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Old 03-20-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
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Default Rotella Synth is holding up really well in my car

Here's the most recent at 1700 miles (typo error) and 5-hours of track time with 240f oil temps. I never fixed the cold start, but it looks like Rotella is going to work for me with 2-3 track events on each change. When I get off my butt and tune it again, I'll probably be able to go longer and the RX7 oil cooler will help get oil temps in check.

Iron is a little high but that's basically double the stock Miata engine with 5k miles on it between changes. I don't think there is going to be any way to change that, its the reality of turning 4-7k rpm for 5-hours per change interval on the track. I'd like to get silicon down a bit and I may be able to do that by switching to an Amsoil paper filter because K&N filters suck for filtration.
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Who do you have do your analysis?
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Your boyfriend does it.

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What weight is that?
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What weight is that?
5w40, the only one they make. I have the new T6 formula in the car now which I can't seem to find a virgin analysis of. I'm certain some of you virgins will analyze is for me, lol.

I'm also happy to see that tightening my cam caps didn't chomp-down any aluminium, and stopped the lifter noise.
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Man, gonna have to let him know I need a some of that love...
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Nice, I got the Rotella dino for my fresh start and first heat and light load cycle. T6 synth will go in right after. Better than Royal Purple, you figure?
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Rotella Synthetic is good stuff. That is what I am running in my truck, 300 HP turbo Miata, and LS1 V8 Miata.

I should send in a sample of the LS1 oil after the next track day. It would be interesting to see what the testing tells.
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We would always use Rotella in our superbikes back in college. It was rebranded as Honda oil. We had a GSXR1000 with a loud motor and a weak clutch, changed to Honda oil and motor was dead quite and the clutch felt like new. Good oil. Where are you guys getting it?
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Yep Walmart. Most auto stores have it too though Walmart is usually pretty cheap. Rotella is one of the few reasons I will venture into that hell hole.

Regular Rotella is good stuff too BTW, but the synthetic is probably better for turbo cars and/or racing due to the higher temperature stability.

jacob I also run it in my race bikes with good success.
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I've been using the Rotella Dino oil in my car ever since that big long thread we had about oils. I love the stuff. My motor is much quieter. What best is I know when I'm low cause the motor gets louder. I don't use the synthetic cause it's a street car and oil temps never go over 225.
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would the Rotella dino be something one would use for breaking in a freshly built motor?

I see the huge rotella 5 gallon drum buckets sold here at my walmart
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I picked up the Rotella 5w40 today from Walmart for $20 a gallon. After a quick drive my lifter tick was gone. I think I am going to stick with the Rotella like everyone elese on here.
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would the Rotella dino be something one would use for breaking in a freshly built motor?

I see the huge rotella 5 gallon drum buckets sold here at my walmart
Run grocery store oil for 5 minutes on initial break-in, then run 5w30 for 1000 miles to wear in bearings. I did this for my car and I guess it worked well.
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I might actually switch to the new silver-bottle synthetic blend after I get the rx7-cooler in there since I seem to have a fuel contamination problem. We're running Rotella dino oil in Matt Andrews' car and its still alive.
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BITOG has some writeups and test results on Rotella that were favorable. Basically it is a very good balance between performance and cost. There is some stuff that is a bit better but it is a lot more expensive.

On a remotely related note I just tried registering at BITOG under the name "Megahellastylin" and was told that it was an unacceptable name
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For the UOA faggettes who have read more about this than I have, is the Rotella synth measurably better than M1 0w40 or GC 0w30 in turbo cars that see track use? I don't suppose there have been any head-to-head comparisons on the same turbo Miata? My turbo **** will be installed sometime during my next oil change interval. I have a small stash of the M1 and GC, but could switch to Rotella if it's significantly better.
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