Ownership Oil Doesn't Matter at All, Except When It Does

11:35  05 october  2017
11:35  05 october  2017 Source:   Road & Track

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It doesn ’ t matter whether I use the factory oil , the semi-synthetic Rotella, or the full-synthetic Rotella that is so beloved of the CB1100 owners’ forum. When I tried to save five bucks by using something cheaper from the local NAPA store, the tappet noise started almost immediately.

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Clunk. Clunk. CLUNK! My Honda CB1100 is a remarkably fuss-free device, as you’d expect given that it is a fuel-injected, air-cooled, completely conventional inline-four motorcycle from the people who, in my experience, make the most reliable bikes that money can buy. It can be ridden in the rain and in the snow; it can be left outside in the freezing winter and the hottest days of summer; it can even be knocked over by a crazy meth-head without so much as stuttering when it was started up afterwards.

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It does, however, have one particular eccentricity. As soon as the oil in the crankcase gets to about 3,500 miles, it starts exhibiting a real reluctance to shift smoothly. In a modern bike, there is no separate reservoir for engine oil and transmission fluid; the same oil has to perform both tasks, which is why you can’t use “friction modified” automotive oil in a motorcycle. This sullen shift behavior arrives within the space of a few commutes, going from “hassle-free downshifts without the clutch in the summer heat” to “needs a solid kick to the lever just to go into first at idle.” It doesn’t matter whether I use the factory oil, the semi-synthetic Rotella, or the full-synthetic Rotella that is so beloved of the CB1100 owners’ forum. The oil has a definitely limited and physically plain lifespan. I suspect that is because the engine is fairly massive and it runs lean for fuel efficiency. Those two factors rarely bode well for the life expectancy of oil in an air-cooled engine.

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It doesn ’ t matter whether I use the factory oil , the semi-synthetic Rotella, or the full-synthetic Rotella that is so beloved of the CB1100 owners’ forum. When I tried to save five bucks by using something cheaper from the local NAPA store, the tappet noise started almost immediately.

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Once upon a time, this was true for cars as well. My 1980 Marquis Brougham would start tappet-clacking at the 5k mark and get steadily worse until I put in a fresh batch of Castrol GTX. It was also true that some oils were obviously better than others. When I tried to save five bucks by using something cheaper from the local NAPA store, the tappet noise started almost immediately. And although the VW Fox that I got afterwards was always noisy with Castrol, a fill of Mobil 1 took it all the way to 18,000 miles before I heard anything amiss under the valve cover.

Even today, there’s a massive online community filled with people who religiously have their oil tested after the fact by companies like Blackstone Labs. They read the lab reports the way that shamans used to read the natural augurs of animal entrails or doves in flight, searching for the perfect combination of long-lasting oil and fault-free engine that will take them to a million miles or beyond.

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I’ve always been skeptical of people who think that the choice of oil in a daily driver makes much of a difference in longevity or performance. The truth of the matter is that the lifespan of your everyday car was fixed at the moment of its conception in a sort of Calvinist fashion by the engineers and assembly team. You might kill it early with outright abuse or you might extend its days a bit with proactive maintenance, but it’s absurd to think that you’ll turn your 250,000-mile engine into a 500,000-mile engine by reaching onto a different shelf in the Wal-Mart automotive department. Sorry about that.

Modern cars are engineered for outstanding longevity with pretty much any oil that meets the appropriate weight and grade specified by the manufacturer. Once you start spending a lot of time at a racetrack, however, the choice of oil starts to become a little more critical. Let’s face it: the difference between a spirited drive down a back road and an SCCA race was pretty minor for something like an MG TD, which was revving its lungs out just to make it up a mild hill. For a new Corvette or McLaren the situation is a bit different. On-track heat dissipation is a major problem for pretty much every high-performance car out there–and motor oil hates heat.

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Except When It Does . Pete Thorn. November 27, 2016. “My take on gear is that it does not matter at all , ever, in any circumstance,” he says. It should come as no surprise that his statement caused a bit of a stir in the online guitar community.

Ok. Here’s that catch: Gear doesn ’ t matter – except when it does . Frankly, having talked to a couple of oil and watercolor artists since this piece was published, I’m even more convinced that tools matter .

For that reason, I wouldn’t run anything but a full synthetic oil in any modern track rat or club racer. Period, point blank. You can arguably make an exception for teams that dump the oil every day, as we used to in my single-cam NASA Neon. That engine was worn so loose that it would burn a quart in a 30-minute sprint race and turn what was left black as midnight. Didn’t matter if we used full synthetic, synthetic blend, or old-school “dino juice." Yet by changing the oil every hour of running time we managed to get a few extra races out of the engine before it decided to add a “window” to the crankcase immediately after the checkered flag flew at Putnam Park in 2008.

There’s also some evidence to suggest that you should run a heavier oil in your track car than the manufacturer originally suggested. From the day I took delivery of my 986 Boxster S, I used the 15-50 “red label” Mobil 1 oil because I was in the habit of using that oil with my aircooled Porsches and I knew that it performed well on track. Didn’t change it that often. Over the course of eleven years, I got more than 15,000 on-track miles out of the engine without even a suggestion of the dreaded IMS failure. Other people followed the recommendation for 0w-40w oil to Porsche’s specific formulation and promptly had issues on their first trackday or even in spirited road driving. But there are “forum experts” out there who will tell you that the heavier oil causes the IMS failure.

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You can also go all the way and use a racing-oriented oil. For the past year, I’ve been running a former MX-5 Pro Cup car with American Endurance Racing and although the engine was a brand-new crate motor it’s been remarkably hard on its oil, both in the amount used during a single event and in the condition of the oil after each race. So I talked to the people at Motul and they sent us a unique blend that was supposed to handle heat better, and reduce friction in an endurance-racing application. Motul has gone through the trouble of coming up with multiple recommendations for the NC-generation MX-5 depending on what kind of racing you’re going to do.

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I was immediately charmed by the fact that each Motul bottle has a built-in funnel; that’s the sort of thing that saves real time during an endurance race and keeps people from running around like headless chickens searching for a funnel that has accumulated dirt, dust, and water in between uses. The next good thing: oil consumption went from over a quart per eight hours of run time to below one-third of a quart. Oil temperature also dropped a little bit, which was important because we don’t have much of an aux fan installed at the moment.

Was the change to Motul oil the reason we won our first race as a team at NJMP two months ago? I sincerely doubt it. But the improved durability and temperature behavior of the oil was significant enough that we’ll be using it from now on. It’s not cheap and you can’t find it at Wal-Mart the night before a race, but if it increases our chances of winning or even surviving a race the extra cost and hassle is absolutely worth it.

No matter what kind of oil you prefer, however, I would strongly recommend that you learn to change it yourself. This task requires few tools and it is not that tough to do unless you have a two-filter, dry-sump Porsche 911. By doing so you can make absolutely sure that you’re getting the oil that you want. As a former dealership employee, I can tell you that I wasn’t always terribly reassured by the way in which we filled our bulk oil storage tanks. But that’s a horror story for another time and another place..

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