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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-23-2019, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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OEM or AEM Oil?

Some say you should not put anything but genuine Yamaha oil into your Yamaha. Others say a good synthetic will be fine. How about Shell 5W x 30 Fully synthetic for my 2002 Vstar?
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yamaha does not own any oil wells, so there is no genuine Yamaha oil anything, they are (were) selling someone else's oil in their own bottles

if you dont have the owners manual for your bike you can download it for free from the yamaha website (google you bike model and "owners manual" )

the recommended oil weights for a range of temperatures will be in the specfiication section. Most of the Vstar bikes take either 10W30 or 20W40, the latter for hot climates.

Any oil that meets the specs listed in the manual will run your engine for 100k miles with scheduled changes and filters. Using a synthetic oil will push it past that.

At my age I expect both my bikes will still have a long way to go after Im long gone - I only ride about 5000 miles a year... I will be pretty old by the time either bike rolls over 100,000 miles
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Do not use 5-30. Too thin. Here's a good thread.
https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...eferences.html

Owners manual if you don't have one.
https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1...home/7-library

Screen shot from manual.


I use Mobile 1, 20w-50, it gets hot in Houston.
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I used Rotella T6 in my VTX 1300, 128,XXX miles.
The engine died, but not related to an oil problem.

Keep in mind, as KCW said, Yamaha, Honda, Harley, etc, don't own oil wells.
They specify what they want in their oil, and the lowest bidder gets the contract.
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Quote from Bob the Oil Guy:

"Citgo has the contract for YAMALUBE"

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