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Old 07-15-2004, 12:47 PM   #15
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I use Penzoil synthetic, (10W 30), in both of my EU2000i's.


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Old 08-06-2004, 07:17 AM   #16
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My owners manual specifies general use from 0 to 100 degrees use 10/30 spec sj. The first oc is at 20 hrs and the next is after another 50 hours.

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Old 11-29-2004, 01:30 PM   #17
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I read some place that Syn.oil will not work in some motors as in a 4wheeler with the shift gears My .02 make sure first or You test for the rest..JOHN
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Old 11-29-2004, 06:26 PM   #18
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I use whatever I have lying around that's somewhere close to the right viscosity and in sufficient quantity to do both units. That might be Golden Spectro partial synthetic from my Goldwing, Valvoline partial synthetic from the car or maybe Delo 400 that is used in the diesel. I rarely need to start my units in Antarctica or run them in Death Valley at maximum output. These are not racing engines guys. Mine spend 95% of their time at or near idle. They are hardly stressed. Even with the AC running, my guess is they are at about 40-50% of max output. I am careful to change the oil at the recommended time interval as there are no filters in the generators. But, I certainly don't spend any time worrying about what type of oil to put in them. I wouldn't run sewing machine oil or crude oil, but I only buy good oils anyway. Neither synthetic or dino oil is going to be in there long enough to matter if it's changed at 50 hrs. Just one guy's opinion.

"...in a 4wheeler with the shift gears."

I'm not sure what you meant by "four wheeler with shift gears." If you meant 4- wheeled ATVs, then somebody forgot to tell mine. I ran synthetics for 13 years in my Suzuki LT230s as well as a Yamaha Warrior and never had any trouble on that front. I'm using Golden Spectro (semi synthetic) in my new Suzuki Z-400 to cut down on the number of different oils I have to buy. After much testing, I found Golden Spectro to work the best (smooth shifting)in my Goldwing. The quad likes it just fine. On a recommendation from the Honda mechanic, I run Delo 400 in my wife's Honda 250EX. I'm running Delo in the truck, so I have it around anyway.
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Old 01-16-2005, 08:02 AM   #19
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Erich:
Paul: AMSOil has come out with a 0W40 oil for using in things like 4 stroke ATVs, Outboards, Generators, presently I'm using the 10W40, for spring/summmer/fall use, but my next change will be to the 0W40 for both Genny and Outboard <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Mobil 1 also has had a 0W-40 for about a year. I run it in my Cadillac.

For desert running, Mobil also makes a 5W-50 (used in my wife's Grand National).

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Old 01-22-2005, 01:38 PM   #20
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This may raise a few eyebrows, but two Onan technicians on both coasts advised me against using synthetic oils in air cooled engines (my genset is an Onan, not Honda, but the same principle applies). Now, I'm a big proponent of synthetic oils but having been given this info twice by two completely unrelated technicians, I opted to continue using dino oil in my genset. The reason one of them gave was that synthetic oils "tended to make the generator motor run hotter." Go figure....
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