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:naughty: i am a new owner of a 09 1000 xtz , i would like to know if I should use Synthetic oil after the "break in" any suggestions?
 

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right now, i'm just using the arctic cat oil which is synthetic......

i'd like stick to a synthetic but i'd rather switch brands as my dealer is just a bit over an hour away....
 

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From racing Moto every time I would break in a bike I would first use conventional drain it clean it out with some diesel and then go with synthetic for the rest of the bikes life. I think synthetic is the best way to go with these small engines.
 

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That engine comes from the factory with Arctic Cat ACX Synthetic oil which is a 5W50 special blend primarily designed for that engine and other AC engines. Do not use anything else, and never put anything but synthetic in that engine.
 

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I'm with Dragonfire I think conventional for break in let the rings seat and everything else, then go with a synthetic, I did not have time to drain mine and do just that, I think synthetic just work to good for break in , and as far as that crap about using Atic Cat brand oil I think is bull sh'''t, what do they have some top secret internal parts that can only be lubed by there name brand oil, who makes there oil for them? if that's the case we have a problem Houston, there motors are still breaking down with very few hrs.
 

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They don't have top secret things in their oil, but they people that designed the engine know what works best for the engine. I recommend using the Arctic Cat ACX oil in that engine, but if you don't want to do not put anyting but synthetic in because once synthetic has been in an engine you are not supposed to go back to conventional.
 

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I would not use anything else, I run synthetic in all my vehicles, I like reg oil for break in purposes,
I did use the Artic Cat oil change kit, but I am looking around for a as good or better replacement, already found that my local Cycle Gear carries some choices on the oil filter
 

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If you are looking for a different oil, I would personally recommend Maxima. They have a synthetic 5w50 oil. I like maxima because it is designed for these type of engines and have the various approvals like for use with wet clutches. Just a suggestion as to something you can look for. It is called Maxima Maxum Synthetic 4 Ultra.
 

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I 've used maxima, I'm using a castrol R full synthetic in my KTM v-twin has been good stuff its a 10-50 instead of a 5-50, I can buy it by the gal for both rides sometime on sale
 

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@ shawn, never use Castrol for your KTM. We use the KTM V-Twin engine for our Race Quads / ATVs and Castrol is one of the worst options.
 

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Has anybody tried royal purple. That is the oil I use in all of my vehicles. I am only useing the OE oil in my prowler though.
 

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Ive been doing a little research on this oil and discovered the "cat with the hat" makes
and excellant oil that deffently states that it has zink:
5W-50 FULL SYNTHETIC (API � SM) For Newer High Performance Cars and Trucks This full synthetic oil was engineered for extreme protection and superior performance. It contains an advanced additive package for maximized horsepower, heat protection, and longer-lasting zinc/phosphorus anti-wear.
This is the recommended oil for the ROUSH� P-51a� Mustang, and meets Ford WSS-M2C931-B.

They are selling it for $7.99 in the 5/50 wt. on line.
I hope this helps anyone.


 

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Ive been doing a little research on this oil and discovered the "cat with the hat" makes
and excellant oil that deffently states that it has zink:
5W-50 FULL SYNTHETIC (API � SM) For Newer High Performance Cars and Trucks This full synthetic oil was engineered for extreme protection and superior performance. It contains an advanced additive package for maximized horsepower, heat protection, and longer-lasting zinc/phosphorus anti-wear.
This is the recommended oil for the ROUSH� P-51a� Mustang, and meets Ford WSS-M2C931-B.

They are selling it for $7.99 in the 5/50 wt. on line.
I hope this helps anyone.


You should not use this oil. It is Automotive oil, not Off-Road vehicle oil. The main difference that makes automotive oil not good to use is that automotive oil is not made to work with wet clutches. You have to remember when an oil is designed for cars, the oil is only lubricating the engine, but when oils are designed for offroad vehicles they are lubricating the engine, transmission, and a wet clutch. These oils have other additives that automotive oils don't have. You will end up having problems with your wet clutch. So again don't use this oil or any other automotive oil.
 

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The Castrol oil I'm using for my KTM is specific for motorcycles, as far as the Artic Cat It's only had Artic Cat oil in it so far, I was looking for a replacement that's better and closer for me to buy
 

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Thanks all of you for your help! Ive just reached 100 mi and changed to Maxima maxum
synthetic 4 ultra.
Again thx
Bandit
 

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Aren't the CVT clutches a little different from a bike clutches , is the XTZ a wet or a dry clutch I've heard both, heard it was a dry from Speedwerx, and wet from a friend on this forum, so witch is it I guess that would make the difference, Cat in the hat sounds like a good deal
 

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The cvt clutches are different and they are dry, in fact if they get wet then the belt will slip. Arctic Cat transmissions also have a wet clutch which disengages at low rpms that way the cvt clutches aren't always spinning when stopped. It is kind of the same concept as automatic clutches on most manual utility quads.
 

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Ok sounds like both guys are right, I know very little about CVTs, and that make sense, so why the special oil ? why not use what the other UTVs are using like Rhino Teryx etc same RPM range just an extra cylinder
 
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