Think I'm crazy? That was the great advice I got from a guy who owns his own oil company and also happens to ride a ZX12R. He's been riding for a long time and has been using that oil. It will keep your engines clean, running very smoothly, and (in his case) helped extend the necessity for valve adjustments somehow. It lubricates very well and also has very little shearing, send it when after 1000 miles and get an analysis along with a virgin sample and you'll see for yourself.
Give it a try. If you're not satisfied with it the very least that could happen is that you saved a ton of money on oil. Then you can switch back to your expensive synthetic. By the way, many additives in synthetics will actually burn off during heavy summer heat (which causes those funky smells) so be careful. It's best to use petroleum oils because it's all the protection you need and they're 100% compatible with the fossil fuels we use in our bikes.
Don't say, "If you've got an $8000 bike then why not spend the extra on oil?". Well, figure you have your bike for 45k miles - not very uncommon. Say you change your oil every 3000 miles like you probably should. That's 15 oil changes. For each of those oil changes you'll need 4 quarts of oil for the 636 ZX6R. Each quart of an oil like Mobil 1 MX4T 10w-40 costs, on average, $7 a quart (with tax included) and that's a very conservative number in some places. So, you've got 15 oil changes, 60 bottles of oil, and over $420 spent on oil - add in the cost of oil filters and it'll really add up. I don't know about you guys, but if an oil gets the job done and exceeds the needs of the engine and tranny then save yourselves the pennies to buy new gear or something.
It's controversial but it's also just a thought - one that came from a guy who owns his own oil company.
I went to Kragens auto parts store (same as Checkers auto parts or schucks)the other day and found a fram motorcycle filter for the ZX636 for under $6. Its part number is 6017A. I found it better than the Kawi Filter because the gasket is much thicker that you only need to hand tighten it. The Kawi filters gasket is thin, that the manual says you must torque the filter on to get a good seal. The base of the kawi filter (outer metal edge near rubber gasket) touches the metal part where it screws on too. Im thinking after several oil changes, the kawi filter would put some serious scratches on the part where the filter attaches too. The Fram filters gasket is thick enough that it doesnt touch. Just my $.02.
How good is the FRAM filter? Have you had it tested or have you cut it open yet? How much do you guys pay for the OEM filter? I changed my ZX6R's oil yesterday and the damn filter cost $14.88!!! That's for the 2003 636, by the way. What a damn rip off.
wow, I did read that article. Makes me wonder if I want to keep that fram filter in there. Im still not up too using Kawi's filter because of the gasket and price. Does anyone know what the part number is for the Emgo filter is?
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