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Hello everyone just bought vtx 1800 n used with 16k miles and it’s time to change the engine oil and I’m very confused between synthetic oil and normal oil
I want to know the best oil brand I can use and safe for my clutch and gears
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JASO-MA oil.
Anything that says energy conserving in the circle symbol is bad.

Beyond those two things it's all personal preference. Synthetic is more likely to go beyond the Honda recommended change interval but dino oil might be fine longer periods too. Only way to KNOW is to actually test it in a lab. The way oil looks means nothing.

Read the answers to common questions thread in the 1300 forum (applies to 1800 too) for list of oil filters and other useful things.
 

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I use Mobil 1 synthetic 10-40. Get the racing 4T if you can find it.

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^^^What he said.^^^ There are a bunch of viable options here, but I like the Mobil 1 4T Racing 10W40. I don't give a crap about price. If I find something I like I stick with it.
 

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I originally used Mobil 1, and it is a good oil but it didn't produce a noticeable difference in performance. Then I switched to Redline oil. No difference in engine performance but definate improvement is shifting smoothness. I've heard Motul oil has the same effect.
 

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Motul is good stuff, member MJKLASER did an extensive write-up on it here last year.
 

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Rotella is fine. Even the dino oil.
Things to remember,...no energy conserving service stamps and change it while its still good.
 

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So these oils are clutch compatible? I use the Honda GN4 oil but I want to get away from it a gallon is stupid expensive like $60 CND. Has anybody used Amsoil or Lucas? I want a good oil as my bike has 60,000 miles on it.
 

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I'm an Amsoil guy, put it in all my vehicles and love the way it makes them run. It made my Honda Shadow so damn quiet that my front tire on pavement was louder than the motor. My VTX runs cooler with Amsoil than with conventional oil. I've also heard good things about Royal Purple, and had a friend who used it religiously in his Victory bikes.

Bottom line, with the experience we have posting here, just check and see what these folks are using and you should be fine. I always use Amsoil. PaXman11 uses Mobil 1. We're both right. So on and so forth.
 

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I use full synthetic Mobil 15W50 for all four seasons
10W40 is good for colder climates 20W50 for hotter climates. Mobil and Castrol GTX synthetics are both good oils.
Just don't put anything in any motor that says energy conserving, not good for any motor IMO.
 
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