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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-15-2006, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Philosophy on oil changes between track days

I see this all over the board. Some change their oil after each trackday or weekend...others say to wait 8 or 9 trackdays. I'm leaning more towards the 8 or 9, but wanted to see what others do.
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I split the difference...every two weekends or four days.
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Are you using conventional oil or synthetic? I would think that even w/ track days you would be fine w/ 3 month or 3K intervals if using synthetic. However I am not an expert on oil, but I do use the most expensive shit possible

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Non synthetic is what's in there at the moment I believe since it came with fresh oil...but I buy synthetic usually.
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It also depends on how hard you are riding the bike.

A "B" rider might not need to change as often as a fast "A" rider or even worse, a "CR" who is putting TONS of time on that engine.

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Dino .... cheap - Castrol GTX 10w40

4 days ( 2 Weekends ) on the Oil
8 days ( 4 Weekends ) on the Filter


The constant-mesh transmission in a motorcycle crankcase
actually beats the oil to death and causes viscosity breakdown.
After two weekends the oil comes out of the motor like water.

While synthetic *may* arguably be better in bikes for other reasons.....
viscosity breakdown limits the oils ability to protect the moving parts
under extreme loads ( trackday ) and synthetic or dino it all breaks
down pretty quickly at 14,000 RPM's all day long.



Like your motor ? Use cheap oil, change it frequently.

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Dino .... cheap - Castrol GTX 10w40

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does gtx have friction modifiers?
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Yeah, cheap oil and change it all the time, changing the filter isn't quite as important and you don't really need to change the filter every weekend or 2. I just use Shell Rotella T 15/40 dino oil, it's a cheap quality diesel oil and doesn't have any friction modifiers so it works out well enough for my purposes.

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This is the link for Gu's Rotella

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I use Rotella/T as well. You can buy it at WalMart.

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I was planning on using the same as my street bike...the Mobil 1 stuff for bikes and a FRAM filter.

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Dino oil and filter, replaced after every event.

Brake fluid replaced every 4 events.

Inspect entire bike during and after every event.

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Inspect entire bike during and after every event.
Yeah, I wish I were better at that... when I got my bike off the trailer this weekend I did a quick glance at it and noticed that one of my subframe bolts had backed out almost an inch. Then upon inspection, all of them were loose. Glad I caught it before they all fell out though at least.

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I split the difference...every two weekends or four days.
Yup, if you're in A, you most def. need to do it every 4 days. It all depends on how much you abuse your bike, and how hard you ride it.

For a B rider, I'd say every 2-3 track weekends. You may not be riding to fast, but you're still running the end at the top RPM's.

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I change after the fourth track day and the other every other change,

Brake fluid bleed after every weekend.

Blinker fluid once a season

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Blinker Fluid... damn, I keep forgetting to change that.

Also, don't forget to repack your shims every 3-4 weekends.

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oil, i changed mine after every 2 days of track abuse.

oilfilter, every 4 days of track abuse



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My mentality exactly Ken.

Now cancel your damn trip and meet us at Putnam!

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Fuck it .... 3 months or 3k miles .... whichever comes first
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My mentality exactly Ken.

Now cancel your damn trip and meet us at Putnam!

sorry man, this trip has been planned for months.

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I split the difference...every two weekends or four days.
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