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Motorcycle Oils Compared – Video


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Another video related to the Motorcycle Oil Comparison Amsoil has conducted.

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The second edition of the AMSOIL “Study of Motorcycle Oils” (part # G2156) is now available. See how 32 of the top selling motorcycle oils compare in the most critical areas of motorcycle performance. This no-frills study was designed to help consumers make informed decisions when selecting motorcycle oils. There is no hype, no sales pitch, just facts. Never before has so much information on motorcycle oils been delivered in one easy-to-understand source.

See for yourself how the full range of the most popular motorcycle oils stand up to the hot-running, hard-pounding, high RPM conditions of motorcycle applications. This complete battery of tests includes wear protection, rust protection, oxidation stability and more. Click the image above to download the PDF document you can read at your leisure.


Automobile Detailing For Beginners: How To Wash Using Auto Exterior Detailing Products

I have been surprised to find the number of people that do not know how to wash their car, and thought that it might be useful to write this “how to”. This process is the first step to excellent auto exterior detailing.

Selecting the right soap is very important. First and foremost: Don’t use dish washing liquid! Dish soap is very harsh and was not designed to be used on the automotive painted finishes. Understanding this alone will start you on your way of becoming a car detailing products expert and knowing your away around auto detailing products. I personally use Maguire’s automotive exterior detailing products and you will never get criticism for using them. Of course everyone has their preferences and opinions on which ones are the best, but this primer is to give you a great start. These products are easily found at your local automotive.

While you are there, make sure you pick up a wash glove or good microfiber sponge. You are going to use this tool of the trade over and over, so don’t skimp too much on this purchase. Using an old rag is a sure fire way of scratching your paint. Just because you don’t see the deeper “gouges” that you may be putting into your paint, you are definitely at least putting in micro scratches. Looking at the side of your vehicle at an angle on a sunny day may make you a believer!

Now that you have soaped it up real good, next is a good rinse. Of course, the higher the pressure the better. If you are using low pressure, just make sure you flood the all of the surfaces real well. Do the top surfaces first, since all the dirt is flowing downhill!

The next step can be skipped if you like, but this will make you look as if you know your way around car detailing products if you put in the effort! This product is called a “clay bar”. Yes clay – like you used in art class as a kid? It is mildly abrasive that lifts the on to your vehicle and then you start wiping back and forth over the contaminated area. Mash up the patty often and reform it, taking the larger chunks you see in the clay with a pair of tweezers.

Get your soap out and rewash. Now, time to dry the your sparkling car. When you are purchasing your car washing products, add to the list one of three things: a microfiber drying towel, a synthetic chamois, or what is called a water blade (a soft rubber squeegee designed to be use on painted surfaces). Do this in the shade if you can. It keeps the water from evaporating off your car and leaving water marks.

Some of the car washes you purchase already have a mild wax in it. If your does, than the rubbing action of the drying step will bring out the shine. If yours does not, then you will have to move on to the waxing step which is a whole another process, but is necessary if you want to get that truly professional detailing look, and we will have to go into that in another article!


Synthetic Motorcycle Oil in Harley Davidson

Synthetics and Harley Davidson bikes is a topic of much discussion. Harley, like most auto manufacturing companies, refused to accept synthetics for years. It was only recently that HD, the last remaining American manufacturer to still ostracize synthetic oil, finally came out with their own synthetic. So, the company that refused to accept synthetics for 100 years finally has their own; SYN3.

Buy your bike from a good, quality bike manufacturer. Buy your oil from a good, quality, synthetic oil manufacturer. If you want to know the facts regarding motorcycle oil, please take a few minutes to view the online presentation "A Study Of Motorcycle Oil". This motorcycle oil presentation is exhaustive, and provides good third party information. The new Harley Davidson Syn3 has now been tested as well. It didn’t do so well.

Amsoil 20W-50 Motorcycle oil vs. Screamin' Eagle Syn3

Harley Davidson warranty and Amsoil

I’m sure you’ve heard the debate about synthetic oil impacting your warranty. It’s illegal for a manufacturer to void a warranty based on the brand of oil used. It’s called the Magnusson Moss Act. You can read it here, as well as the Amsoil warranty on oil and filters. Basically, manufacturers cannot specify a BRAND of oil, as long as the oil meets specifications.

You still read a lot of misinformation, but now you have access to the facts. For example, in 2007 the Harley Davidson Enthusiast magazine, which I subscribe to, had this question from a reader. “Would I void the warranty if this lubricant is not specified in the H-D owner’s manual?”

The editor’s answer; “SYN3 is the only synthetic motor oil that does not impact your 24-month, unlimited-mile factory warranty.” Of course, this is NOT TRUE. The next issue of the magazine, they had received dozens of replies objecting, and even a reply from Dean Alexander, VP  at Amsoil. The Enthusiast clarified the issue in an interview with the Lubricants Category Manager at Harley, Mr. Larry Gutjahr.  “No, that’s not true. We cannot and would not void a warranty for use of another brand of oil." Larry Gutjahr, P&A Lubricants Category Manager, Harley-Davidson.

There have been millions of miles put on Harley Davidson motorcycles using Amsoil. Any remaining concerns should be resolved by reviewing the test information mentioned here, as well as the warranty information. Amsoil is also now the official Harley oil of Sturgis, and Daytona Bike week, so the tide is turning. Amsoil is also the oil sponsor of the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike race at Daytona, for those who don’t hate sportbikes.

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Harley Davidson oil product selection

To access the online product selector please check the Amsoil product selector. This will help determine the correct air filter, oil filter and synthetic oil for most motorcycles including; Harley, Buell, all the Asian bikes, Aprila, KTM, Ducati, Cagiva, Indian, Moto Guzzi, BMW, BSA as well as snowmobiles, ATVs and watercraft.

AMSOIL has synthetic oil products that riders have been using in v-twins for years. Amsoil also manufacturers chrome oil filters for your Harley needs. There are two basic approaches to running AMSOIL synthetic in a big twin. One oil meets the specs for all three uses;

SAE 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil (MCV)
High Performance Lubricant for Engines, Transmissions and Primary Chaincases

Some riders prefer to match the oil weights to the different needs. These riders usually go with something like this; 20W-50 oil in the crankcase, AMSOIL synthetic 10W-40 oil in the primary chaincase, and AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Lube in the transmission.

Personally, I run the 20w-50 in all three cases, and it’s been working great. This year I rode through Dragon’s Tail, all over Arkansas, and local riding as well.

Amsoil Synthetic Oil also offers a synthetic 2-stroke oil, as well as a full line of Harley Davison oil filters in both black and chrome.

AMSOIL Synthetic 20W-50 Motorcycle Oil (MCV) is a premium oil designed for those who demand the absolute best lubrication for their motorcycles. AMSOIL MCV is the result of extensive research, and it is specially formulated to excel in all areas unique to motorcycles, including high temperatures of air-cooled engines such as Harley Davidson® V-Twin, wet clutch lubrication, extreme pressure regions of gears and chains and rust common to short trips and storage.

Reduces Friction, Heat and Wear
In high heat conditions, engine protection is not sacrificed with AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil. It has exceptional
high-temperature film strength and contains a heavy treatment of anti-wear additives to reduce wear regardless of the
operating conditions. AMSOIL 20W-50 Motorcycle Oil is thermally (heat) stable and contains maximum levels of oxidation inhibitor additives. It is extremely resistant to breakdown and engineered to prevent damaging sludge and
carbon de-posits for superior engine cleanliness.

Provides Extreme Pressure Quality Protection for Gears and Chains
With AMSOIL MCV, there is no need for separate transmission or primary chaincase lubricants. It is absolutely shear stable and will not thin out from mechanical activity. AMSOIL MCV performs like a gear lube without the negative effects of extreme pressure additives. In the FZG gear test, AMSOIL MCV achieved a perfect score with a “zero” wear rating (see photo below).

FZG Gear Test (ASTM D-5182)

Pass Example: AMSOIL MCV
Passed Stage 13, Total Wear 0 mm

Failure Example: Lucas High Performance
Passed Stage 11, Failed Stage 12,
Total Wear in Stage 12, 160 mm

Amsoil MCV superior rust protection

Lucas High Performance failure

Delivers Superior Rust Protection
Motorcycles are prone to rust from storage, humidity and short drives. Rust can cause major damage such as roller bearing failure, uncontrolled wear, compression loss and blow-by. Good rust protection, however, comes by design and is not natural to engine oils. Unlike many motorcycle oils, AMSOIL MCV contains special anti-rust agents. It passes the ASTM D-1748 humidity cabinet rust test and clearly demonstrates superior rust protection (see photos below).

Rust Test ASTM D-1748

Pass Example:

Fail Example
Castrol V-Twin

Amsoil MCV passed rust test

Castrol V-Twin failed rust test

Amsoil MCV passed rust test

Castrol V-Twin failed rust test

Provides Excellent Wet Clutch Performance
AMSOIL MCV contains no friction modifiers and promotes smooth shifting and positive clutch engagement. AMSOIL MCV controls heat and prevents slippage and glazing, and its high TBN resists acids that can degrade clutch material, helping improve clutch life.

Amsoil MCV Shear Stability

AMSOIL Synthetic 20W-50 Motorcycle Oil is recommended for air or liquid cooled 4-stroke engines. It meets SAE 90, API GL-1 gear oil requirements and is recommended for transmissions and primary chaincases. AMSOIL MCV is recommended for Harley Davidson®, Buell®, KTM, Ducati®, Aprilia®, BMW®, Triumph® and other motorcycles where 15W-50 or 20W-50 engine oils or SAE 90, GL-1 gear oils are used. Not recommended where an API GL-4 or GL-5 gear oil is required.

AMSOIL Synthetic 20W-50 Motorcycle Oil is compatible with conventional and synthetic motor oils; however, mixing oils may shorten the oil life expectancy and reduce the performance benefits. AMSOIL does not support extended drain intervals where oils have been mixed.

Aftermarket oil additives are not recommended for use with AMSOIL motorcycle oil.

Recommended for use up to twice the motorcycle manufacturer change interval (miles/hours) or one year, whichever comes first, in engines, transmissions and primary chaincases. For Big Twin Harley-Davidson transmissions only, follow the Harley-Davidson recommended drain interval for synthetic oil of up to 20,000 miles or one year, whichever comes first. When using an engine filter other than AMSOIL Ea, change the filter at standard intervals.

For off-road use, change AMSOIL MCV at motorcycle manufacturer intervals.

Racing or modified engines are excluded from extended drain interval recommendations. Oil changes are at the owner’s discretion.


SAE 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil (MCV)

Kinematic Viscosity @ 100°C, cSt (ASTM D-445)


Kinematic Viscosity @ 40°C, cSt (ASTM D-445)


Viscosity Index (ASTM D-2270)


Pour Point °C (°F) (ASTM D-97)

-39 (-38)

Flash Point °C (°F) (ASTM D-92)
240 (464)

High Temperature/High Shear Viscosity @ 150°C , 1.0 x 106 s-1 (ASTM D 4683), cP

Four Ball Wear Test (ASTM D-4172 @ 40 kgf, 150°C, 1800 rpm, 1 hour), Scar in mm

FZG (ASTM D-5182), Load Stage Pass (Wear in mm)
13 (0mm)

Noack Volatility, % weight loss (g/100g) (ASTM D-5800)


Foam (ASTM D-892, Sequence I, II & III)

Shear Stability Kurt Orbahn (ASTM D-6278), % viscosity change 120 cycles

Rust Test – Humidity Cabinet (ASTM D-1748)
No Rust, Pass

Total Base Number



Here are my bikes;

Amsoil Harley Davidson oil runs this Dyna

Dyna, at Deal’s Gap. Limited edition "Blade" radical paint; 1 of only 200 made. this is a 100 year anniversary HD. Of course, it’s running AMSOIL.

Amsoil Harley Davidson oil runs this Dyna

2008 Nightster with Vance and Hines "short shots" and forward controls. With the 2003 "100 anniversary" Dyna, somewhere in Arkansas. Nightster has fuel injection and the chip has been flashed to support the Short Shots. Here is a close up of the Short Shots on a Sportster, from the V&H site (below).

Short Shots from Vance and Hines - detail with forward controls. Amsoil runs this bike.

V&H Short Shots on a Nightster.

Amsoil runs this Keith Black gutted big bore kit 83 hp Sportster.

88 Dyno certified HP. Looks good, runs like a bat, not too comfortable. I paid attention to the all Harley drags in KC, and I think this bike could have took the Sportster division. There was one other contender in KC while we owned this bike. Sold it to someone in Springfield, MO. The 2 into 1 Vance and Hines pipe sounded CRAZY. We rode with about 15 bikes, from Ducati’s  and BMW’s to Indians and HD’s and when we pulled in for gas, everyone came over to look at this bike ’cause of the nasty sounds it was singin’. This bike was built and owned by Cody at St. Joseph Harley Davidson. St. Joe HD is my favorite, great dealer and great service operation. Not like some others I won’t name in KC. …. but if you want to know, email me.

Big bore kit, Keith Black high top pistons and rods, all the cheesecake. Carb, not injected.



AMSOIL Events Update: AMSOIL-lubed Matrix Takes First Place at T.O.R.C. Event

AMSOIL-lubed Matrix Takes First Place at T.O.R.C. Event

Ron De Guzman has a true passion for cars and a penchant for taking as much time as needed to create the modifications he envisions for every aspect of his ride. His 2003 Supercharged Toyota Matrix TRD took years of tweaks and modifications to reach the end result it is today. From 12 hour grinds to falling asleep underneath the car, De Guzman puts everything he’s got into finishing what he started.

De Guzman approached AMSOIL back in 2007 as he was preparing his Matrix for SEMA. Toyota was introducing the new body style of the Matrix and looking for the best four in the country when they found this one. They approached De Guzman, took his ride to Las Vegas on a trailer and set him up as a featured vehicle in the Toyota booth. This opened many doors for future opportunities and while at SEMA, Ron met with a representative from the respected and established Los Angeles-based custom auto body shop DONLYSON. It was here that Ron was introduced to the possibility of turning the Matrix into a custom wide body, and he decided to go for it.

It took 2 ½ years to complete the DONLYSON wide-body customization, 4 months to build the DPE wheels, 3-time graphic redesign, plus innumerable aftermarket mods%

via AMSOIL Events Update: AMSOIL-lubed Matrix Takes First Place at T.O.R.C. Event.


Trendy Car And Truck Accessories For The Young And Old

When we speak of Car and Truck Accessories, we are referencing in general anything that you add to your car or truck after you make the initial purchase and drive it off the lot.There are many people out there that think car accessories are just automobile parts from their local tune up shop, but it goes way beyond that, as the car accessory culture can attest to.

if you’d like your car to be conservative and just blend in with the other cars on your commute, that is one thing not everyone wants. Some people just love to add the variations of auto accessories to their cars so that they can be different and stand out in a crowd.

If you hear some teenagers speaking about how something is “tricked out”, they are most likely talking about a heavily modified car that they think is pretty cool. If you are someone that likes to feel that you are riding in the clouds, you could get a lift kit for your car or truck. Or, you could slam it to the ground and be a Lowrider. If you are one who wants your car to have more HP (horsepower), you can get car accessories like a turbo kit.

I love those shiny cool custom hubcaps that spin. Those shiny hubcaps spinning around always make me look twice and wonder what my kids would think if I were sporting a ride like that. Are you aware that it’s actually possible to accessorize your car or truck with technology that makes it possible for the vehicle to parallel park for you if you are terrible at doing that yourself? It’s true! Who doesn’t love Car Accessories?

Another cool car accessory is a GPS. The GPS is amazing, it can even talk and tell you when to take a turn and even let you know that you missed a turn and will plan an alternate route from there. If you are feeling hungry your GPS can tell you where the closest burger joint is, or a Taco Bell if you prefer that.

The most popular car accessory of all time will probably always be a kickin stereo with a sweet pair of speakers. You may need to do a little research to get the right setup for your cars acoustic settings, but in today’s online world of commerce you’ll find some of the coolest stereos ever made for whatever price point you are looking for. They can even come in Surround Sound. It’s possible to spend just a couple hundred dollars or even several thousand dollars just for a few components to get just the right settings. Do you want a multiple disc changer as well? What about a remote for when you are at a cookout blasting your speakers and want to look cool changing the disc from the barbeque?

Trick out your ride with the exterior, interior, or sound system. Or, you can just focus on getting car accessories that will push the performance envelope to the max. It’s up to you to figure out what you want and how you will allocate your money!

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Amsoil Synthetic Oil – Independent Dealer in Kansas City. Serving the entire midwest from Texas to North Dakota

Donaldson P-Series Heavy Duty Filters

Donaldson Filters
AMSOIL is now introducing the P-Series of Donaldson filters to complement the Endurance line. The expanded offering of filtration products features many applications that differ from, and several that coincide with the Endurance line. Donaldson P-Series filters offer premium filtration at a competitive price. AMSOIL now stocks all of Donaldson’s most popular filter applications.

Donaldson P Series | Premium Filters

Donaldson P-Series Lube Filters (order)
Increased engine emissions control and tighter tolerances within the engine require high efficiency filters.

Donaldson P-Series filters are constructed with full synthetic or synthetic blend media for high efficiency. The media is embedded deeper into the sealing plastisol than conventional filters, allowing better sealing longevity. The lube filter can is constructed of heavy gauge steel, with many models having domed tops that provide superior pressure fatigue performance. The center tube allows more flow without compromising strength, and the louvered design eliminates tearing during pleat movement. The can and base plate are I assembled using a fully tucked seam, roll-formed threads, a nitrile sealing gasket and a compression spring holding all the components in place within the filter.

Donaldson P-Series Air Filters (order)
Donaldson air filter media is made up of specially formulated fibers designed to trap contaminants such as dust, dirt and soot before they reach the engine. The media is pleated to maximize the filter surface area and placed between rigid liners to provide stability and. support. A high quality filter seal is applied or built-in to the open end of the filter to prevent dirty air from bypassing the filter. Donaldson has developed an extensive range of air filter media to provide the best engine protection no matter what the operating conditions. For example, using the same particle size contaminant, for every eight grams of dirt passed through a Luber-finer filter, the Donaldson filter passed only two grams.

Coolant Filters (order)
Donaldson coolant filters are designed to maintain the proper chemical balance and reduce contaminants in the engine cooling system. AMSOIL offers a complete line of Donaldson filters with supplemental coolant additive (SCA) technology for the majority of heavy-duty diesel engines service requirements. SCA’s are chemicals in the filter that are released into the coolant as it passes through. SCA’s help resist corrosion and cavitation in the engine (Note: Although there is no need for SCA’s when using AMSOIL Antifreeze & Coolant, the use of Donaldson Heavy Duty Filters along with AMSOIL Antifreeze & Coolant will not affect performance.). The heavy-duty construction works in a wide variety of operating environments. Donaldson filters feature heavy-duty thread plates, seals designed for extreme cold and heat, durable filter media and a unique center tube that increases flow and adds structural strength.

Fuel Filters (order)
Today’s engines are built to more stringent specifications and finer tolerances. Fuel systems, pumps and injectors require cleaner fuel to achieve better combustion and lower emissions. AMSOIL carries Donaldson’s full line of replacement fuel filters, featuring the latest advances in filter media that makes the difference between engine power and engine problems.

Hydraulic Filters (order)
Donaldson also develops, manufactures, and markets a full line of hydraulic filters for the protection of machinery and components in hundreds of applications—in the factory and on heavy duty-mobile equipment. In fact, Donaldson is considered the world leader in hydraulic filtration.

For an Application guide refer to the Off Highway and Heavy Duty Truck Application Lookup.


AMSOIL offers the Injen/AMSOIL Power-Flow Diesel Air Intake series with revolutionary Variable Induction Technology.

Intake System Design
Air intake systems serve several important functions. Primarily, they are used to increase the amount of oxygen available to the engine and reduce air turbulence increasing power. Because cool air has greater density than hot air, aftermarket intakes improve combustion of fuel by capturing cooler air from outside the engine compartment. In addition, an aftermarket air intake system increases the diameter of the intake as compared to the original equipment, increasing air flow into the engine and making more oxygen available during the combustion process.

By designing a more direct route for the air entering the engine, as well as a smoother interior surface for the intake, air resistance is reduced and air flow is increased. To protect the engine from damaging dirt, cold air intakes are also equipped with filters. Air intake systems can improve gas mileage and increase performance, and they also add a sleek, custom look to a vehicle.


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Donaldson Endurance Oil Filters

Donaldson Endurance™ Oil Filters

Endurance Cross Reference

Donaldson Endurance™ Oil Filters
for heavy duty applications

Engine Protection Filters Drive Costs Down

Donaldson Endurance lube filters are made using exclusive advanced synthetic media technologies. Synthetic media technology delivers cost saving benefits with:
• Extended Service Life • Greater engine protection to prolong engine and equipment life • Improved lubricant flow • Improved cold start performance • Reduced operating costs • Can be used beyond OEM drain intervals

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Donaldson Endurance™ oil filters are made with premium advanced synthetic media technology that results in fibers that have a controlled size, shape and smaller fiber diameter.

The controlled media manufacturing process allows Donaldson Endurance™ oil filters to deliver both higher dirt holding capacity at the same pressure differential and higher efficiency compared to conventional cellulose filters. The synthetic media also has better durability with usage.

Throughout the service life of a cellulose filter, hot oil will degrade the resins that bind the media. The synthetic media technology uses a wire screen backing pleated with the media, resulting in superior strength.

Donaldson Endurance™ oil filters offer extended service intervals, greater engine protection to prolong engine and equipment life, improved lubricant flow, improved cold start performance and lower operating costs.

Donaldson Endurance™ Oil Filters
With Nanofiber vs. Conventional Cellulose

Small, consistent synthetic fibers trap smaller particles and hold more contaminants, resulting in lower restriction.

Cellulose fibers are inconsistent in size and shape, allowing more contaminants to pass through, resulting in higher restriction and lower capacity.

Red circle represents the diameter of a 20 micron particle.


MANN-FILTER – Oil, Air, Fuel and Cabin Air Filters

MANN-FILTER – Oil, Air, Fuel and Cabin Air Filters

AMSOIL has added a new supplemental partner in filtration. MANN-FILTER, with its U.S. headquarters in Portage, Mich., is the world’s largest filter company and a worldwide leader in auto, light truck, heavy duty, motorcycle and off-road filtration products. These are the filters used by BMW, and Amsoil sells them much cheaper than most BMW Dealers do.


MANN-FILTER specializes in European vehicles and provides AMSOIL Dealers and customers a greater breadth of products for vehicles like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Porsche, Volvo and Jaguar. They also build select filters for Ford, GM and Chrysler.

History of Mann+Hummel
Founded in 1941, MANN+HUMMEL develops and manufactures automotive components such as air filter systems, intake manifold systems, liquid systems and cabin air filters for the original equipment (OE) automotive industry and aftermarket filter elements for vehicle servicing and repair. MANN-FILTER products are known for high quality and high delivery capability and a product range that covers more than 95 percent of European models and a select group of U.S. and Asian models in the North American market.

Oil filters from MANN-FILTER purify oil of dirt and solid particles such as dust, abraded metal, carbon deposits and soot particles. The filter housing is pressure-resistant, protected against corrosion and features a long-life elastomer seal. They are low flow resistant for fast lubrication of the engine and come in three different shapes to adjust to different requirements: oil filter elements, spin-on oil filters and oil filters for use in transmission systems.
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