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This was for Hyway01, but thought some other members may not have noticed. I always ran Rotella synthetic in my trucks and motorcycles with a wet clutch. Great stuff, I understand it was not synthetic at all, but the quality was high enough to class it as syn. Two weeks ago as I walked through Walmart I noticed it had the star on the container meaning that they are now adding aditives (bad for wet clutch units). So yesterday I was in a store a looked at Rotella 6 for and it also had the star. It may pass jaso standards, but I have been told by many experts to stay away from any container with that star logo. Sorry, I am sure this topic has been beat to death. If you want to feel free to delete the entire post.
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Personally I stick with Yamalube, but for those that run Rotella that info could be a motor-saver. No limits on info in here!
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Rotella T (I believe is the brand name) does not show any "energy conserving or friction reducing" information on the botom section of the circle on the back of the bottles. I'm not up on the Jasso's and the ABCDE's of the oils. I have been running Castrol GTX 20x50 with absolutely no performance problems, but my plan right now is to run the Rotella T 15x40 in the next service of both the Grizzly 660 and the Rubicon 500.

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Thanks for the heads up jerseyed, but I don't see anything on the bottle about it being energy conserving. I just picked up a gallon jug of Rotella T6 from Walmart for 20.58

I've read a bunch more forums on this and it seems that the Rotella t series is ok to use for wet clutches. A bunch of guys use it and they deem it great. I just don't see how they can get this oil passed through jaso ma standards and not have it flagged if it's an energy conservation oil.
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I run Rotella T in all my bikes. (5) and no problems for years.
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logo is on the back of container near the bottom. I used that products for over ten years, but will not use anymore on the wet clutch units.
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My 660, didn't know there was a difference between half and full star. There was never any star period . Doesn't matter to me because I have been running Mobil syn for wet clutch units, I love the way it feels even when the bike is hot. Only problem is it cost $9 plus a qt., still a lot cheaper then a repair.
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I still don't see anything on the bottle that says anything about a star or energy conserving. I've looked all over it. Is it possible for you to take some pictures of the bottle next time you're in the store?? I could go to using Amsoil, Mobil 1 or even Yamalube but really why pay more for something that Rotella can do just as well. A bunch of guys on many forums (including motorcycle forums) that use it without any problems, and I think I will too. As I mentioned before I doubt Rotella could have gotten it's oil jaso ma rated if it had any modifiers.

Here's a heads up though - I was in Canadian Tire today looking at oils and the T6 had the same info on the back as the bottle I bought in the U.S. The regular Rotella 15w40 also has the jaso ma rating...however the T5 synthetic blend did not have the jaso ma standard on the back.

Don't get me wrong, i'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination. All my info and knowledge is from reading numerous forums on what others are using in their bikes for oils (i'm just piecing it together as best I can). I figure why go to a regular oil or even an expensive synthetic when a synthetic oil like Rotella T6 is only 20 bucks a gallon!! Hell that's cheaper than Yamalube at the stealership which may come from any oil manufacturer including Shell???

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I try to stay with Yamaha stuff as well. Cheap protection in the long run.
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I haved used rotella in my 660 my wife's rancher son's 250 sport other son's yz80 brother's 400 kodiak uses royal purple once ( sucked ) hens new clutch in honda the synthetic rotella made my 660 slip went back quick not to say I have a 55 gal drum of it been using it for for years no prob .
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JerseyEd, I don't think I even mentioned a star. There is a circle on the back of the bottles of oil and the circle is divided into sections. The very bottom of the circle is where the energy conserving will be stated. RotellaT has the bottom section of the circle blank (at least it was last week when I checked). RotellaT seems to be growing interest fast around my neck of the woods...MD
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im using the rotella t6 full synthetic, works awesome, no slippage, and it does NOT say energy conserving II or whatever it is. IT IS jaso-ma approved and lots of other forums speak highly of it. I will not be buying overpriced yamalube. Yes it is what everyone uses, however, yamaha im sure, just contracted it out to the cheapest oil supplier.
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The star I talking about is not the circle, you'll see it on oil for cars mostly. I had gone back to Walmart to take a picture but the last gallon was gone. I have seen the other rotella products and they did not have the star. As I said before I always used Rotella syn. Did Walmart really have one container that was different from other stores? I had a bad bike accident with a suv head-on. Many times I have to step back and ask if that really happen, this may be one of those times. If so I'm sorry for the post, welcome to my world.
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After tearing into my motor and splitting the case and seeing how clean and shiny my motor was on the inside after 13,000 miles. Royal Purple is all shes gonna get!!
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After tearing into my motor and splitting the case and seeing how clean and shiny my motor was on the inside after 13,000 miles. Royal Purple is all shes gonna get!!
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