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post #31 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 08:03 PM
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Here is another question, how much do the 86 250 engine hold ??
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Here is another question, how much do the 86 250 engine hold ??
Welcome to the forums. If you're talking about the '86 Fourtrax 250 utility model, it holds 2.2 quarts.

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I've got a 2012 Rancher AT. the manual lists 10w40 as the highest range on the oil. is it ok to use the rotella triple 15w40 in this quad? seems to be pretty difficult to find the 5w anywhere local. also, i'm in east TN so, temperate weather climate.
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I've got a 2012 Rancher AT. the manual lists 10w40 as the highest range on the oil. is it ok to use the rotella triple 15w40 in this quad? seems to be pretty difficult to find the 5w anywhere local. also, i'm in east TN so, temperate weather climate.
The Rotella 15W-40 is regular oil, the 5W-40 is the Rotella T6 synthetic which I highly recommend, it's at walmart and others about $23 for gallon jug - it's dark blue

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I'm not a synthetic oil snob like some people at the same time synthetics are usually a "thinner" viscosity oil. Using a 15w-40 oil is a "thicker" oil and you may see upper engine wear using it versus 5W oils. The majority of engine wear occurs during start up. The thinner oils reach the top of the engine sooner therefore securing good lubrication quicker on start up even in temperate climates. Once they are warmed up then it's no longer an issue. I highly recommend the thinner regular oils (5W) or a synthetic. If for some reason you just have to use 15W-40 then I would recommend an oil heater prior to starting your bike. You can use a search engine and find easily....just type in atv oil heater.
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well, i was weary of the 15w-40 already because it's above the recomended range in the manual anyway (stops at 10w-40), i'm not sure why i didn't look at the synthetic but it looks to be twice the price at walmart than the non synthetic. though they also show a 10w-30 in the rotela tripple online, but no price or store availability
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I may be able to offer some assistance in the oil quesiton as I used to develop specialized racing synthetic oils however not for wet clutch use.
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I use Amsoil 4-stroke Full Synthetic 0w-40. It works to substitute it for 5w-30, 5w-40 and 10w-40 oil. Because it is synthetic, it offers protection down to -30 degrees F during the winter. The best (in my opinion) all season Oil you can buy.
just my thought I have a2013 foreman I have used gn4 10 40wt but have switched to vavoline 10 40 for 4 strokes had as many miles as gn4 seems the valvolene came out pretty clean plus its about 1.25 qt cheaper at least here in Pittsburgh any way if you decide to go synthetic remember don't mix brands and don't go back and forth stay with one cause synthetic has a high amt of detergents which causes foam and in time will cause slippage if it dnt come with synthetic don't waste money go with a good brand sae oil for wet clutches hope this helps
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Download your service manual and it will tell you what weight oil to use under your driving conditions. Personally I reccomend using the GN4 for break in, then switch over to a full synthetic such as Mobil1. Esp if you are in the south and ride during the hotter weather.

But whatever you do make SURE the oil you choose has the right JASO ratings for motorcycles and wet clutches.

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Shell Rotella T6, awesome oil. Walmart has for around $21 a gallon and they do a $5 rebate several times a year. I run it in all my stuff.

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