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ATV engine oil #5270882 11/18/19 02:02 PM
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On my new-to-me Suzuki quad runner, it gives some indication of what oil to use in the owners manual, but just indicates SF or the similar (don't remember off-hand, but it's from 1994, so whatever was in spec back then). Nothing about motorcycle specific oil nor ATV specific oil. I haven't looked at a service manual yet but I'm assuming there is a clutch inside the oil? Casual surfing indicates that some are using motorcycle engine oil, others aren't.

I'm not sure what is good vs best, and as an older machine I'm not finding a lot of info.

If I dig through the manual and find that it's a dry clutch, then I'm guessing standard motor oil is ok; but if it's a wet clutch should I use something else? I've seen a mention about JASO-Msomething rating.


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Yep, use JASO rated oil if it has a wet clutch. Dry clutch use your favorite oil. Be sure to use the specified viscosity for the temperatures you will experience.


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JASO MA if wet clutch.

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1994 Suzuki Quadrunner has a wet clutch.

Valvoline 4stroke 10w40 from Walmart its around $7/qt.


If you want to walk on the wild side you can use Rotella 15w40. I put 3500 miles on my Teryx with a wet clutch and it loved it.

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Thanks! I will do that. I was thinking of using 5W30 as I hope to use it this winter, but then again, if I wind up using for plowing, it will be warm out and the motor under load, so maybe 10W40 would be the right choice after all.

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Don't use oil with graphite in it.

Re: ATV engine oil [Re: supton] #5271345 11/18/19 09:50 PM
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Walmart has Quicksilver full syn MC oil in various grades. My local store doesn't carry it, so I ordered it from their website. Seems to work well, and the price is decent.


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blah blah blah buncha blathering

now for real info

Shell Rotella T 15w40 white jug. about $15 per gallon at walmart


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Originally Posted by sunruh
blah blah blah buncha blathering

now for real info

Shell Rotella T 15w40 white jug. about $15 per gallon at walmart

? Not sure what you're driving at.

15W40 sounds too thick though for 0F.


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Hmm, interesting. I'll contemplate it, but I suspect I'd rather go thinner all the same. In the cold weather that is.


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I used Mobil 1 0w-40 in my 650cc Can-am quad for years. Worked just fine summer and winter.

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Originally Posted by totegoat
I used Mobil 1 0w-40 in my 650cc Can-am quad for years. Worked just fine summer and winter.

I'm not against the 40 part, more against the 15W part.

Is yours a wet clutch?


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Re: ATV engine oil [Re: supton] #5274387 11/22/19 09:44 AM
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Hmm, looks like it'll get Rotella T4 15W40 for now, couldn't find much of anything at Walmart (other than some stuff at $9 per quart, no thanks), not sure what is in there but I'm guessing auto 5W30 (based on a post-it that is in the owner's manual). If I get it running this weekend I'll change it.


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What's wrong with Shell Rotella T6 5w40 ?

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