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Been using Valvoline 10w-40 (conventional) for my Shadow last few years, but now seem to be having hard time finding it. I now see (the same?) the oil labeled for ATV/UTV use, but no mention of motorcycle. Label reads almost exactly the same - but is it?:confused:
 

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Does it have the correct specs listed for wet clutch use? That's the critical factor. Companies do change formulas,,,
 

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Valvoline 4T 10-40w available @ Meijer.

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$9.00 a qt. That's why I'm having a hard time paying more for dino than I ever did Rotella T6 synthetic after all these years. I thought about going to the Honda 8,000 mi. change instead of the 5,000 change but I ride about 5,000 a year so once a season it is.
 

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I don't think the dino diesel escaped EPA regulations either thus I'm continuing with MC specific oil for now.
 

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I was using Rotella T4 15-40 for a few years but that is a little different too with formula changes.
 

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The situation may be different in Canada., I know oils and their brandings vary from global region to region.
The T4 15-40w is still MA/MA2 spec. which is the requirement for the the Japanese wet clutch bikes.
AFAIK the 10-30w does not carry the notation.
The change in formulation for Rotella here dates back to 2017.
 

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I've always been a Valvoline guy......
Can anyone actually show where a Valvoline 10w-40 versus a Valvoline 10w-40 is different?
 

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Picture up above plus $4 price difference per qt.
 

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I'm still using T4 and it still has the right certification's but you guys are starting to worry me. All this change talk.
I listened/felt the difference in my transmission sound and shifting feel. I had 30,000 mi. of time with my Valk with old formula Rotella T6 thus the change to dino MC oil for now. Had 13yr./65,000 mi. run with T6.

This is ongoing debate of pros/cons with this change but is it that different to warrant change over MC oil? Don't know but I can only speak of my experience.
 

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I decided years ago that quality oil was less expensive in the long run. Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Would you go to a discount store to get a blood transfusion for yourself?
I tend to look at the price difference of the oil as the cost of motor insurance. And we're talking what? the difference equals the price of 4 beers at the bar over a year's timeframe? The better synthetics with extended drain intervals can end up being less expensive over time. Who knows? Maybe you'll have one less Hair Ache some morning from not buying those 4 beers,,,
 

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