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mooman
16th March 2011, 22:12
new member ,long time rider. i just picked up a 1983 ironhead. i went over the bike and checked all the fluids,tightened nuts and bolts ,etc,etc. i changed the oil and put in 20-50 weight as thats all the dealer had that was close. can i use that until next oil change or should i get straight 50 wt when it finally gets warm? thank's in advance.

IronHead78
16th March 2011, 22:27
Some guy's on here use it, some use straight 50 and others like myself use 60 while some use 70. IMO I wouldn't use a multi weight oil. Those three letters OIL tend bring out a lot of oppinions.

jharback
16th March 2011, 22:28
As long as you don't mix standard oil and synthetic oils I don't think it really matters that much.

83XLX
16th March 2011, 22:30
I sometimes run 20w50 in mine in the winter, and have had no ill effects over the past 20 years. For warm to hot weather, the old Ironhead will be happier with straight 50wt or 60wt.

sunchild2071
16th March 2011, 23:20
Where do you live at?

Being up North, here, I run 20w50 in the colder seasons, and straight 50 during the peak of our summer.

Bob F
17th March 2011, 00:03
should i get straight 50 wt

20W50 has the properties of straight 50w. It also has the properties of 20w when cold when you start your scoot. IMO a better choice than straight 50w.

mooman
17th March 2011, 00:19
thank's ,i live in Pa. i just wanted to be sure the 20-50 was fine for the cooler weather . i'm planning on going to straight 50 when it warms up.

Bob F
17th March 2011, 00:21
i just wanted to be sure the 20-50 was fine for the cooler weather .

Way better than straight 50w.

i live in Pa.

Me too, where?

Welcome to the XLForum.

mooman
17th March 2011, 00:28
Williamsport,pa

IronMick
17th March 2011, 04:43
20W50 cold weather; straight 50 the rest of the time.

ericfreeman
17th March 2011, 05:32
20W50 cold weather; straight 50 the rest of the time.

+1 Works great during our coldish winters and warm summers.

Eric

Sepixlh
17th March 2011, 06:25
I run whole season with 20W-50, no complains. This morning there was 15F, hope it will be warmer soon there is still 2 feet snow and roads are on ice.

IronMick
17th March 2011, 13:56
... hope it will be warmer soon there is still 2 feet snow and roads are on ice.

Two feet of snow [at least] on the lawns and roadsides, but the roads have not been icy here. I have been able to get out for a ride each of the past 3 days. The colder days were better as there was not so much saltwater on the roads. I did have to hose off the bike when i got home, especially yesterday as it was so warm.

The good times are coming!

83XLX
17th March 2011, 14:06
...The good times are coming!

Coming quick for us in this part of the country...high tomorrow is predicted to be 80 DegF...:tour

I have the day off, and after I take care of some business in the morning, I'm hitting the road with a tank of fresh 50wt (this is an oil thread...:D).

kauffmanstein
17th March 2011, 14:19
Williamsport,pa

You mean frostbite falls, PA?
I have family up there... doesn't stop being rainy/cold/muddy til end of may

cajun1957a
17th March 2011, 14:49
70 wt. here. Ive tried them all and this keeps it from rattleing the best.

randy

mooman
17th March 2011, 14:55
thank's for the help!!! yup ,a high of 50 degrees today ,but the snow and ice is all gone. we just deal with rain and mud till the end of may.

Crosshairs
17th March 2011, 15:00
You mean frostbite falls, PA?
I have family up there... doesn't stop being rainy/cold/muddy til end of may


I'm in Gouldsboro PA ....our 4 seasons are June, July, August and Winter..:)

Ivan RoachCoach
17th March 2011, 16:49
...is GENERALLY hot & humid, it DOES get bitchin' cold in the winters if, like myself, you're down by the seashore.
Even when it's in the 30s-40s, whether I'm going to be riding or not, my '74 still gets cranked over every day with an oil bag full of 60 weight.
No problems whatsoever.

IronMick
17th March 2011, 16:55
I'm in Gouldsboro PA ....our 4 seasons are June, July, August and Winter..:)

Our four seasons are Cold, Rainy, Windy - and occasionally Summer.:)

84bobber
21st March 2011, 02:21
The hd dealer suggested 60wt between 50deg to 90 deg central nj