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Old 07-19-2007, 07:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What type of chain case oil you guys use? I just drianed my ZRT and the manual just tells me the part number or something that operates in low temps. Does it matter wat weight? Like 40, 60, 80, ect.
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What type of chain case oil you guys use? I just drianed my ZRT and the manual just tells me the part number or something that operates in low temps. Does it matter wat weight? Like 40, 60, 80, ect.[/b]
Chaincase oils are usually thinner, and may contain synthetics or graphite, they are designed for a link chain and gear combination. Heavier oils such as 80-90 weights are designed for gears which mesh together and run under heavy loads.

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I have been using 80w90 semi synthetic the past few years and have used regular 80w90 for over 20yrs
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Heh, here we go again. Why would you use such heavy oil, it's not made for link belt chains and will rob horsepower and top speed, it would be wiser to use ATF as Kawasaki did with non-Hyvo chains.

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I use the Klotz chain case lube. Fairly inexpensive and it's loaded with graphite.
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I use what ever they have at the dealership ams oil, Arctic Cat or Ski Doo as long as you change it at least once a season depending on how much you ride you will be just fine.
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Been using that for yrs

Everyone I know uses it on their sleds

I am still not sold on ATF though

Not arguing with you on this as you race your sleds but all I am saying is that is the type of lube I have used

Might try ATF for this season,as I change my fluids each fall
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I know guys which use 80-90 wt. also, just it's those oils are power robbing in cold weather, designed as anti-sling meshing hi loading gear oils, not made for link belt chain systems at all--, if used on Yamaha or Polaris hyvo chains, after time it will ruin the chains ability to flex at hi-speeds, I have seen it happen on several sleds in the last 10 years or so on customers sleds, I am at a loss to understand why anyone would think that the thicker oils penetrate the pins on link belt chains as well as the proper oils designed by the engineers to work at temp. extremes such as a chaincase on sleds.-- Not related but even transfer cases in 4X4 trucks use either ATF or special very thin "blue oils".

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I know guys which use 80-90 wt. also, just it's those oils are power robbing in cold weather, designed as anti-sling meshing hi loading gear oils, not made for link belt chain systems at all--, if used on Yamaha or Polaris hyvo chains, after time it will ruin the chains ability to flex at hi-speeds, I have seen it happen on several sleds in the last 10 years or so on customers sleds, I am at a loss to understand why anyone would think that the thicker oils penetrate the pins on link belt chains as well as the proper oils designed by the engineers to work at temp. extremes such as a chaincase on sleds.-- Not related but even transfer cases in 4X4 trucks use either ATF or special very thin "blue oils".

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Don, I believe you on the qualities of the oil for sure. I think my Yammi manual specs GL3 or 4 though. I'll have to check.

I run full-syn 75W90 in mine.
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