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Bmw R1200gs Lc Engine oil

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by dentex, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. dentex

    dentex Adventurer

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    Hi mates. So far i changed the oil with castrol power racing 5w-40.
    A friend of mind told me that in BMW authorized service they changed the oil with BMW brand (as in picture). Do you know what brand is this or where to buy it? They also told him that there is an instruction from the factory of adding 3,8lt engine oil (not more, not less) for smoother function of boxer[​IMG][​IMG]....


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  2. dave hendy

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    BMW now use Shell oils. Just a new contract.


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  3. Trelos166

    Trelos166 Greco TheRider

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    If you take your bike on an official dealer for service that's the oil they gonna use ... That's the oil BMW promote and recommend. You can buy it from a BMW dealer. They also recommend us using BMW shampoo on the bikes. LOL. Anyway , I used on my last change of oils LIQUI MOLY and I'm very happy.
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  4. dentex

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    Ok. Thanks mate. Many guys suggest shell rotella t6 5w-40. I am a little bit sceptical because it is promoted for diesel engines.Have you seen any better clutch performance with this oil (or an aftermarket in general)?


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  5. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Where's Jetspeed when you need him....he knows all about oil.
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    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Rotella is HDEO.

    Check your MOM for the required oil spec and rating then check the Rotella t6 spec and rating. Let us know your findings.
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  7. JimVonBaden

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    www.beemerboneyard.com sells LiquiMoly because it meets all manufacturer specs and is half the price of BMW branded oil. That is what I use as well.
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  8. myblunt

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    Rotella T6 is HDEO, and JASO MA... Last time I checked, R1200GS LC engines call for JASO MA2. That being said, I found better clutch performance switching to Motul 300V, and only filling about 3.8l (halfway in the window), and also that the clutch performance starts to act up after 5,000 miles, so instead of doing oil every 6, I change the oil every 4-5 thousand..
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  9. BMWRich

    BMWRich Away from the Libtards....

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    Is this what your talking about?
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  10. Bill4Riding

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    I use the first oil you mentioned, the Castrol 5W-40 oil. Cheap on Amazon and works great! You handed a lot of money over to the Germans when you bought the bike, no need to give them any more.

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  11. Deano747

    Deano747 Been here awhile

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    So we are all talking about the LC right. The previous models with separate gearboxes are not relevant to this thread :)

    I have noticed that my gear changes 1-2-3 are a whole loot smoother (not clunky) when the oil is cold. Anyone else? Is a heavier weight oil a good idea?
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  12. myblunt

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    Not really... I do notice this, and I suspect its not due to the oil but due to the fact that everything is cold. there's more tolerance for sloppy shifting. There's other threads around which go into gross detail about how to shift, but for the most part as it pertains to the oil, changing oil weights isn't the answer.

    As a side note, I wasn't having a good time with the Castrol and the dealer recommended Motul and life got better... Then it got much better when they flashed that software update to improve shifting comfort...
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  13. bikermd

    bikermd Been here awhile

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    if you call shell they will tell you that rotella t6 is ma2. The spec sheet says ma. I asked them where it says ma2 and they say it passed the test. Not sure what to believe. In general diesel oils are a much better oil (then car oils). They are made to take one hell of a beating.
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  14. Rockasaurus

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    From GSA owners manual regarding engine oil - Page 165 specifically states that moly-based substances are prohibited because it attacks coatings on engine components.

    Why are you using moly?? Just asking.
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    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Use the t6 in your LC without concern.

    In general, HDEO oils are not better than SL rated oils, they are different with additives suitable for diesel engines, turbochafged, high compression engines that burn diesel fuel. They are low in ash and have high TBN, desirable for many piston engine applications. Some non water boxer owners use 15w-40 HDEO in their oilheads with excellent success.
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  16. Erol

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    Hi Guys on the user manual there is important information belove.



    Engine oil, capacity max 4 l, with filter change
    Specification SAE 5W-40, API SL / JASO MA2, Additives
    (e.g. molybdenum-based) are not permissible
    because they can attack coated components
    of the engine,
    BMW Motorrad recommends
    BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate oil
    Engine oil, quantity for topping up max 0.95 l, Difference between MIN and MAX

    LiquiMoly additives is molybdenum.

    just for your information.
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    UOA came back with good results...Used Blackstone and they made some comments to stick with this and I plan to.

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    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Would you care to post your Blackstone report? Some here would be interested.
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  19. MarkM

    MarkM Been here awhile Supporter

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    I was not able to find any info stating that Liqui Moly contains actual moly. I assume it is just a marketing name. I've checked the mfr website product Technical Data Sheet and Security Data Sheet, and they list no moly in the product that was referenced, Liqui-Moly Synth 4T 5W-40 Racing Synthetic Engine Oil. If you have mfr info listing moly as an ingredient in Liqui Moly, please post it here.
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  20. Kawidad

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    I too am interested. :y0!
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