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#4693958 - 03/13/18 09:00 PM Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA
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Registered: 12/22/16
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Hello,

I was unable to find a VOA on the Rotella T5 syn-blend 15w40 oil, so I sent a recently purchased sample for analysis and sharing.

I hope to have another analysis of Rotella T-1 straight 30 weight in the next day or so.

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#4693968 - 03/13/18 09:05 PM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: frankbee3]
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Thank you. I just started using this in my OPE and my inverter-generator.

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#4694009 - 03/13/18 09:35 PM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: gathermewool]
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Oh, I forgot to mention that this sample is labeled as API CK-4.
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#4694013 - 03/13/18 09:37 PM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: frankbee3]
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I have found this Rotella T5 15w40 and 10W30 on sale at O'Reilly's at $14.99/gallon. Rotella has a $5.00/gallon rebate through the end of 2018.
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#4694070 - 03/13/18 10:30 PM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: frankbee3]
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Numbers look close if not identical to the CJ4 version. Thanks!

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#4694125 - 03/13/18 11:48 PM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: frankbee3]
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A good compromise if you don’t want to buy full synthetic T6. Thanks for the VOA.

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#4694351 - 03/14/18 09:07 AM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: Snagglefoot]
gathermewool Offline


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Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
A good compromise if you don’t want to buy full synthetic T6. Thanks for the VOA.


I originally picked up T6 for my OPE and generator, but swapped it out for T5. I figure T6 is a bit overkill in my applications, since I’ll likely change at relatively low hour intervals. Besides, the T5 ain’t no slouch, anyway!

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#4694422 - 03/14/18 10:17 AM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: frankbee3]
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The T5 has no Allison spec..? For a shared sump, do you think T5 or T4 is a better choice?
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#4694665 - 03/14/18 02:36 PM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: frankbee3]
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I don't believe that T5 is JASO MA/MB approved so you may not want to use it in a shared pump bike.
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#4695443 - 03/15/18 09:19 AM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: Snagglefoot]
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Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
A good compromise if you don’t want to buy full synthetic T6. Thanks for the VOA.
Other than for below freezing starts for which I use the 5W-40 . The 15w-40s are better oils.
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#4696449 - 03/16/18 08:42 AM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: frankbee3]
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Looks like good stuff. Thanks for posting. Think I may rather use this instead of T6 5w40 except in cold weather.
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#4712806 - 03/31/18 10:52 PM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: Papa Bear]
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Loc: Colorado, USA
Originally Posted By: Papa Bear
I don't believe that T5 is JASO MA/MB approved so you may not want to use it in a shared pump bike.


See this link below... I ran it just fine in my 2001 Kawasaki ZRX1200 with a shared sump. This ZRX is modded to close to 150hp and close to 90 ft/lbs of torque from 1164cc. NO 15w40 HDEO oil has caused an issue in my cycle or anyone else’s that I have read of.
https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4371237/1

Rotella T4 was used for millions and millions and millions of miles in shared sump bikes before a JASO rating showed on the bottle...

LOOK at the contents of this T5 oil, it has nothing in the ad-pck that is majorly different than T4 or T6 or any other HDEO. Redline motorcycle specific oils in some cases run well over 300ppm moly, so moly is insignificant if that is something to consider.

I can appreciate caution however it is moot when the “not JASO” card is played when the oil would be just fine based on simple comparison, let alone actual experience runnng it, in my case as one of the best oils I have used in my shared sump engine.

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#4712975 - 04/01/18 07:37 AM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: Bonz]
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Registered: 10/02/08
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Loc: Flatlands of Indiana
Originally Posted By: Bonz
Originally Posted By: Papa Bear
I don't believe that T5 is JASO MA/MB approved so you may not want to use it in a shared pump bike.


See this link below... I ran it just fine in my 2001 Kawasaki ZRX1200 with a shared sump. This ZRX is modded to close to 150hp and close to 90 ft/lbs of torque from 1164cc. NO 15w40 HDEO oil has caused an issue in my cycle or anyone else’s that I have read of.
https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4371237/1

Rotella T4 was used for millions and millions and millions of miles in shared sump bikes before a JASO rating showed on the bottle...

LOOK at the contents of this T5 oil, it has nothing in the ad-pck that is majorly different than T4 or T6 or any other HDEO. Redline motorcycle specific oils in some cases run well over 300ppm moly, so moly is insignificant if that is something to consider.

I can appreciate caution however it is moot when the “not JASO” card is played when the oil would be just fine based on simple comparison, let alone actual experience runnng it, in my case as one of the best oils I have used in my shared sump engine.






Same experience here, Been using Rotella since before the JASO rating.
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#4723050 - 04/10/18 07:48 PM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: frankbee3]
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Loc: Michigan
That's a really strong reading in Phosphorous for a CK4 oil.
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#4724008 - 04/11/18 07:42 PM Re: Shell Rotella T-5 15W40 semi-synthetic VOA [Re: Bonz]
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Registered: 08/11/05
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Originally Posted By: Bonz
Originally Posted By: Papa Bear
I don't believe that T5 is JASO MA/MB approved so you may not want to use it in a shared pump bike.


See this link below... I ran it just fine in my 2001 Kawasaki ZRX1200 with a shared sump. This ZRX is modded to close to 150hp and close to 90 ft/lbs of torque from 1164cc. NO 15w40 HDEO oil has caused an issue in my cycle or anyone else’s that I have read of.
https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4371237/1

Rotella T4 was used for millions and millions and millions of miles in shared sump bikes before a JASO rating showed on the bottle...

LOOK at the contents of this T5 oil, it has nothing in the ad-pck that is majorly different than T4 or T6 or any other HDEO. Redline motorcycle specific oils in some cases run well over 300ppm moly, so moly is insignificant if that is something to consider.

I can appreciate caution however it is moot when the “not JASO” card is played when the oil would be just fine based on simple comparison, let alone actual experience runnng it, in my case as one of the best oils I have used in my shared sump engine.



4 & 6 is rated .. why not 5 ?? There must be a reason.
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