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Which Engine Oil to use???

My greatest debate is how to take good care of my new Renegade 1000, so

I would like to know which engine oil everyone uses is their Can-Am atv.
Synthetic or not,, XPS oil or other,,, and how often do you change it?
Also to grease the frame pivot points, what do you prefer,, XPS or other grease and how often?
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I use mobil 1 full synthetic

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I run royal purple in everything and I use a heavier duty grease that is the same I use on my caterpillar skid steer . I change my oil more than the book says but I'm a little bit of a freak about my maintenance plus I don't ride everyday. I might ride once a month and sometimes more sometimes less. But my trans and axles are checked after every ride to make sure they are not milky. And they are changed at least twice a year.


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I run amsoil in the motor and mobil 1 synthetic in the diffs and trans.

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There are many many thread on this already but most people will say always go full synthetic, try and get 0w-40 (great for all weather especially cold winters) if not 5w-40 will work as well. Always let you bike warm up if it's cold outside though. Mobile 1 makes 0w-40 i know for sure. Some brands will say 0w-40 is for diesels. Recently i put Rotella 5w-40 into my bike just because it was half the cost of the Mobile 1. Most will say to use the big name oils out there, Lucas, Amsoil, Mobile 1 etc. etc. I mean XPS in the yellow jug i'm sure would be fine as that's Can-am's winter blend and full synthetic (black bottle is summer blend 'synthetic blend', not full synthetic). but not everyone has easiest acces to that so it's always nice to have a back up.

#1. Always full synthetic

#2. Big name oils

#3. 0w-40 if you live where it's cold (5w-40 will work just fine)
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oh, after reading all over these forums i should add that at the rate people change their oil is all open for debate but what i've found is that some people change after every couple rides, some say every 500 miles, and some say just before each warm/cold season. it all comes down to how much you ride it though. Most on here will say change it before you need to, before the oil starts to turn because it's safer to just always have fresh oil in there then to let the engine get worn prematurely. Oil starts to lose viscosity before it turns color so change it early and you should be fine. Oil is rather inexpensive compared to new engine...and always make sure you don't have water in there if you were riding in water all day, that's priority.

my first oil change was at 180 miles and the oil was still fine. then i went 400 miles before next one (580 total) and i must say, although the oil wasn't black or anything it definitely wasn't new and i wished i had changed it sooner. It was still decent but definitely not new sooo....i might try 300 miles next time. A few bucks in oil is worth the peace of mind to me if nothing else.
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By all means use synthetic. Stick with a name brand you know. I use Rotella (Shell) 5/40. Since these bikes are used in the worst conditions (heavy dust) I change at least every 500 miles and no more than 1,000 miles; If it was a long outing. Last trip was to UT. for 16 days or that was just short of 1,000 miles. So about 3 times a year.

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5w-40 rotella synthetic find it at walmart for about $22 a jug best value imo and a good oil

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5w40 Rotella T6 every 700 - 800 miles
Moble 1 full synthetic in diffs and gearbox 2 times a year 7,700 miles and 450 hours hot desert riding no problems, oil plug magnet has no metal on it.

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