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#1231071 - 09/06/08 12:33 PM Best oil for Honda Eu2000i
Benevolus2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/08
Posts: 4
Loc: New York
Hi everybody, first post at this great place.

My question to all is concerning the 'best' oil for my Honda Eu2000i. First let me preface that it's used to power my camper.
We camp primarily during the cooler months in upstate NY. I would say that the temperature range basically goes from 40 down to the low teens. The generator runs about 16 hours per day for about 3-4 days.

We change the oil every 30 hours. I've always used Mobil 1 5w-40 or 10w-30. I would prefer oils that are easily obtainable through either local retailers or auto stores.

Are there 'better' choices out there? Thanks to all.

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#1231087 - 09/06/08 01:03 PM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: Benevolus2]
TeeDub Offline


Registered: 12/11/06
Posts: 752
Loc: NY
The new CJ-4/SM rated, Mobil1, 5w-40 is about the best for off the shelf. I'd think a 50 hour interval would be conservative, depending on the quality of the air filter..
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#1231090 - 09/06/08 01:05 PM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: TeeDub]
daman Offline


Registered: 09/23/06
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Loc: Bad Axe, MI
Yup Mobil 1 5w-40 or 10w30 would be a great choice.
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#1231102 - 09/06/08 01:38 PM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: daman]
Jim 5 Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
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Loc: Calgary Canada
I run a 0w-30 synthetic HDEO in my Yamaha EF2400is generator for the same temperature range. The other suggestions are good too. I would also recommend a longer OCI especially since it is on 16 hours at a time.

It is always good to hear that advice from someone way more knowledgeable as you did from TeeDub. I installed a digital hour meter on mine just for overkill, and because it typically runs for 2-3 hours at a time throughout the camping season. Otherwise it's hard to keep track of the hours.

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#1231259 - 09/06/08 07:22 PM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: Jim 5]
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 5653
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
M1 Turbo diesel truck 5-40 CI, CI+ or CJ. It is one of the finest oils mankind has ever made. 50 hours would be too short for this oil. Go at least 100. Plenty robust additive pack, in fact, more so than all readily available gas eng conventional or syn oils.

Plus at 100 hour intervals, you could keep enough on hand. So you would not be searching every 2 days.

Those gensets last a long time!
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#1231261 - 09/06/08 07:30 PM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: Cujet]
RTexasF Offline


Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 2633
Loc: Brownsville, TX
What does Honda say you should run?

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#1231331 - 09/06/08 10:32 PM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: RTexasF]
Benevolus2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/08
Posts: 4
Loc: New York
Honda recommends 10w-30. They don't specify synthetic or anything special.

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#1231335 - 09/06/08 10:37 PM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: Benevolus2]
mtgrs737 Offline


Registered: 11/17/04
Posts: 139
Loc: Kansas, land of OZ
I have one of those Honda generators and they are a fantastic piece of equipment. Mine runs constantly during power outages which last time lasted 7 days, I only turned it off to change the oil or refuel. I use Mobil 1 in 10w30 but my temps don't get too much below freezing. I change it out around 50 hours run time and it still looks new!

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#1231344 - 09/06/08 10:59 PM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: mtgrs737]
Mamala Bay Offline


Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 2085
Loc: USA
Honda is fine tuned you don't need a 40w only make the engine run harder...friction. Synthetic 10w-30 should do fine.

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#1231357 - 09/06/08 11:28 PM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: Mamala Bay]
Mamala Bay Offline


Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 2085
Loc: USA
Given the choice I would use the Amsoil ASE 30w. Also doesn't Honda have a shutdown feature should engine over heat. Does the Honda engine shutdown, 16 hrs sure is pushing it.

I still like the 30w in extreme conditions as this is extreme!

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#1231423 - 09/07/08 06:39 AM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: Mamala Bay]
Brett Miller Offline


Registered: 09/09/03
Posts: 2636
Loc: Arizona
First choice for me would be Amsoil ASE, second choice would be Rotella T 10W-30.

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#1259630 - 10/17/08 02:40 PM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: Brett Miller]
BayouTodd Offline


Registered: 01/28/08
Posts: 246
Loc: 39466, USA.
Awesome lil machine, I own one too, keep me cool after katrina for weeks (w/window a/c unit) I use M1, YMMV.
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#1259690 - 10/17/08 03:51 PM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: BayouTodd]
meep Offline


Registered: 02/20/07
Posts: 3003
Loc: Southeast
the eu2000i has low oil shutdown, but not overtemp. The manual calls for 10-30, or 5-30 in cold climates (I just bought one).

My honda mower (CX series engine??) did NOT do well with M1 10-30, but it works HARD. Based on the high amounts of metallic slivers and smokey startup after 2 years of M1 use with conservative OCIs, I avoid M1 in my OPE.

Rotella T 10-30 has become very hard to find, so my eu2000i will get syntec 10-30. I like rotella T, but 5-40 would be too thick IMO for a plastic-slinger-lubricated 99cc engine.

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#1265998 - 10/25/08 11:32 AM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: meep]
double vanos Offline


Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1349
Loc: Bisbee, Arizona
I bought the exact same generator for Ike!!! What a great machine!! It didn't even come off the eco idle running my small window unit.

With the a/c and the fridge, it would run at high speed but a tank of gas (1.1 gal) would last from 10pm at nite until 6 am. I use GC in it and all is well.
It ran for a week solid except for gas and oil changes.

I plan on getting another one just like it and use the synchronization cord that links 2 of them together for a total of 4000 watts surge ( or 3600 continious).

It was the quietest generator on my block.

My next door neighbor had a 5500 (brand unknown) that tore through 200 gallons of gas before the power came back.

He bought it for less than my Honda cost but then gave the savings right back at the gas station. And it was noisy!!!

Honda generators are great!
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#1270843 - 10/31/08 11:26 AM Re: Best oil for Honda Eu2000i [Re: double vanos]
BayouTodd Offline


Registered: 01/28/08
Posts: 246
Loc: 39466, USA.
I have one and have been thinking of getting another one too but to be honest WHY? it does all I need too, fridge, tv and maybe a window unit at night, the entire south is now prepared for armegadon between generators and firearms ;\)
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