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Old 04-09-2011, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What type of gear oil to use in the rear end?

I am planning on changing the final drive gear oil in my 86 250 Fourtrax... I notice the Service manual just says SAE 80 weight gear oil.... Should I use anything fancy or just go to walmart and get some supertech SAE 80 weight plain old gear oil?


Are there any specifications I should look for?



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Just use SAE 80 hypoid gear oil, any brand.
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look to see if it says hypoid gear oil, if so youll need hypoid gear oil.
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Is Hypoid different than regular 80W? Where does it typically show if it is Hypoid or not?
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it should say it right on the diff near fill hole somewhere, im not 100% sure of the difference in reg oil and hypoid oil but i thionk it has something to do with the oil molecule shearing effect in the hypoid cut gears
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Hypoid gear oil is for extreme pressure applications such as ring and pinion gears. It will say hypoid on the bottle.

All diffs use hypoid gear oil because of the ring and pinion gears.
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yeah its definatly a high pressure metal on meatl area and you need correct lubrication in it or it will eventually wear out completely
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