Get a Grip!
If you're running it, where do you find it? Any chain autoparts stores carry it?
I do sometimes find the MoCo's attitude on things like this somewhat puzzling. Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and many other high-end car manufacturers seem to have no problem letting their owners know its OK to put Mobil1 synthetic in their crankcase - many of them even have little Mobil1 nameplates right in the engine compartment.VA V-Rod said:It's not like we think they make their own oil but MoCo did not want anyone’s name on it but Harley.
Jamie,JamieMac said:Just be careful of the oil you put in. H-D oil has been designed to work with H-D engines. Others might work, others might not. The thousands of hours and miles durability testing H-D engines followed by the thousand of man-hours inspecting the components to ensure the additive package that is added to the base stock is working properly, is really what makes the difference.
Running H-D oil will ensure you excellent life of your powertrain.
But if you want to go else where, be careful of a lot of the automotive oils today that are designed to reduce internal engine friction and improve fuel economy/reduce emissions will cause problems in your V-Rod powertrain. These EP (extreme pressure) additives will reduce the wet clutch performance immediately, and once the oil is put in, the modifiers can not be removed from the plates.
Just my 2 cents…
Q. I’ve noticed a new API rating on automotive oils called SJ which I do not see on Spectro products. Why is this?
A. Because the API (American Petroleum Institute) quality assurance system is driven by the automobile manufacturers. When API had SG as its highest quality level, it was good for both motorcycles and automobiles. However, when the API went to SH quality levels, changes occurred. Lubricant manufacturers added friction modifiers to increase fuel efficiency and decreased the allowed levels of zinc and phosphorous in these oils. These were concessions to the automobile
manufacturers and were a step backward as far as lubricant performance in motorcycles and, in particular, Japanese models are concerned. Increased levels of friction modifiers can detrimentally affect the clutch and starter systems in some Japanese motorcycles. Decreased levels of zinc and phosphorous are not advised for high RPM, high-output motorcycle engines which run hotter and have small lubricant reservoirs compared to automobiles. The latest API SJ rating further increased friction modifier treat levels to improve automobile fuel efficiency. Zinc and phosphorous were further limited, as well. All of these steps are in the opposite direction of how a premium-motorcycle lubricant should be formulated. Therefore, Spectro oils do not have the SJ rating on them for the reasons stated above.