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#4802936 - 07/02/18 08:26 AM 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru...
racin4ds Offline


Registered: 05/07/10
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Loc: Ocala, Florida
Just to make all you thin oil guys cringe, I picked up some Valvoline 20W50 VR1 this weekend at Rural King for $2 a quart! And dare I say, I put it in my '08 Legacy GT! lol The car has 152K miles and I'm sure the thicker vis and extra AW goodies won't hurt it especially in the dead of summer here in Florida.

Amazingly the car starts and runs perfectly normal and has slightly less audible valvetrain noise when hot!

trolling trolling trolling
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#4802957 - 07/02/18 08:50 AM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: racin4ds]
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Registered: 12/31/17
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#4802983 - 07/02/18 09:15 AM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: racin4ds]
69Torino Offline


Registered: 12/12/17
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Loc: Indy
Is rural king clearancing this?!?! Id buy em out at that price!
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#4803012 - 07/02/18 09:52 AM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: racin4ds]
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Good buy! However, IIRC it isnt recommended for cat equipped vehicles.


Edited by gman2304 (07/02/18 09:53 AM)

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#4803029 - 07/02/18 10:08 AM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: racin4ds]
Pelican Offline


Registered: 11/28/12
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Loc: Ajax,Ontario, Canada
Also I don't think that racing oil is a detergent oil.

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#4803039 - 07/02/18 10:18 AM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: racin4ds]
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Registered: 08/04/03
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Not unusual to me since 50 grade is allowed in the owner's manual. But unless you have a built engine with clearances that call for a 50 grade, there is no benefit IMO.

So built and/or catless or is it stock?



Edited by bluesubie (07/02/18 10:24 AM)
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#4803171 - 07/02/18 01:14 PM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: racin4ds]
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I think it is a poor choice of oil for the street driven Subaru. Doesn't meet specs in any form, high Zinc will kill catalytic converters if used regularly, very low detergent level. Ed
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#4803177 - 07/02/18 01:18 PM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: racin4ds]
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Because Racecar.
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#4803229 - 07/02/18 02:12 PM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: Pelican]
Dave Sherman Offline


Registered: 01/03/06
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Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: Pelican
Also I don't think that racing oil is a detergent oil.


I've been using it in my MG, it meets API SL. Wouldn't that still be a detergent oil?

OP: I'd be leary of poisoning your cats with the zinc.


Edited by Dave Sherman (07/02/18 02:13 PM)
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#4803290 - 07/02/18 03:26 PM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: Pelican]
ammolab Offline


Registered: 01/16/06
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Loc: Ruidoso, NM USA
Originally Posted By: Pelican
Also I don't think that racing oil is a detergent oil.


Yes, it is a detergent oil.
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#4803637 - 07/02/18 11:39 PM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: Eddie]
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Registered: 02/12/18
Posts: 189
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: Eddie
I think it is a poor choice of oil for the street driven Subaru. Doesn't meet specs in any form, high Zinc will kill catalytic converters if used regularly, very low detergent level. Ed


To hurt the cat, first you have to burn a lot of oil, second, if your state doesn't do emissions testing I wouldn't worry about the cat

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#4803650 - 07/03/18 12:38 AM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: racin4ds]
Pajero Offline


Registered: 05/05/12
Posts: 953
Loc: Rio Rancho, NM
Are you going to get an UOA after your OCI?



Respectfully,

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#4803655 - 07/03/18 01:16 AM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: Pelican]
FordCapriDriver Offline


Registered: 10/22/15
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Loc: Balearic Islands , Spain
Originally Posted By: Pelican
Also I don't think that racing oil is a detergent oil.

There are 2 version of VR1, the normal oen and NSL version ( Not street legal ) most places carry the regular stuff which is packed full of detergents like calcium and has a really high starting TBN.
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#4803656 - 07/03/18 01:17 AM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: Eddie]
FordCapriDriver Offline


Registered: 10/22/15
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Originally Posted By: Eddie
I think it is a poor choice of oil for the street driven Subaru. Doesn't meet specs in any form, high Zinc will kill catalytic converters if used regularly, very low detergent level. Ed

The normal street version of VR1 meets API SM and ACEA A3/B4.
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#4803657 - 07/03/18 01:18 AM Re: 20W50 VR1 in a Subaru... [Re: racin4ds]
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Registered: 10/22/15
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Would love to see an UOA of that.
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