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I am trying to figure out the weight of oil that is recommended for our Strykers... The dealer told me when I picked up the bike but cant remember... i am looking for the oil weight and not trying to start an argument over the different brands of oil...
 

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There's a chart in the back of the owners manual that tells the weight depending on the conditions you ride in. anywhere from 10w-30 to 20w-50 and everthing inbetween. as long as it's 4 cycle oil any of it would work, it probably would depend on the temerature where you live as to which one you chose. I live in Missouri where its usually not over 95 deg. I use 10w-40 full synthetic. and a k&N KN204 oil filter.
 

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Thanks guys... I have looked at my owners manual but I didnt see it anywhere but of course I could have been over looking it. I am in the panhandle of Oklahoma where it has been over 100 just about everyday.
 

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same here in southeast TX. 10w-40 is all you need for a watercooled bike 20w-50 is more designed for the air cooled bikes
 

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I run Amsoil Synthetic in mine, since 50 miles. Currently over 5000 miles and she is still running fine. As stated above, there are weight recommendations in the manual depending on your climate.

sanderclause said:
There's a chart in the back of the owners manual that tells the weight depending on the conditions you ride in. anywhere from 10w-30 to 20w-50 and everthing inbetween. as long as it's 4 cycle oil any of it would work, it probably would depend on the temerature where you live as to which one you chose. I live in Missouri where its usually not over 95 deg. I use 10w-40 full synthetic. and a k&N KN204 oil filter.
I'd recommend to ditch that K&N filter at your next oil change. They are sub-standard quality filters and you can get a top of the line Purolator for $6 from Advance Auto Parts.
 

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PL14610. PL14612 is the Yamaha cross-reference. The 610 is longer, though, and therefore has more filtering media.

I need to check the clearance we have and try out the 14459, it is a wider version of the PL14610 so it has even more filtering media but I don't know if it will clear. But the PL14610 definitely fits as I'm running it now.
 

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I Personally Use 20-50 Yamahalube Temps Here In Cali Is Sweet Gets To Over 110 Where I Go Sometimes In El Centro I Believe The 20-50 Is More For 60Degree Weather Or Higher??
 

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I went with 15w-50 here in southern Texas.
 

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i was wondering because the weather here gets above 100 and below -10 in the winter... and yes I will still be riding in the winter as long as it is not icy...
 

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Goodwell163 said:
i was wondering because the weather here gets above 100 and below -10 in the winter... and yes I will still be riding in the winter as long as it is not icy...
I wish I could ride in the winter... Although my sled is faster ;D

10-40 synthetic is the best all season oil. AMSOIL ALL THE WAY :D
 

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What about synthetic vs conventional. How early can you start running synthetic? What are the advantages other than longer periods between oil changes?
 

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synthetic has better wear and tear protection in heat and cold starts, aswell as adding time between oil changes... you should also wait until around 6000 miles to let your engine break in all the way :D
 

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Oil is oil is oil. In my past three bikes, all were bought new, I've changed over to full synthetic after 50 miles. Haven't had an issue yet. I also follow the "ride it like you stole it" break-in method.
 

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Oil is oil is oil. In my past three bikes, all were bought new, I've changed over to full synthetic after 50 miles. Haven't had an issue yet. I also follow the "ride it like you stole it" break-in method.
I worked for Nissan for some time. Had plenty of customers that wanted synthetic oil thinking it make there car last longer. I did see people get better fuel economy from it maybe 1/2 to 1 mpg. I dont think we will see that from our bikes since its a smaller motor. But as far as I can see there really isnt a point to spending the extra cost synthetic. Ive seen plenty of cars and trucks run for a very long time on just plain oil. I had a customer that has been running Pennzoil in his 1985 nissan maxima since it was new. it still runs like a champ and has over 350,000 miles. ya the body is falling apart around the car but I wouldn't hesitate at putting that motor in something else. but i thing how you take care of something speaks more for it than what oil/filter you use.
 
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