Anyone care about oil?
I called megacycle camshafts because I had some cam questions. Some old tech-lady I spoke with was great. We talked about a bunch of shit. She asked what oil I normally use. I said conventional 10-40 mc oil. She said nope, that shit ain’t good enough.
She said I really need to be using an oil with zinc in it. It prevents camshaft lobe and tappet/lifter/rocker wear. She recommended Valvoline VR1 racing oil. Or Motul racing oil.
So. I started thinking about oil more. Due to the fact that zinc oil isn’t abundantly available at auto stores I’m ruling it out as a viable, realistic option.
So often you’re on the road or need oil ASAP and run to pep boys. So it needs to be oil I can get whenever… wherever. I’m going to start running synthetic mc oil in all my bikes. It’s only $2-3 more a quart and it’s super easy to find at auto stores.
I’m gonna try it out. Maybe it’ll be great and maybe it won’t. I’ll report back.
Also since I’ve been talking about oil recently I’ve run into more than a couple people that mentioned they don’t really change their oil or think about it. Blowing my mind. Being on top of oil changes is fuking imperative. It’s literally the most important thing to think about. More important than gas.
Look at the photos below. If those motors had been running synthetic mc oil or regular 2-3k mile interval oil changes I’ll bet the wear / scoring wouldn’t have happened… despite the 450 motors are known for eating followers and despite Adams kz oil ports were half way blocked.
Good oil that’s not broken down yet actually lubricates metal on metal.
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Published - Jul 3, 2013
Adam and I did this trip early Sept 2010. This doesn’t account for any of the backroads we took. But it gives an overall idea of the locations we hit.