Spectro Answers Your New Questions Regarding Lubrification

SpectroOilsMotorcycle oils are specifically designed for motorcycle engines. The challenging lubrication requirements of motorcycles get some of you confused. Spectro Lubricants answers a couple of your new questions.

Question. At what oil operating temperature will your Heavy Duty Platinum 20w50 synthetic oil start breaking down?

Spectro HD Platinum 20w50 won’t start to break down until at least 300º – F, we recommend oil operating temperatures between 180º F and 270º F for longest engine and oil life.

Question. Can I use your Spectro Platinum 10w60 in my Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide motorcycle?

Answer.  Our first choice would be Spectro’s HD 20w50, however under some circumstances a 10w60 may serve as a better lubricant for the engine. Under conditions of extreme cold, a 10w60 would offer better starting performance, faster oil pressure and in the case of high heat more film strength.

Question. Is it a good idea to go from FULL synthetic to SEMI synthetic? I  use Amsoil full synthetic. My mechanic (and very good friend) says he recommends Spectro Golden 4 semi-synthetic. I trust him but, could you give me a reason/or reasons why he may be right? He has used Spectro Golden 4 semi-synthetic for years and he highly recommends it in my bike. Is it a good idea?

Answer. Spectro Golden (semi synthetic) is a very robust formula that often out performs other full synthetics at a better price. It’s a blend of the best mineral oil (our Spectro 4) and our Synthetic (Spectro platinum 4 100% PAO synthetic) at a 30/70 mix. Many semi synthetics have a small amount of synthetic stocks in them (less than 10%), there is no standard or rule says how much synthetic needs to be used in the blend. There is no issue with switching from full synthetic to semi or mineral oil. It’s a “wives tale” that refuses to die, and has no basis in science or real world engine performance. All Spectro oils are “batch blended”, much in the same way as craft brewed beer is made. It’s a slower and more expensive process, but yields a better and more consistent finished product. To my knowledge, we are the last blender to still use this process. We also use generous amounts of zinc (zddp) and phosphorus in our blends, these are the best anti wear additives money can buy and help engines last significantly longer. Since 1966 we’ve produced some of the world’s best lubricants, and will never compromise quality.



8 Responses to “Spectro Answers Your New Questions Regarding Lubrification”

  1. 1 PJ Hyland Oct 11th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    While it’s become fashionable, in far-right ranting, to promote an anti-government position, there is a definite need for regulatory bodies in society. Until I can find out the list of additives and their amounts, present in motor oil, I can’t make an informed decision. I submit that anyone could become a motor oil expert in about 10 minutes if he could get information about which additives performed which functions and what amounts of each one would benefit his particular motor most effectively.

    Thanks to government oversight food purveyors must list the ingredients present in food products. Why can’t a government agency require producers of motor oil to do the same.

    Have you ever seen an ad for motor oil that didn’t claim that the brand in question was the best? Aren’t you tired of the exaggerated claims.

    One more thing; I find it hard to believe that there is no technology extant that will inexpensively test used oil to determine if it needs to be changed. The person who develops and markets a litmus strip- style test or some type of hygrometer based implement, to deal with this issue, will make a fortune. I Know I would stand in a long line to buy such a device.

  2. 2 Rob Oct 11th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    And you can send your oil sample to Blackstone Labs for analysis, it’s not that costly……

  3. 3 JackS Oct 12th, 2013 at 6:40 am

    The majority of my riding on my 96″ FLHX consists of 750+ mile days @ 80+ mph in stifling heat (you gotta love Texas and the southwest). So, I take choosing the right lubricants for my bikes seriously. Yet, I find oil selection baffling. Everyone seems to swear by one brand or another. I’ve seen the charts, read the web sites, and listened intently to various mechanics. Honestly, I really don’t know what to believe and would love to be able to make an informed decision based on unbiased data.

  4. 4 ROGUE Oct 12th, 2013 at 7:14 am

    For what it is worth I have been using Spectro Semi Synthetic 20-50 for some time now and am Very Pleased with it.
    Because of that I have also started using some of their other products and happy with them as well.
    I suspect that as long as there is more than one oil company there will be comments about which one is the best.
    I have tried numerous lubricants over the years and I Like and Use Spectro.
    I plan on continuing to do that as it works for me.

  5. 5 calif phil Oct 12th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I find the Spectro oils to be an excellent choice. The full synthetic 6 speed transmission fluid is the best I have used and I put in almost all the bikes I service. My customers love it.

  6. 6 Rodent Oct 12th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I agree with PJHylands analizist of dinasour squeezings.

  7. 7 Harleyman Oct 14th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    The name of the game is lubricity which is how many lbs. of pressure per sq. inch can your oil take before it breaks down or fails, normally around 3000 lbs. some a bit more and some less. We have been riding for over six decades and about 15 years ago found a product called PROLONG SUPER LUBRICANT engine treatment, that when used with any oil will exceed over 200,000 lbs. per sq. inch and the engine will run with less friction which by the way also runs cooler, big plus with an air cooled engines.

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