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vroom
09-28-2003, 09:07 AM
I use yamalube 4 stroke engine oil... what do you guys use, what do you think is the best?

Maxxed out
09-28-2003, 09:22 AM
Whaaat!!!?!? you have a honda and ur using yamalube? Go buy some Honda HP4 oil, its great!

09-28-2003, 09:35 AM
Mobil 1 15w50 :cool:

http://www.exriders.com/vbb/attachment.php?s=&postid=571795

dirtmomma
09-28-2003, 09:41 AM
Motul :D & also Honda oil too sometimes!!

vroom
09-28-2003, 11:08 AM
Originally posted by Maxxed out
Whaaat!!!?!? you have a honda and ur using yamalube? Go buy some Honda HP4 oil, its great!

is that bad? I always thought yamalube was a great product, I used it on my blaster al lthe time, My friend uses it on his CR 125 and KX 100 and his 300ex. I heard motul is some goooood stuff.. what kind should i get i dont understand the W's and D's and all a that

dirtmomma
09-29-2003, 09:43 AM
Originally posted by vroom
is that bad? I always thought yamalube was a great product, I used it on my blaster al lthe time, My friend uses it on his CR 125 and KX 100 and his 300ex. I heard motul is some goooood stuff.. what kind should i get i dont understand the W's and D's and all a that

My bro's run Yamalube in everything too, I run it in my Kodiak & heck if it's all thats left it'll go into whatever needs it!! As forthe Motul oooooohhhhhh I cant ever remember unless I see the bottle, I'll check it out later & try to post it. Yes it is good oil someone suggested it cuz the 300 was running really HOT & it worked good.:)

fuddrucker
09-29-2003, 10:52 AM
Honda HP GN4 here. 20w-50.

09-29-2003, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by fuddrucker
Honda HP GN4 here. 20w-50. me too...but 10w-40 in the cold weather

AtvMxRider
09-29-2003, 03:13 PM
Theres nothing wrong with Yamalube it is a good oil. I use Mobile 1 15w50.

hotrodhonda400
09-29-2003, 06:41 PM
I use golden spectro synthetic blend.

gncc400exxx
09-29-2003, 08:36 PM
I have used Valvoline 10w40 in my 400ex for 5 years. and after 17 GNCC races the engine has never been touched except to change a plug once or twice a year.

Maxxed out
09-30-2003, 08:12 PM
haha no Yamahlube isnt bad, I was just saying its seemed kinda wierd to run yamaha oil in your honda. I run Honda HP4 20w-50. It says it was specifically made for hondas, so why not run it?

PHIL_B54
10-01-2003, 08:12 PM
http://www.exriders.com/vbb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=72913

KASCHAK
10-01-2003, 08:14 PM
i run either castrol 20w 50 in the summer or 10w 30 in the winter

i just started runing valvoline 20w 50

Out_Sider
10-01-2003, 08:25 PM
HOnda Gn4 when breakin in the 330, then run AIMSOIL 0w-40 after its broken in

jlhughes750
10-03-2003, 08:09 PM
i like the Honda oil!!!!

Toadz400
10-03-2003, 09:59 PM
what kind of oil should i use during the summer, and what kind during the winter?

trailburner
10-04-2003, 07:18 AM
Originally posted by Toadz400
what kind of oil should i use during the summer, and what kind during the winter?
I use the the honda GN4- 10w40 all year.....haven't had any prob's.....

10-04-2003, 10:20 AM
Originally posted by trailburner
I use the the honda GN4- 10w40 all year.....haven't had any prob's..... yahmy dealership told me to do this but i thought it be wiser to run 20w-50 when its hot outside.

Toadz400
10-04-2003, 02:39 PM
what do the numbers stand for?

250EXstud
10-05-2003, 09:10 PM
I am getting ready to change the oil in mine. I was goin to use valvoline 10w40 is this ok?

beyer05
10-08-2003, 11:37 AM
AMSOIL 10W40 4-stroke motorcycle oil!

10-08-2003, 11:54 AM
Mobil-1 15W-50 Full Synthetic all year round.

MOFO
10-08-2003, 02:11 PM
Originally posted by Rico
Mobil-1 15W-50 Full Synthetic all year round.



I've heard that stuff is junk and will make your clutch fall apart... :eek:













;)

Sportrax10
10-08-2003, 08:44 PM
Im another Mobil 1 15w50 full sythetic user.:cool:

Colby@C&DRacing
10-09-2003, 10:18 PM
Amsoil in everything can't beat it :)

Toadz400
10-10-2003, 12:27 AM
Originally posted by Colby@C&DRacing
Amsoil in everything can't beat it :)

amen!;)

and it smells good in 2-strokes w/ 110 octane;)

hondafox440
10-10-2003, 03:02 PM
Generic Havoline stuff from the auto parts store. Works just as good as the stuff you pay 8$ a bottle for at the Honda shop.

EvilEwok
10-11-2003, 09:07 PM
Would Honda HP GN4 20w-50 for break in and then Mobile 1 15w-50 full synthetic after be a good setup?

TheX1992
10-14-2003, 03:16 PM
Originally posted by Toadz400
what do the numbers stand for?

In the old days people use to run differnt weights of oil between the summer and winter. Until now, we have made oil to change the weight on its own. Take 5w30 for example. The W stands for Winter. In cold weathers, it's 5, and summer (hot temperatures) it's 30.

Math
10-14-2003, 04:22 PM
Don't put cars oil in your quad : it's bad for the clutch:grr: in my 300EX I was using Motul 15W50 in the summer and 5W30 during the winter. Was running fine and this oil is not so dispandius:cool:

ewalker302
10-18-2003, 01:52 AM
just change the oil & filter reglarly other than that it really doesn't matter at all.

I have been riding bikes 3-4wheelers since ATC70's & 110's.

I have always run 10w40 in them all (castrol,texaco,chevron, whatever).

I have always kept my oil/filter changed & never had any engine trouble at all. I'm not talking about babying these bikes either I'm pretty rough on a bike. I've had to drain vanilla milkshakes out of my 250sx probably 20+ times after sinking it then driving it back to the truck. I got it new in 86 & it runs like a champ.

About the clutch, the only thing that will harm them is friction modifiers. Regular petoleum motor oil does not contain friction modifiers & will not mess up a wet clutch.

Don't run automotive synthetic except for the red cap mobil 1, cause most all other auto synthetics do contain friction modifiers.

:bandit:

kyex40047
10-22-2003, 10:21 PM
Originally posted by dirtmomma
Motul :D & also Honda oil too sometimes!!
Me too:D

Chef
10-22-2003, 10:27 PM
Red-Line. :cool:

bmw500hp
10-23-2003, 11:56 AM
ANYONE with some real experience with AMSOIL

my buddy is an amsoil dealer and he bugs me constantly...currently i use gn-4 and change every 10 hours. I also have just threw in a new clutch. TC says stay away from sythetics but sometimes you wonder???

What do you guy think about this amsoil for the 400ex.. buddy is a car man, I need some solid factual advice from someone who has used in the quads, 400ex.

thnx
mike

EvilEwok
10-23-2003, 03:54 PM
Bunch of users use the synthetic oils on exriders for their quads. Me personally, I think it would be better to run it thru, just like a car.

AtvMxRider
10-25-2003, 06:06 AM
Originally posted by EvilEwok
Would Honda HP GN4 20w-50 for break in and then Mobile 1 15w-50 full synthetic after be a good setup?


Sure would.

AlaskaSpeed
10-25-2003, 06:27 AM
Redline....if I run out of that....then Crisco vegetable..........:cool:

AlaskaSpeed
10-25-2003, 06:29 AM
I wouldn't run a synthetic during break in....or at least til I was sure the rings have fully seated. Smoking ain't cool! lol

quadrider400
10-25-2003, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by AlaskaSpeed
I wouldn't run a synthetic during break in....or at least til I was sure the rings have fully seated. Smoking ain't cool! lol
Have to say I agree with using a regular oil for the break in ... after that I go with Royal Purple 20-50 unless you are in some really really :eek: :eek: cold weather it should not be a problem.
The other thing is to make sure that the oil is up to 100 degrees before you launch.... that will ensure that you get the best lubrication.
For what its worth Mobil 1 syn. is my standby... and you can get that most anywhere......

Good luck......:p

zfire_28
10-27-2003, 02:24 AM
Originally posted by fuddrucker
Honda HP GN4 here. 20w-50.
me too

exatak199
10-29-2003, 04:02 PM
I use penzoil (sp) 10w30:rolleyes:

michigan rider
11-05-2003, 02:23 PM
they obviously recomend handa oil but said that any 10w-40 will do fine, just dont use anything with added lub. because its not good on the clutch


________
97 300ex

DamageInc
11-06-2003, 12:08 AM
I used to run HP-4 in my Kawi KLX650, and back then it had molybdenum in it, which is the same stuff as in Slick50. If that's not a friction modifier, I don't know what is. I never had any clutch slippage problems. Are they still putting moly in the HP-4?

snrobin
11-06-2003, 01:20 AM
It's not common knowledge but did you guys know that Napa brand oil is actually Valvoline! That is what a Honda Mechanic told me to use is Napa (Valvoline) 10W-30. He said that is all he ever uses in his machines...... BUT....i think the best oil is whatever you trust in your own machine. Just my 12 cents worth :)

ex kid
11-06-2003, 09:30 AM
silkolene ATV 10W40 all year in my four stroke

in my two stroke silkolene medium gear oil and yamha 2R premix.

silkolene and bel ray are the only aftermarket oils i use. yamaha does make good oils for the record. there 2R and 2S are great for two strokes.

hondarider2006
11-06-2003, 11:32 AM
Honda HP GN4 10w-40

DamageInc
11-07-2003, 07:01 PM
I checked out my own moly question today, and here is what I found: HP-4 no longer comes with moly in it, but you can buy HP-4M that still has it. I asked the service manager at my Honda dealer if it was recommended for the 400ex, and he said it is not because the moly can cause clutch slippage. This doesn't really make sense IMO, because the HP4Moly is still sold as a motorcycle oil, and don't all cycles have wet clutches? I ran it in my KLX650 for thousands of miles, and never experienced any clutch slippage, and that has a helluva lot more torque than a 400ex. It did make it shift a lot smoother. What's the worst that can happen? You need to rebuild your clutch a bit earlier if the friction plates get plugged up with moly? Big deal, clutch plates are a lot cheaper than engine and gear rebuilds.

nj87ttype
11-12-2003, 09:24 PM
Instead of making a new thread I'll ask this Q here. My 300 is ready for its first oil change, what's the best kind to use??

jhr400EX
11-13-2003, 05:21 PM
I use Honda GN4 10w-40 but I have heard that the Mobil 1 15w-50 is a great oil.

dirtmomma
11-14-2003, 10:19 AM
Originally posted by nj87ttype
Instead of making a new thread I'll ask this Q here. My 300 is ready for its first oil change, what's the best kind to use??

Just use the HOnda oil, thats what I jsut used on mine after a small rebuild.

11-14-2003, 12:41 PM
All conventional oils that i've run in my quad turn black after 3 hours of use.

Mobil 1 takes about 30 hours to break down and it doesn't turn black, at least I've never seen it black. My quad will never see conventional oil again. Synthetic is were it's at..

UglyMotha™
11-14-2003, 12:53 PM
rico definantly knows his lubes http://ricoracing.netfirms.com/Smilies/sex_sodomit.gif


i've also been running mobile 1 red cap for the past two years and it's definantly some premium stuff

dirtmomma
11-14-2003, 03:17 PM
Originally posted by UglyMotha™
rico definantly knows his lubes http://ricoracing.netfirms.com/Smilies/sex_sodomit.gif




Do you know this from experience:eek: :blah:








J/P WIT YA;)

Woodsrider
11-14-2003, 06:20 PM
VR1 20-50

j4rdemotox
11-21-2003, 12:53 PM
1-With Full Synthetic oils has any one notice that the clutch slips a little?
2- Is Synthetic automotive oils OK to use in your ATV? (Clutch purposes)

EX4me
11-22-2003, 01:15 AM
Amsoil here:)

joshyz125
11-24-2003, 10:01 AM
Bel-ray EXR 20w-50

snrobin
11-24-2003, 10:09 AM
Penzoil has just come out with a new 4-stroke ATV oil that is awesome. I have been running it for a few weeks in my '96 300ex and it seems to make the clutch a little smoother to opperate then the regular motor oil was using before.

j4rdemotox
11-24-2003, 10:32 AM
Bel- Ray or a sythetic blend by Castrol for 4 strock motors.

11-26-2003, 10:13 AM
Originally posted by j4rdemotox
1-With Full Synthetic oils has any one notice that the clutch slips a little?
2- Is Synthetic automotive oils OK to use in your ATV? (Clutch purposes)


I use mobil 1 synthetic 15w-50 have been for 3 years with no problems.

Red cap that you get at walmart or just about anywere. Synthetic does not cause clutches to slip. Maybe on bikes 20 years old but not current models.

4 hours of riding/racing will break down conventional oil and turn it black.

20 hours of the same with syn. and the oil looks fresh.

j4rdemotox
11-26-2003, 10:53 AM
Right now I use a synthetic blend. I was going to go full synthetic, but someone told me that they notice that there clutch was slipping when they used synthetic oil. It did not make sense to me because he has a 400ex. The only thing I could think of is maybe his maybe he needs a new clutch. Well I have my answer.
Thanks for your input!!

quadryda
12-03-2003, 02:25 PM
i use havoline semi sytec 20w-50 works nicely n since its half synthetic its lasts longer

ridefastrgetoff
12-08-2003, 12:08 PM
Have you ever had carbon build-up on your heads ? How about in the pipe? Unfortunately, some folks have experienced carbon from using Yamalube; it's possible this is from mixing too rich. Many folks I've talked to would rather mix too rich than too lean and that would definitely cause it; in fairness to Yamalube, this problem would exists no matter what oil you're using.


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livealatimmy
12-10-2003, 03:46 PM
I use Amsol 10w40. I have used the synthetic honda oil and like alright but i prefer Amsol

CJ400EX
12-12-2003, 05:01 PM
Motul 5100 semi synthetic

toby400ex
12-14-2003, 10:34 PM
Can i change from a full synthetic to a non synthetic after using the full syn for a year in my. After i get a new clutch im gonna start using cheap oil and just change it more often.

Out_Sider
12-15-2003, 01:18 PM
aimsoil forever!

12-15-2003, 02:15 PM
i was running the 15w-50 for the first time today in the 30* degree weather & I noticed major abnormal ticking....sounded like maybe cam chain or something....on decel in 1st & 2nd gear going slow

EXtreme
12-18-2003, 06:42 PM
I run Mobil 1 motercycle oil 20w-50
great oil but very expensive 8.99 a quart

12-18-2003, 06:50 PM
i buy the 5 quart & walmart for $22.52 + tax....some expensive stuff but it should be worth it in the long run.