Any one a dino oil in a Sportsman

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My father got a new Sporstman in November it calls for Synthetic. I have been using Valvoline ATV oil for the last 3 years in my Suzuki Eiger its Dino oil with no complaints. What would you do with the Polaris keep the synthetic in??
 
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I have a letter from Shell claiming that Rotella triple protection is wet clutch safe and ok for atv's. I've been using that in all my atv's for years. Rotella T 15w-40. Unless for some specific reason you HAVE to use synthetic, I would continue with the Valvoline ATV, or switch to Rotella.
 
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you don't need that crazy priced MC oil Rotella 15w40 will do fine or M1's 10w40HM or 15w50,lots of good oils out there that work in wet clutch applications,try a search. i run M1's 15w50 silvercap in my yamaha warrior,it loves the stuff. i like a syn in that because it runs so [censored] hot.
 
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Polaris doesn't use a wet clutch. It is belt drive. Rotella may be a fine oil and I have used it in motorcycles with good results, but Polaris calls for a 0W40 which is a little different than 15W40. Depending on how much you drive you are talking a difference of $10-20 a year between synthetic and Rotella (2 quart capacity). If you can't afford that, then you shouldn't have bought the 4-wheeler in the first place. If you are really pinching pennies, I'm sure it will not hurt the engine, but a 0W40 should flow and get to the top-end quicker than 15W40, especially in cold weather.
 
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It is belt drive.
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no, its Chain drive
A Polaris Sportsman is not chain drive. They are a CVT Belt Drive. Unless you are talking about the 1st ones in the early 90's that were 2 stroke.
 
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And even the first ones were belt drive as for the clutch. The final drive was chain drive, then later ones shaft.
 
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As far as I know Polaris made 2 atvs that weren't CVT, the 325 and 425 Expeditions. They were manual shift 5 speeds and they only made them a couple years.
 

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This Polaris Sportsman is an 08 or 09 its only a few months old. Yeah I will keep the synthetic in it. I had a 2001 expedition it was a 5 speed with no clutch. The bike was ok I like my EIGER much better.
 
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I agree with Tmorris1, if you can afford to buy a ATV then you can afford to buy synthetic. A friend recently switched his Harley to Amsoil. It was pointed out to him that how he complained about a few extra dollars for oil but would spend a $100. for a little piece of chrome and think nothing about it. Another example, I drink Pepsi when I could buy generic cola for a lot less. Pepsi all the way!
 
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LTH, Another consideration for your Polaris oil choice is the visc. that is specified, 0W-40. You can only find this in a synthetic. While a 15W-40 will probably be fine for summer, I wouldn't run it up North during the winter months. FWIW, I usually run Rotella T 5W-40 in mine.
 
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 Originally Posted By: tmorris1
If you are really pinching pennies, I'm sure it will not hurt the engine, but a 0W40 should flow and get to the top-end quicker than 15W40, especially in cold weather.
He's in Louisiana, not East Polar Bear MN. He's better of with a 15W-40 than you are with a 0W-40
 
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