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PostSubject: YamaLube question   Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:35 pm

I've been trying to figure out this Yamalube stuff. What type of Yamalube engine oil would be best for my older BigBear? and match our weather conditions around here. What are the different applications for the Full Synthetic, Semi-Synthetic, & Mineral types of oil?

Thanks for your input.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:50 pm

Im not sure if this answers your question or not, but I wouldnt run any synthetic oil in your machine till its well broke in because with the added lubrication of the synthetic oil, it kinda kills the break-in process.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:57 pm

It should be pretty well broke in over the last 9 years. I'm just not sure what weight and type to be using. I've neglected servicing it over the years and just don't want to put something in that will hurt it. Now that I'm getting into riding it regularly not just once a year, I'm going to keep on top of servicing it better.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:58 pm

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It should be pretty well broke in over the last 9 years. I'm just not sure what weight and type to be using. I've neglected servicing it over the years and just don't want to put something in that will hurt it. Now that I'm getting into riding it regularly not just once a year, I'm going to keep on top of servicing it better.

In that case, I would go with the full synthetic.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:28 pm

big gun 300ex wrote:

In that case, I would go with the full synthetic.
You wouldn't know how much $ the full synthetic costs would ya?
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:29 pm

big gun 300ex wrote:
Smiley wrote:
It should be pretty well broke in over the last 9 years. I'm just not sure what weight and type to be using. I've neglected servicing it over the years and just don't want to put something in that will hurt it. Now that I'm getting into riding it regularly not just once a year, I'm going to keep on top of servicing it better.

In that case, I would go with the full synthetic.

Is it true that once you go Synthetic you can't go back to regular oil without alot of hassle?
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:57 pm

It's best to run just regular 10w-40 ATV oil in your quad. ANy atv mechanic will tell you that.

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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:05 pm

Bootlegger wrote:
It's best to run just regular 10w-40 ATV oil in your quad. ANy atv mechanic will tell you that.

I personally have never ran synthetic in any of my bikes, but some people like too. Smiley seemed like he was interested in it, so I was just givin a little info on it.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:09 pm

big gun 300ex wrote:
Bootlegger wrote:
It's best to run just regular 10w-40 ATV oil in your quad. ANy atv mechanic will tell you that.

I personally have never ran synthetic in any of my bikes, but some people like too. Smiley seemed like he was interested in it, so I was just givin a little info on it.

It's not really that good for atv's. I wouldn't recommend it. No Chicken Dance

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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:12 pm

Bootlegger wrote:
It's best to run just regular 10w-40 ATV oil in your quad. ANy atv mechanic will tell you that.
Thanks Boot, with all of the options I was left scratch lol!

I'll have to go to the Yamaha shop next week to get some. I plan to give my BigBear a good servicing after the Brimstone ride.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Wed Jul 02, 2008 7:26 pm

I highly recommend synthetic. the outlaw popo I had required it. if you want your motor to run longer and smoother use a synthetic. it almost eliminates wear in the motor. only thing to worry about is the clutch system. thats the only problem with a synthetic, its to slippery for a wet clutch. I've ran it in several cars and trucks and streetbikes and had zero trouble. just have to get the formulation for your vehicle. bikes and atvs have different additives. plus you can go longer between oil changes. I used to use Golden spectra in my bikes. It runs about $8.00 a quart. cheap insurance if you ask me. mechanics make a living fixing broke engines thats why they recommend regular oil.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Wed Jul 02, 2008 7:42 pm

I use regular oil in my Suzuki and Synthetic in the AC.
No problems with either.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:33 pm

ATV Synthetic is supose to be ok for certain models

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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:49 pm

Bootlegger wrote:
ATV Synthetic is supose to be ok for certain models
So being my owners manual does not specify to use synthetic, the regular would be fine for my 99 Big Bear, right?
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:02 pm

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Is it true that once you go Synthetic you can't go back to regular oil without alot of hassle?

It used to be, but it's not a big deal any more. You can even run half dino and half synthetic if you wanted too.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:05 pm

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ATV Synthetic is supose to be ok for certain models
So being my owners manual does not specify to use synthetic, the regular would be fine for my 99 Big Bear, right?

I would run regular atv or motocycle oil in it as old as it is and the lack of service if you put synthetic in. it may bust loose a lot of stuff and it could cause a oil passage to clog .
if you get a new one after break in is the best time to change over . Synthetic is by far a better oil for any engine but unless you are racing or runnig it hard all the time it is not worth the extra cost
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:41 am

I changed mine oil every 300 miles. When it get s hint of dirt its out of there. pistol

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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:02 pm

We use Castrol 20w-50w and I change ours about every 25 running hours. We don't have speedometers and if you are doing alot of slow riding the engine will be running hotter than if you are going fast.


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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:09 pm

Bootlegger wrote:
I changed mine oil every 300 miles. When it get s hint of dirt its out of there. pistol

Yours probably has more mud get in it than dirt. Stir the Pot
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:34 pm

I'm planning on installing an hour meter on mine when I do my service next week or so. I usually run at a moderate pace, don't like to hold it wide open all the time and don't drive at an idle either. Every 25 hours sounds like a good mark to put for servicing, then I would say about every 250 hrs for differential and rear-end oils.

I appreciate everyone's input on this, it is interesting to see the different preferences that each of you have.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:25 pm

i change my engine and all diffs every 500 miles. i dont personally think its a good idea to use synthetic oil. but like everything else everybody has different opinions. IF you decide to use synthetic make sure it at least has 800+ miles on it so that the rings are properly seated.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:36 pm

I'm going to go with standard 10w-40 ATV oil. I figured there is no need to pay the extra for synthetic when my machine does not need it.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:51 pm

If it were me and you have run regular oil all these years with no problems, why change? I am running synthetic in my King Quad, but only after I broke it in really good. If you go with synthetic, I would just ask a mechanic. I personally never ran synthetic till the King, and I never had issues with any of my old foot shift Hondas. I guess it is all in what you want. Synthetic would probably give your bike some longer engine life at this point.
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:35 pm

Well everything 4-wheeler related is going to be put on hold for a while. My truck has to have a clutch put in it and that's going to tie up all monies for a while. I have a couple of other bills that I'm going to have to get paid off before sinking any more money into the wheeler also. Well what can you do. huh
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PostSubject: Re: YamaLube question   Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:56 pm

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Well everything 4-wheeler related is going to be put on hold for a while. My truck has to have a clutch put in it and that's going to tie up all monies for a while. I have a couple of other bills that I'm going to have to get paid off before sinking any more money into the wheeler also. Well what can you do. huh

Youve had more trans. trouble out of that truck then any other truck Ive heard of man. Shocked
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