Recent content by SDGolden

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    Havoline Pro DS Smart Change $10

    Found my local Walmart clearancing Havoline Pro DS smart change boxes for $10 each. It was SP rated. They only had one box of 5w30 left. Not sure if all stores are clearancing but might be worth a look!
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    2021 Mobil 1 Rebate?

    Just picked up 2 Extended Performance High Mileage 5w30 on rollback for $24.37 each from Walmart. Under 2 bucks per quart if the rebate gets approved 👍
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    Hype behind Shell Rotella T6?

    I've been using Rotella in metric bikes for 12 years. Honda CBR 600 F4i, CBR1000rr, and a Yamaha FZ1. I've noticed the t4 15w-40 seems to shift better in the bikes I've had than the t6 5w-40, but have put a ton of miles on with Rotella in the sump and it's all I will use.
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    Bass Pro Shops 4 stroke oil

    Does anyone have any experience using the Bass Pro Shops 4 stroke outboard oil? I realize it's non-synthetic, but it appears to be FCW certified and is priced at $10 per gallon on sale (less than 1 quart of Yamalube). Is the stuff any good, or does the old adage of "if it sounds too good to...
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    Quaker state ultimate durability in a 2.0 EcoBoost?

    I've been using it in my 3.5 EcoBoost for 3 years, I'm a fan. It's one of the quieter oils I've used in my EcoBoost. Menards used to have it on sale for $3 per quart after rebate a few times a year and i stocked up.
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    Frequent oil changes cause more wear?!

    While I agree with everything you stated, I think Ford's cam phaser issues are a design flaw more than anything. Mine failed at 14k with the first oil change at 1,250 miles and every oil change at 5k or less (with full synthetic) there after. The pickup had 4 oil changes by 14k and the phasers...
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    LSPI - Do we have the “Solution”, or it is still a project in the making?

    I wish it was only $2-3 per full up for 91 octane. They get an additional $.60 - .70 per gallon here, with a 36 gallon tank that adds up quick.
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    Any other short changers out there?

    Growing up my dad insisted that oil is cheap, engines are not. He always changed at 2,000 miles when I was a kid, and his pickup to this day is spotless under the oil cap and valve covers - no varnish on anything inside. Before switching careers, I was an auto tech around the time manufacturers...
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    LSPI - Do we have the “Solution”, or it is still a project in the making?

    This. I ran ethanol free 91 octane exclusively when it was 10-15 cents more per gallon. But at the current 60 cents per gallon increase where I live, it doesn't pencil out compared to 87, unless I'm towing.
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    Yamaha SHO Oil

    Mostly I feel Yamalube is premium price for average protection. Full disclosure: I have no UOA or VOAs to base my opinion on, just observations of OEM branded fluids. I'm not one of the Amsoil fanboys, but I do think they make good products, and I can purchase full synthetic Amsoil for the same...
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    Yamaha SHO Oil

    I ultimately decided to go with Amsoil at least through the warranty period. However, I never did the 20 hour post break-in oil change as there were issues with the hull so Skeeter decided in August to replace the whole package under warranty. Due to circumstances, I'm just scheduled to take...
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    2008 Liberty OLM Update.

    I agree with this. My F150 has an engine hour timer for total hours and engine idle hours (~11% for me) as well as a timer and mpg average for both trip 1 and 2. I always use one of the trips as the counter for the oil change, and change when my OLM hits 30%. I fall in the severe service...
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    Used oil used in new motor oil

    In my area, it was a dollar more per quart than regular valvoline. While I was a skeptic to begin with, I soon understood that it was a higher quality initial product than crude. ....still wasn't paying more for it than "regular" oil.