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Old 04-25-2010, 04:05 PM   #16
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:44 PM   #17
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.....I dunno... I'd be really careful there. I put 80/90 in my airhead and a year later, the diode board went bad.
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:18 PM   #18
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Red Line Shockproof Heavy

This stuff pours out like a strawberry milkshake. It is amazing how it coats and clings to the gears. It's expensive, but it's good oil and you only need a couple quarts to do the trans and final drive on an airhead so I think it's worth the price.
ditto, I've been using the redline lately and the bike seems to shift smoother. Pretty amazing stuff.
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:43 PM   #19
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Hi,
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Originally Posted by Sox Fan
Anyone know the meaning of the term "hypoid"?
It refers to the shape of the teeth in the final drive. Citing Wikipedia: "Special gear oils are required for hypoid gears because the sliding action requires effective lubrication under extreme pressure between the teeth."

... and from the related Wikipedia article on gear oils:

"API GL-4, oils for various conditions - light to heavy. {...}
API GL-5, oils for severe conditions. {...}"
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Found some 80w90 GL5 API gear oil at the local auto parts store.
That fits. API GL5 is Hypoid oil.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:34 AM   #20
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:13 AM   #21
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Can you believe 2 pages about airhead gear oil??
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:45 AM   #22
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Can you believe 2 pages about airhead gear oil??
I know. I would've thought we'd make it to at least 4 by now.
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:22 AM   #23
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[quote=Sox Fan]Believe it or not, my 34 year old motorcycle didn't come with an owner's manual.[quote]

Mine didn't either, but when I finally read one it answered a lot of my questions.

Manual

I printed each picture out front and back in color, laminated them, and stuck them in a 3 ring binder.

Very very handy
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:24 PM   #24
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Synthetic made a huge difference in how my '81 R100RT shifts, especially when cold. Recommended.
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:47 PM   #25
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Heck, its an Airhead, these things will take anything, just use some old salad oil mixed with some bacon grease, ought to do the trick fine.


Just what we need, another Oil thread.
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:05 PM   #26
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[quote=rkatapt][quote=Sox Fan]Believe it or not, my 34 year old motorcycle didn't come with an owner's manual.
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Mine didn't either, but when I finally read one it answered a lot of my questions.

Manual

I printed each picture out front and back in color, laminated them, and stuck them in a 3 ring binder.

Very very handy
Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:51 PM   #27
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re: Manual =





And thanks again for the linky, from another I-don't-have-an-owner's-manual.....!


At least I can read it online, now!!

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Old 04-26-2010, 05:21 PM   #28
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Heck, its an Airhead, these things will take anything, just use some old salad oil mixed with some bacon grease, ought to do the trick fine.


Just what we need, another Oil thread.
Is paul newmans ok? T
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:19 PM   #29
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OKAY!!!! How about a tire thread then? Or a 'is this bike worth it?' thread...sheesh...Oughta be a special section for each of these subjects...
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:42 AM   #30
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ditto, I've been using the redline lately and the bike seems to shift smoother. Pretty amazing stuff.
Always been happy with redline. Looked at their site and they offer a lot of gear oil. Which one is the best for airhead boxes? thanks
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