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Poll: Husqvarna 701, what weight oil?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Chillis, Aug 13, 2020.

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Husqvarna 701, what weight oil?

  1. 10w-50

  2. 10w-60

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  1. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Just curious about the numbers of users using which weight.

    My 2020 Enduro says to use 10w-50. I hear the cam chain tensioner when the oil and ambient temps are hot. No running issues though.

    KTM 690, same engine, recommends 10w-60.

    I'm thinking of going to 10w-60 next.

    Consensus?

    I'm guessing the bikes with 10w-60 are quieter on startup in similar conditions compared to 10w-60.
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  2. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Put me down for no fugging difference. Ive run 0-40 to 20-50. The bikes dont seem to care. The recommendations on your decal is from a business contract. 1990s KTMs used to demand Rotella.
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  3. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    i remember the Rotella days, maybe thats why i still run it.

    oh, 5w-30
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  4. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    That light of an oil?
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  5. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Probably not a good idea to run a light weight oil when the cam chain tensioner relies on the pressure to function.
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  6. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    just try the 10W-60 and find out if the cam chain tensioner behaves any better
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  7. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    And yet many do.
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    Kommando Long timer

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    10W60 is going to flow like 10W at startup, but provide friction protection like 60W when hot. I'd make the switch, if it's available to you.
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  9. Tyestick

    Tyestick Been here awhile

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    I only see 10W/50 listed in the manual.

    I couldn’t find a ‘performance supplement manual’ that allows use for other oil weights.

    Depending on your relationship with your local dealer, using 10W/60 would leave the potential for a dealership to void your warranty if you happen to still be within your warranty period.
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  10. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    KTM 690, same engine, says 10w-60.

    That is why I'm asking.
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    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    i make no claims nor do i recommend anyone dismiss the owners manual.
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  12. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    They don't actually do that. Ever notice how your oil is thinner when hot, and thicker when cold?
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  13. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    If your tensioner is rattling on an almost brand new bike, you need a new tensioner (at least) not a slightly different grade of oil
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  14. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Everything seems fine and others have noted the exact same thing on start up of a warm engine.

    When I was up in the mountains last night where it was cooler(70's) it didn't do the noisy start after restarting.

    I'll call the dealer in the morning and ask.
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  15. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    If it's just on warm startup for a brief instant, I wouldn't worry. All my friends with 990's have that. I thought this was happening when you were riding. Sorry if I missed that. If it bothers you, perhaps you can switch to a manual tensioner? I don't have any personal experience with this new engine, only the previous one. Never noticed this on the 2018 and prior examples in my riding group, but your 2020 has a much smoother and more powerful powerplant.

    Are you enjoying this new bike? Do you ever miss your 450?
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  16. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    For my riding this bike is better in every way except weight.

    To be honest though, after wrestling the Super Tenere around, this thing feels like a flyweight.

    The suspension is really smooth too so it keeps a very light feel in the dirt.

    It is a heck of a bike. Still trying to figure out handlebar vibes. It was really smooth when I got it and after I let a guy put the tires on and supposedly he tightened some spokes, it has been buzzy since then.

    Get going 80 mph plus and it smooths back out.

    Gets as good of gas mileage as the 450L. Wider seat. Traction control off-road, I didn't think I would want or need at first, it works very well!

    I think it is the perfect dual sport if you are riding to the trails more than 30 minutes. I've had a couple days already where I've ridden 700 to 800+ miles each day. Stock seat still. Although not recommended!

    I would have to go to a hospital after attempting on the 450L. The nerve in the groin that would give me numb nuts while riding the L!

    :permazot
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