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I'm just wondering what you all have to say about what oil to use. As it stands for me there are 2 kinds of oil. Regular and synthetic and to me oil is oil it all is a million years old to start with. With the exception of synthetic but I won't put in synthetic oil in anything I own until it has more than 3000 miles or 300 hours on it. due to I think that it prevents any motor form fully wearing in. What do you all got to say?

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I run the honda regular-ol' oil. Nothing fancy. They can't tell me I ran the wrong fluids. It works.

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Most of us here--changed out the crap Honda oil at bout 4 or 500 miles--I then put in 10/40 Mobil one T-4 syn--w/o any problems the engine most likely was broken in at 200 miles--to each his own--remember the search engine is your friend  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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I've been changing oil every 500 - 600 miles, using Honda GN4. Next spring I should be around 3000 miles and I'll be changing to semi or full synthetic every 6 months (unless instructed otherwise by the gurus here). Word of caution, DO NOT TORQUE THE OIL FILTER COVER BOLTS.

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I've ran what Honda has recommended (10/30 oil) sense day one, plus you don't have to get a new filter gasket every time you change your oil ( didn't know if you knew that) it's a metal gasket unless you bend it

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Word of caution, DO NOT TORQUE THE OIL FILTER COVER BOLTS.

 

+10,000 ....  :thumbsup:   

 

More than just a few have broken oil filter cover bolts .... BE CAREFUL ....  :prof:  you have been warned ....  :p

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So tighten the cover bolts just snug. that's what I have done with my 3 wheelers for years.

Long live the honda atc. 30+ years old and still showing up your 4 wheelers.

 

i didn't have my first (had two) Big Red a half hour b/f i tipped it over--the 4 wheelers i've had for 15 + years and never tipped one over YET!!they do run forever tho!!

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I have a 250sx, 250big red, 250r,& a 350x & had some others also rolled the sx meny times screwing around. They require the respect of a bike hence the atc designation (all terrain cycle) I got my first 4 wheeler this spring 96 polaris 350l first trail ride and it tipped over on a hill I've been on many times with the 3 wheelers.

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I've ran what Honda has recommended (10/30 oil) sense day one, plus you don't have to get a new filter gasket every time you change your oil ( didn't know if you knew that) it's a metal gasket unless you bend it

Good info on the gasket!

 

I know you need the drain plug gasket right? But those are standard in the sense of any crush washer.

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Good info on the gasket!

I know you need the drain plug gasket right? But those are standard in the sense of any crush washer.

I've never got a new one. I just figured it's like any other oil plug on any other motor, I haven't had any oil leaks yet.

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I've never got a new one. I just figured it's like any other oil plug on any other motor, I haven't had any oil leaks yet.

 

I think you are right, i've always just flipped it and looked for heavy scoring...  

 

Either way this is good info for the DIY guys who are just getting into wrenching ;) I was just trying to spark conversation about it.

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I think you are right, i've always just flipped it and looked for heavy scoring...

Either way this is good info for the DIY guys who are just getting into wrenching ;) I was just trying to spark conversation about it.

that's cool....I've been wrenching for a long time and I just found out on this form that there's two types of Phillips screws the standard screws and the japan screws. I'll have to find where I read that and post here
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I used syn blend honda 10-40. 3500 miles now.

My buddy just traded his banshee for a atc 250r w old school legit serial # cr 500 conversion. Should be fun for sand drags at silver lake.

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that's cool....I've been wrenching for a long time and I just found out on this form that there's two types of Phillips screws the standard screws and the japan screws. I'll have to find where I read that and post here

Yep, their called JIS screwdrivers. (Japanese industrial standard)

Search "Vessel" brand, top quality.

Here's a link, 3 piece standard set is what I use- you'll never go back to Phillips after using these puppies..

http://www.mcmaster.com/#jis-(japanese-industrial-standard)-screwdrivers/=tet93e

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Hope all went well on your oil change, I just changed mine (262 miles) with some Amsoil 10w40 synthetic.. (no need to rant on what I chose,  not my first rodeo) and just used a stock honda oil filter.

 

That stuff that was in it didn't look that bad (the oil filter was TRASHED but I expected that based upon new bike) but at least now I know exactly where I stand for the oil on this bike.

 

I will not be waiting 8k to change the oil, maximum 2k is what i've decided based upon my riding style ;) ($30 is a cheap reassurance)

 

I'll see if my mind is changed during this 2k oil change to see if I want to push it longer.

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