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KTM LC4 #4473696
07/29/17 07:01 AM
07/29/17 07:01 AM
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Central Maine
Altydoc Offline OP
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Hello,
I have a '16 KTM 690 Enduro R, and was wondering if anyone has any oil recommendations other than 10w60? I know the factory recommended oil is Motorex 10w60. I've read 540rat's blog, I know his data is controversial, but it got me thinking, especially after reading about BMW rod bearing failures with 10w60 (I know, controversial). Has anyone dared try 10w40? I'm currently running Amsoil 10w60 at 2600 miles. I'm stock except a Wings can, and a 190 deg. thermostat switch. FWIW, this is the smoothest shifting bike I've ever owned, except for the 5-6 false neutral..
Thanks.

Re: KTM LC4 [Re: Altydoc] #4473712
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Does the owners manual show any alternative oils?


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17 Highlander 3.5 2wd AT 10K+
95 Tacoma 2.4 2wd AT 187k+
07 EX250 21k+
09 EN500 11k+
11 PCX 125 4K+
Re: KTM LC4 [Re: Altydoc] #4473768
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I'd be inclined to use a 20w50, and surely you won't see me in weather's requiring 10w on two wheels.


95 Cherokee 190K DELO 10W30, XG8
07 IS250 103K Napa 10w30, FULL
04 YZF-R1 19K DELO 15w40, XG7317
99 HD XL1200S 21K VR1 20w50, NG1515
14 RX450h 35k PP MIX, NG7047
Re: KTM LC4 [Re: faltic] #4473822
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Altydoc Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: faltic
Does the owners manual show any alternative oils?

10w50

Re: KTM LC4 [Re: Altydoc] #4473891
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Contact user albertdi . He's got a lot of data from his KTM (link). It appears that Amsoil SAE60 had similar results to the other oils he tried, but at twice the mileage. Your KTM is prone to shear, and that's what I'd go with. The data supports that.


'14 Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
Rotella T6 5w-40 & OEM filter
Re: KTM LC4 [Re: Dyusik] #4473972
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+1

Originally Posted By: Dyusik
I'd be inclined to use a 20w50, and surely you won't see me in weather's requiring 10w on two wheels.


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17 Highlander 3.5 2wd AT 10K+
95 Tacoma 2.4 2wd AT 187k+
07 EX250 21k+
09 EN500 11k+
11 PCX 125 4K+
Re: KTM LC4 [Re: Bandito440] #4473979
07/29/17 02:36 PM
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Central Maine
Altydoc Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Bandito440
Contact user albertdi . He's got a lot of data from his KTM (link). It appears that Amsoil SAE60 had similar results to the other oils he tried, but at twice the mileage. Your KTM is prone to shear, and that's what I'd go with. The data supports that.


Thanks!
It appears that the oil I'm using performs well also; Amsoil 60w isn't a good option for me because I'm dumb enough to ride in near freezing temps, and the bike's in an unheated garage.

Re: KTM LC4 [Re: Altydoc] #4474050
07/29/17 04:33 PM
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FWIW, the frame on my 1995 Duke LC4 recommends 15w-40.

Your engine (likely the transmission portion) does shear the heck out of oil, though. Not sure if our older, smaller engines are any different.


07 Lincoln Navigator M1 0w-40/FU
68 Charger R/T / Supercharged 440 VR1/DBL7349
07 Ram 3500 4x4 / Cummins 6.7 /DBL7349
17 Maserati GranTurismo Cabrio
Re: KTM LC4 [Re: Altydoc] #4496505
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I would use Mobil 1 15w50.....all day long in that bike.

Smokin awesome oil......

Noticed Walmart had a 5 quart bottle for $22.47 today.

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Last edited by BigJohn; 08/23/17 08:38 PM.

'14 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 4x4, Delo 5w40
'15 Mercedes ML250, PenEuro 5w30
'05 BMW R1200GS, M1 15w50
'02 Yamaha WR426, RT4 15w40
'05 KTM 950 ADV-S, RT4 15w40
Re: KTM LC4 [Re: Altydoc] #4496603
08/24/17 02:36 AM
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People use M1 15/50 in shared sump, but no approval for wet clutch use.


07 Lincoln Navigator M1 0w-40/FU
68 Charger R/T / Supercharged 440 VR1/DBL7349
07 Ram 3500 4x4 / Cummins 6.7 /DBL7349
17 Maserati GranTurismo Cabrio

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