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synthetic vs conventional oil

We are often asked — what is the best oil to us?

That’s kind of like asking what’s the best flavor of ice cream. You ask 10 different people and you’d probably get 10 different answers. (For the record, our personal favorite is mint chocolate chip.)

With motor oil, 10 different cars may each have a different oil that is “best”. Determining the best oil for a particular car needs to take into account several factors, such as what type of car it is, how old it is, environmental factors, driving conditions and performance expectations — to name a few.

We’ve found that people are more-or-less comfortable with conventional oils but can be easily overwhelmed when it comes to synthetics. For those considering a switch to synthetic oil or just curious about it, we found this article on the Machinery Lubrication web site that we thought served as a good introduction into synthetic oils.

At IntelliStick it’s not our aim to tell you what oil to use. We want to give you the tools to figure out what oil is best for your purposes. For some of you that will be a synthetic, but they are definitely not for everyone.


One Response to “synthetic vs conventional oil”

  1. AMSOIL Synthetic 20W-50 Motorcycle Oil (MCV) is a premium oil designed for those who demand the absolute best lubrication for their motorcycles. AMSOIL MCV is the result of extensive research, and it is specially formulated to excel in all areas unique to motorcycles, including high temperatures of air-cooled engines such as Harley Davidson® V-Twin, wet clutch lubrication, extreme pressure regions of gears and chains and rust common to short trips and storage. AMSOIL MCV is multi-functional and fulfills the requirements of both domestic and foreign motorcycles. It outperforms other conventional and synthetic motorcycle oil. AMSOIL, the leader in synthetic lubrication, produced the world’s first API qualified synthetic motor oil in 1972. Trust the extensive experience of AMSOIL The First in Synthetics® to do the best job protecting your motorcycle. Reduces Friction, Heat and Wear In high heat conditions, engine protection is not sacrificed with AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil. It has the best high temperature film strength (see High Temperature Viscosity Protection graph below) of all oils tested and contains a heavy treatment of anti-wear additives to reduce wear regardless of the operating conditions (see Wear Comparison graph on reverse). AMSOIL MCV is thermally (heat) stable and contains maximum levels of oxidation inhibitor additives. It is extremely resistant to breakdown and engineered to prevent damaging sludge and carbon deposits for superior engine cleanliness.

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