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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-09-2009, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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What is everyone running in there engine? brand? weight? Anyone running synthetic?


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I'm running the engine oil I got from the Kawi dealer. 4 cycle engine oil 10W-40, (SP-4A). I don't think you're supposed to run synthetic in these things until you have quite a few hours on them. I could be wrong, but for some reason, that sticks in my mind.
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Valvoline has a newer "4-Stroke ATV oil" that meets the spec. Kawasaki sets for the Teryx.
I am using it, I change it about every 8-10 engine hours. These things don't hold much oil and it is cheap insurance to do so.
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perfect timing. i was wondering the same thing about the oil, oil filter, and radiator fluid.

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I use Amoil (of course) full synthetic...I did meet with a couple of Kawasaki engineers about a month ago. There are no issues running fully synthetic oils in these machines, in fact they recommended it. The old myth about not running synthetic on break in has to do with ring seeding. The tolerances were not as refined since the machining wasn't available to be able to spec very tight tolerances. Over the last 20 or so years machining equipment has taken a huge leap forward and your ring to cylinder gaping is very tight. This has virtually eliminated the need to wear your rings in to prevent blow-by. Back then synthetics were too uniform and did not allow the ring to drive against the cylinder wall to warp properly to seal. Fully synthetic oils run cooler engine temps, do not break viscosity (high film strength), prevent tarnish/sludge build-up and resists oxidation.

This is true for all synthetics.
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Mobil One Full Synthetic and I change it every 3 months (same schedule as cars, so I do all at once).
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That's good information to know about the synthetic oil. I was probably still in the "old school" mindset of breaking the motor in and letting the rings seat properly. Is there a certain amount of hours we should have on these things before we run synthetic, or do we just dump it in and go? Also, any recommendations on brands as far as synthetic?

Any recomendations on oil filter? I've been getting the filters from the dealer and they seem to be an average filter, but I'm just wondering if there is a better oil filter out there.
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That's good information to know about the synthetic oil. I was probably still in the "old school" mindset of breaking the motor in and letting the rings seat properly. Is there a certain amount of hours we should have on these things before we run synthetic, or do we just dump it in and go? Also, any recommendations on brands as far as synthetic?

Any recomendations on oil filter? I've been getting the filters from the dealer and they seem to be an average filter, but I'm just wondering if there is a better oil filter out there.
You can use full synthetic from go...BUT for the first 0-20 hours warm the engine up before you take off...idle for 5 minutes and try not to stay at the same rpm for a long period of time. Also, change the oil/filter at 10 hours and again at around 20-25 hours (this is why I wouldn't use synthetic as your going to drain it anyways, so why pay extra?!?)

Stock filter, WIX, Amsoil, K&N, NAPA Gold, Puralotor are all good. They are full flow and provide great filtration.

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Take a look at this thread, might help.

http://www.teryxhq.com/forums/how-to...referrerid=280

I use the Mobil 1 oil & filter.
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