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I looked through the forum and could not find this subject covered (I did not look through all 300 plus pages, however). Is there a particular brand or weight of oil that is best for the Viking 700. I know, Yamaha wants you to buy their oil, but it is only sold at the dealer and my dealer is 10 points lower rated than congress at the moment. My main question is whether or not synthetic oils are ok for UTV's. I was looking at Castrol Synthetic 10-40 wt. I have to drain the oil for my slug upgrade even though there is only 25 miles on the current oil change from 6/21/18. Any thoughts?
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Sorry this answer may not be specific enough, but if memory serves me, the oil should in theory have various detergents/additives rated for motorcycle engines. I think "wet clutch safe" is a thing. I think some owners use Shell Rotella. I had a similar question a few years ago, but my memory is fuzzy. I just kept it simple and bought yamalube.
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Sorry this answer may not be specific enough, but if memory serves me, the oil should in theory have various detergents/additives rated for motorcycle engines. I think "wet clutch safe" is a thing. I think some owners use Shell Rotella. I had a similar question a few years ago, but my memory is fuzzy. I just kept it simple and bought yamalube.
I agree. The stuff that I bought (Castrol Synthetic) says for Motorcyles and ATV's and formulated for wet clutches.
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Yes as above the "wet clutch" part is important, normal oils with friction modifiers will make the clutch slip. Yamaha say to use this,


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SAE 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40,
15W-40, 20W-40 or 20W-50


Recommended engine oil grade
API service SG type or higher,
JASO standard MA


The viscosity that you choose will depend on the temperature in your area. Why not drain and re-use the currant oil if it is fairly new? Synthetic or semi synthetic is fine.

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I'd personally just stay yamalube.

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I have run Mystic 10w40 synthetic ATV oil in Grizzlies and the Viking. I change the oil once a year in the fall. I typically run a K&N or Fram motorcycle filter. This past fall I put in Maxima 10w40 synthetic blend oil with a tusk filter. So far so good. I would say the Viking starts easier with the maxima oil in colder temps.
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i have always ran the Yamalube in mine ,i order it off ebay I don't use synthetic because i change it pretty often.I know several people running the Rotella T5 5w40 and you can run the Mobile One made for European cars it doesn't have the friction additives. If I was to change probably would use Castrol ran the regular GTX for years in everything i had with no problems the T4 is good oil.
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I've used Mobil 1 0W40 EU formula and Rotella T6 synthetic for thousands (4K on my Viking and 5K on my X4 now) of miles in my Rhino/Viking/Wolverine X4 and pulled the wet clutch on each after thousands of miles to inspect or slug and they all looked nearly brand new. I'll never use anything but synthetic in my engine, gearboxes, and transmissions in any vehicle I own.

JASO MA rating or stating 'wet clutch approval' is icing on the cake but so long as it's not Energy/Resource conserving you'll be OK using it.
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The Yamaha mechanic told me to not move to the synthetic, until after I had the engine broke in. I'll probably just stay with the Yamalube for awhile. I think they also offer the Yamalube in a synthetic. I used Royal Purple in my last side by side, after it was broken in.
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I also use the shell rotello t6, a 2014 viking, the oil is rated jaso ma, only have a little over 3000 miles on mine tho

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