Join Date: Sep 2018
Model: VT700 (running a 1983 VT750 engine)
Location: Kinsman, OH
**Disclaimer: I also posted what I am asking below in a shaft oil thread... one I realized after posting was last looked at in 2007.**
While I realize that this thread is about motor oil, I am here asking about a different kind of oil: final drive gear oil. As far as motor oil is concerned, I am trying the T6 Rotella when I give her her first oil change since my purchasing her. Enough about that, though; my question is about my final drive.
The original shop manual for my 1985 Shadow (that has a 1983 VT750 rather than the 700 in it) calls for 90W hypoid, GL-5. I would like to go to synthetic, and have found a few different ones/brands.
So, with that being said, I'll ask: any recommendations on brand, and is it imperative that it says hypoid if it says GL-5? I also see ones that are "high pressure" (Liqui Molly (dino oil, it seems), that says both "hypoid" and "GL-5" and is 85W-90. Well I am just confused and unsure.
Let's face it. She's a 1983 and had 31k miles on it when I bought her. I need to make sure I am doing the right things for her so I can get years of enjoyment from her. Frankly, I am a little frightened of screwing her up from doing any little thing wrong with her.
Thanks in advance everyone.
"Beware the man who does not talk and the dog that does not bark." - Cheyenne proverb
1985 Honda Shadow VT700C (refitted with a VT750 engine)
2003 Honda XR80R