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Morning everyone;
I recently bought a 1988 Yamaha V-Max in almost mint condition. I have 1 question to ask though.
It is in need of an oil change, and I have never done this before on a bike, I was wondering what type of oil to use?
Im looking for just something conventional something I can just run to AutoZone to get.
I was told 20w-50 and I just wanted to double check.
Thanks
Flappz
 

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Oh goody. An oil thread.

First off you need to get motorcycle specific oil or a suitable replacement. Most automotive oils do not have the additives needed in motorcycles. But you can get oils at Autozone. Mobil1 15-50 or RotellaT 15-40 work well in motorcycles. I've been using both of those for years with good results.

Other people here are going to argue about this and give different recommendations. Ignore them all because they are all wrong.
 

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Use motorcycle specific oil unless you are using synthetic. If you go with synthetic, you can use Mobil 1 15-50. I think it has a gray cap now. If not, use any brand motorcycle oil available.
 

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The reason you use motorcycle-specific oil, by the way, is because the oil is shared by the engine and the transmission. All those gears shred oil molecules, so motorcycle oil is formulated to handle it.
 

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You're all wrong, Mobil 1 MX4T 10W40 is what you want to use in a modern 4 cyl. If you don't want to use full synthetic then do like Seruzawa said and use either Rotella T 15W40 or Chevron Delo 15W40 both are diesel oils and formulated for 100K oil changes on turbo diesels, Sadly Seruzawa is incorrect you can't buy them at Autozone, you have to venture in that Satans pit of capitolist degeneracey "Wal*Mart" to get it....be sure to bath and launder you clothing as soon as possible afterwards to get the stench of moral decay off you.
 

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The last V-max I owned I used Yamalube 20w50 for the life of the ownership and never had an issue. Opinion on blends- good luck here. I'd hit the Vmax owners sites. Otherwise, I have a suggestion that is completely unrelated- ditch the air adjustable fork inners for a traxxion-dynamics set-up and buy a fork brace. Switch the rear shocks for Works or Penske. If you spend a few dollars on those items you will have a much better behaved motorcycle.
 

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Git yerself some Pep Boys "Pure as Gold" reclaimed oil. It's been tested tough by the Studebakers and Hudsons they squeezed the stuff out of, and if it's good enough for a Packard Hawk it'll be good enough fer yer VMac Daddy.
 
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