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post #1 of 37 Old 07-15-2018, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Lubrication

So I just had my Kodiak 700 EPS in for its first service at 10 hours. I asked the service technician if they used synthetic oil in the engine and transmission, where I quickly got the standard 'we recommend Yamaha...' so I never really got an honest answer.

I'm planning to switch everything over to Amsoil products once the warranty runs out. Just wondering what other people are doing for lubrication... standard Yamaha? Synthetic? or something different?

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I had my first service done a few months ago, and they used the Yamalube. Seems fine to me. Hasn't burned a drop. I'll probably stick with it since I plan on changing the oil more often than needed. Lots of folks say to complete your break in thoroughly before switching to synthetic. I also had them change the diff. fluids also.
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Right now I am using Valvoline 10w40 conventional oil for the engine and Valvoline 75w90 Synthetic for both the front end rear ends.

On the rear end you need to make sure that the oil is GL-4 rated which most synthetics are. It has the friction modifiers in the oil for the wet brake that it needs.

What ever oil you use make sure that it meets Yamaha's specifications which can be found in the owners manual. I also plan on doing yearly changes on all the oils.
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post #4 of 37 Old 07-15-2018, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Speaking of changing the oil, the dealer recommended changing the oil every 50 hours, what are you doing?

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I'll run the oil for a year and then change it. That is the way that I did it on my other ATV's and I really don't see a need to change.

If you really want to know just when to change the oil you need to get it analyzed to see what the additives in it are doing.

I have been using Blackstone Labs for my diesel truck and a gas Explorer. I might send them a oil sample next year when I change it on my Kodiak.

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Shell rotella T6 5w40 synthetic.
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I use Amsoil on my street bike, but on the Kodiak I'm using Yamaha oils and greases.
The rear axle gets dirty very fast with the brake inside the oil so I plan on changing it twice as often as the front diff.
The primary sheave needs two separate greases(light and dark), and the secondary sheave only needs the dark one.
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I use Amsoil on my street bike, but on the Kodiak I'm using Yamaha oils and greases.
The rear axle gets dirty very fast with the brake inside the oil so I plan on changing it twice as often as the front diff.
The primary sheave needs two separate greases(light and dark), and the secondary sheave only needs the dark one.
That makes my brain hurt just thinking about it! Think I'll stick with the Yamaha lubes for now since both wheelers are still in the break in period. Dealer changed engine and diffs at first service (10 hours), then recommended engine only at 50 hours, and engine and diffs at 100 hours. Does that match pretty close to what you're doing?

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I did the first change at about 80 miles. I'm just over 100 now so it will be a little while...probably when I hit 200 for the next one.
I didn't see grease fittings the the first time so I need to go under there and see if I can give them a shot of grease.
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I did the first change at about 80 miles. I'm just over 100 now so it will be a little while...probably when I hit 200 for the next one.
I didn't see grease fittings the the first time so I need to go under there and see if I can give them a shot of grease.
there's four fittings in the rear. I had to replace with 45 degree zerks because I was unable to get a grease gun to attached otherwise. That was my experience anyways.
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