutches in 1971. Some years and models shared oil with the primary and transmission.
Aftermarket dry clutches are available for people who want to run an open primary.
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Harleys have dry clutches,
By 1985, Harleys were using wet clutches. Sportsters started using wet clutches in 1971. Some years and models shared oil with the primary and transmission.
Aftermarket dry clutches are available for people who want to run an open primary.
Learned something new today. But...I hope I am right on this...it isn't oil shared with the motor.

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I've been running Golden Spectrol Synthetic Blend ever since my 1986 1200 Goldwing..... ~50K in that, 130+K on my 1993 1500 Wing, 25+K on my 1995 1100 Ace, and I've never encountered any issues.

I'm thinking if it works, leave it alone.

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Good stuff to know. I am getn a little tight on cash and think it's time to switch my own self.








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Harley maybe running wet clutches....but the "lubricant" inside of the clutch area is separate from the engine......in other words....the clutch never touch the engine oil.....so it still stands....just because it is good for a Harley....doesnt mean it is good for our Hondas.

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