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View Poll Results: Which oil do you use?
Castrol 8 14.29%
Chevron 1 1.79%
Mobile1 24 42.86%
Pennzoil 3 5.36%
Quaker State 0 0%
Royal Purple 9 16.07%
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Valvoline 6 10.71%
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:38 PM   #1
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Which Oil Do You Use?

So which Oil do you use?
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:06 AM   #2
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we usually use Royal Purple
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:09 AM   #3
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no clue lol

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Old 01-12-2009, 12:11 AM   #5
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Royal Purple. You can actually feel an increase in power (compression). I kid you not.

And, it seems to hold viscosity better. When I ran Mobil1, and it started breaking down (heat), you could see the oil pressure guage fluctuate up and down, as if it was running water instead of oil.

With the Purple in the pan, pressure stays solid. so does the power. It ran so hard after changing to Purple that I actually tweaked my rear diff when throttle-shifting at max torque.

I ran Mobil1 for years before that, and it always "floated" at high RPM. With the Purple, it just kept digging (until I broke something, LOL) -- and that was with an AUTO!!!

If I were running a 6-speed, there would have been broken bits spread all over the road as I spun out from losing control.

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Anyways, I'm sure mechanical engineers can chime in on the specs of each, but I trust and will stay with Purple.
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:49 AM   #7
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do I have to even say what I use?


lol


and why is there no Amsoil choice? lmao
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:25 AM   #8
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Oil is designed to reduce friction. They all have their own mix, but as long as it meets spec. it's good. Most important thing is change it before it breaks down.

"We use Mobil1..Why? Because they paid us the most money to say that!"

If an oil is new and improved, does that mean previously it was old and crappy?
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:26 AM   #9
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:52 AM   #10
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Mobil1 is good for me. But I also like redline too
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:25 AM   #11
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Mobil 1, every 3K. (I know! Changing at 3K is a waste, but its piece of mind for me.)
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I was tring to find royal purple but i ca't seem to find any! And i don't feel like ordering motor oil online.
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I was tring to find royal purple but i ca't seem to find any! And i don't feel like ordering motor oil online.
I buy mine from O'Reilly's. 4 quarts (soon to be 7) of 5W-30 every 5,000 miles, and a 4 dollar microguard filter. I tried K&N filters for a while but they didn't seem any better than the microguard, so I switched back.
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i've got Mobil1 10W-40 & Wix filter in the truck now & have no complaints, but i think i'm gonna go back to dino juice because i didn't really see that much of an improvement other than being able to go 10000mi on this change. for conventional, i usually use Valvoline 10W-40
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Not to hijack the thread, but Ive been wondering whats the rule for switching to synthetic. Ive been told that if you have more that like, 70K miles not to switch. Ive been wanting to switch to royal purple, but I dont know if I can?
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Not to hijack the thread, but Ive been wondering whats the rule for switching to synthetic. Ive been told that if you have more that like, 70K miles not to switch. Ive been wanting to switch to royal purple, but I dont know if I can?
I switched to RP in my car at 85,000 miles.

I've actually never heard of a mileage cap for switching.
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Switching to Royal Purple of non-synthetic oils netted me a 11.6% improvement in gas mileage. For 3 oil changes before switching my overall average fuel economy was about 31 mpg combined city/highway. After switching with no changes in driving habits/routes I've been averaging 34.5 mpg combined.

And yes, there is a noticable seat of the pants difference in power, as long as you keep the oil clean. I don't have any dyno results but since my car puts probably all of 115-120 horsepower to the wheels, its probably for the best.
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Not to hijack the thread, but Ive been wondering whats the rule for switching to synthetic. Ive been told that if you have more that like, 70K miles not to switch. Ive been wanting to switch to royal purple, but I dont know if I can?
There is no requirement to wait before switching to synthetic on modern cars. Engines are broken in at the factory and a lot of cars ship with synthetic oil to the dealership as new.

However, unless you're going for extended drain intervals (1 year or 10,000 miles or more) they're a waste of money.
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This hasn't been mentioned but it's important...

If you're using synthetic you can extend your oil change interval, BUT, you still need to change your filter every 2~3,000 miles and top it off.
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This hasn't been mentioned but it's important...

If you're using synthetic you can extend your oil change interval, BUT, you still need to change your filter every 2~3,000 miles and top it off.
Not true. A GOOD filter with synthetic media will last a very long time these days. If you're clogging up an oil filter in 2,000 - 3,000 miles your engine has bigger issues than when you change the oil filter. I recommend a Purolator PureOne oil filter as it's ranked above Mobil 1 in efficiency and costs half as much.

My owners manual in 3 different cars says to change the oil filter at 15,000 miles.
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Not to hijack the thread, but Ive been wondering whats the rule for switching to synthetic. Ive been told that if you have more that like, 70K miles not to switch. Ive been wanting to switch to royal purple, but I dont know if I can?
there's no rule or cap. I switched over at 150k on my LT1 and havent looked back.


tho I would recommend seafoaming your car before you swap over.

http://www.lt1engine.com/tech/how-to...arbon-buildup/

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Not true. A GOOD filter with synthetic media will last a very long time these days. If you're clogging up an oil filter in 2,000 - 3,000 miles your engine has bigger issues than when you change the oil filter. I recommend a Purolator PureOne oil filter as it's ranked above Mobil 1 in efficiency and costs half as much.
My owners manual in 3 different cars says to change the oil filter at 15,000 miles.
well, it was ranked above it in 1999, but I have no doubts that they are still running strong against the rest of the pack for less.

my recommendation is Wix with PureOne in a close second
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and why is there no Amsoil choice? lmao
It's because AMSoil is a cult, there is no choice involved.
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Looks like mobile1 takes the win so far, U Guys must be happy that the camaro will have mobile1 oil.
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Meh - that'll be changed to RP after 500 miles, at least in my car.
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I really want RP, is RP synthetic? My camaro has 74,094 miles can i use synthetic?
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