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Rotella T6 5W40

Well the time has come that i'm at the end of my break in period and I need to change my oils, then I can start pushing my Grizz a bit harder . My question is, does anyone see a problem with running Rotella T6 5W40 synthetic year round...especially the summer? I can get the stuff cheaper than yamalube...it's only 22 bucks a gallon plus it's a synthetic! And yes it's JASO MA certified

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I havd heard this is basically what polaris uses in their bikes after the break in period except it has the polaris name stamped on it,which as I'm sure you know this is basically diesel oil,as for what weight to use,I would reffer to your owners manual,and there is a chart in it, I would find the median average temp there and go with an oil that falls in that area,which I believe the weight you mentioned does,hope this helps

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I havd heard this is basically what polaris uses in their bikes after the break in period except it has the polaris name stamped on it,which as I'm sure you know this is basically diesel oil,as for what weight to use,I would reffer to your owners manual,and there is a chart in it, I would find the median average temp there and go with an oil that falls in that area,which I believe the weight you mentioned does,hope this helps
It does help a bit. The charts i've seen are for more common oils like 5w30 for winter and 15w40, 20w40 (even 20w50 which is what my dealer got me for my Kodiak) for summer. I guess I figured 5w40 is the best of both worlds. I'm in Northern Ontario so the summers ain't all that hot and the winters rarely go below what the chart says a 5w oil says it's good for. I just want to know if my train of thought is right lol.

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That is the oil I use in my Grizzly. I'm sure must of us know how oil ratings work and understand the concepts but to answer your question I think it would make a great year round oil. a 5w30 and a 5w40 will both flow at the same viscosity at the same cold starting temperature. The 5w40 will remain thicker at normal operating temperature. They say the larger the difference between the two viscosities the faster the oil will break down but most of the research I have found shows that isn't as common with fully synthetic oil.

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either way if it does break down faster at the price and all you could change the oil after half the oil "life" and still be ok funds wise, but i believe you will find that the research is for standard oils not the rotella in which is a strong diesel oil and is ran in probably 70% of the commercial trucks in the US alone,i know guys who do heavy bogging year around and they will only use this oil, and they have been in to atv's a long time, i know what i'll use when it is time to change mine if that says anything

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I guess i'm over thinking it. I've read a lot of posts on oil and figured i'd ask my own specific question. Seems that rotella gets high marks from everyone who uses it in their atv. Guess for the price I'll go with the rotella t6

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well i mean it is really either that lucas or some off the wall cheap stuff,and my money is on rotella t till someone says i'll blow my stuff up lol

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I run T6 in my TDI Jetta, stuff seems to be great oil and 'decently' priced. (10,000 mile change intervals!)

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I changed mine to this and immediately noticed easier shifting, and smoother idle. i wouldn't hesitate to use it

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