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    I just bought an 88 katana 600 and am planning on changing the oil. I bought a fully synthetic 10w-40 to put in, but some people are telling me not to use fully synthetic. What should i do?

  • #2
    Synthetic is great. Did you get a synthetic motorcycle oil??? Which one?

    I use Shell Rotella T synthetic, it is great stuff and cheaper than the other motorcycle synthetics
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    • #3
      There is a myth circulating for years that if you change from "dinosaur" oil to synthetic you'll cause leaks. Is that why you hesitate? If so, it is a MYTH.

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      • #4
        I bought Castrol Syntec 10w-40 fully synthetic... now I just have to buy a filter wrench that I was not aware that I was going to need

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        • #5
          You might not "need" the filter wrench although they are for sale for a decent price from Cyberpoet I think. I was able to get mine loose with a large pair of pliers and my best "robo" grip on oil changes after that.

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          • #6
            Ya, Im gonna have to look into the wrench

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            • #7
              I recommend a strap wrench. I picked up mine at Pep Boys. It was not expensive at all. CHeck out this thread for more info: http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=52202

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              • #8
                The last strap wrench I had broke as I was trying to remove a stubborn filter on a car so I think I am probably gonna go with the filter wrench with 3/8 adapter

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                • #9
                  Don't know if you have any in your area but Autozone also sells the filter wrench for like 3 bucks.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nick0484 View Post
                    I bought Castrol Syntec 10w-40 fully synthetic... now I just have to buy a filter wrench that I was not aware that I was going to need

                    Is that MOTORCYCLE specific Castrol or Auto Synthetic oil?

                    You DO NOT want to use any automotive oil that has "energy conserving" on the label.

                    I highly recommend you do a search here for oil and use TheCyberPoet as the author.

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                    • #11
                      http://katriders.com/wiki/index.php5...=Oil_Selection
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                      • #12
                        It is just Castrol Syntec SAE 10W-40 Full Synthetic Motor Oil. I do not see energy conserving at all on the label.

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                        • #13
                          that kinda sounds like car oil... It should say safe for motorcycles somewhere on it.

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                          • #14
                            Rotella T Synthetic ... like $19 for a gallon jug at wally world. Technically it's for diesel trucks, but works great in 99% of bikes. Some motorcycle specific synthetics run $19 or more a quart!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JAVELIN350 View Post
                              that kinda sounds like car oil... It should say safe for motorcycles somewhere on it.
                              Yeah man. I was about to write the same thing. Sounds like car oil to me also. Look for the little motorcycle icon on the front of the bottle. I think castrol is changing their motorcycle oil from white bottles to green ones so you should be able to pick up the white bottle stuff for cheap. I got mine on sale for $2 bucks a quart a few weeks ago. Also keep in mind that it takes a little over 4 quarts for you to see the oil through the little looking glass. I kept thinking something was wrong cause i poured in 4 bottles and still couldn't see any oil in the glass.
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