Rotellla oil causing metal shavings or premature motor wear!?!?

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ridingred

Active Member
Apr 12, 2012
#1
After reading some posts about 2 seperate machines having metal shavings after running Rotella, i wanted to see if others are noticing the same thing.

I've been running this stuff in lots of machines over the past few years and have never seen a problem, but i have heard just about every reason not to run it.

My local buddies say not to run it because it's not designed for high revving motors, or wet clutches, etc.....this is all talk since these guys don't have any first hand experience, they are just assuming since it's labeled as a diesel oil and it's cheap, that it's crap.

I personally love this oil and have not seen metal shavings due to running it. Does anybody else have EXPERIENCE with this oil and if so what are you results?

If you have never ran rotella, please don't comment, but if you've been running it for awhile or if you recently quit running it, i'd love to hear the results!
 

nuckinfuts

Lifetime Member
Apr 11, 2012
#2
So far it's caused my rod to snap, blowing out cases, broken cylinder, bent intake valves, wobbly crank, kinked starter and a bent fuel screw but never has it had shavings in the filter.
 

whoppes27

Active Member
Apr 9, 2012
#3
So far it's caused my rod to snap, blowing out cases, broken cylinder, bent intake valves, wobbly crank, kinked starter and a bent fuel screw but never has it had shavings in the filter.
I'm sure it's the oil and has nothing to do with the power output of your 450 ;)

I run it in both my 450's with no bad results.
 

450Riot

Active Member
Apr 24, 2012
#6
It also causes alot of orguments.

On topic - I've never used the stuff in my quad. But I can still give my opinion right? I'd never use it.
 
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Phantom Z

#7
RR honestly this debate could go on and on, go over to any car site and I promise you oil vs oil is being discussed. I think it was mentioned in the other thread that use what works for you. If you use it and find no shavings then keep on keepin on. And I don't recall anyone saying the the Rotella itself caused the shavings, but I am what's known as a skimmer
 

ridingred

Active Member
Apr 12, 2012
#8
this is not an oil vs oil thread and i did not start it to debate. I'm asking if anybody that has real world experience with rotella has ever had an issue that was due to running this oil. I run this oil and i'm looking for information from other guys that also run it. Rotella works for me but if it messes up somebody elses motor or 2 motors i'll certainly stop using it asap! I don't know what was said, i'm not sure if anybody said "Rotella itself caused the shavings", i believe the poster said that they do not run it because they found shavings in 2 motors after using it, then they switched to a different oil and did not have shavings, so......you can make the call on that one.

again, just to be clear i'm looking for real world opinions on this oil, if nobody else has had problems then we can most definitely rule out the Rotella as causing the shavings, that's my concern if it's harmful i don't want to run it, if lots of other guys don't have issues with it, i will keep running it. i personally have not seen shavings, but maybe i'm getting lucky, maybe there's something i can avoid if this stuff truly is crappy.
 

grtrat1

Active Member
Apr 11, 2012
#9
Now that I think about it... My tranny side the oil comes out kinda grayish... Neighbor said it was normal.. He uses Honda oil (06 450r)and it comes out grayish also(so he says)
 

ridingred

Active Member
Apr 12, 2012
#10
yeah that's normal, just clutch fibers, i see that with all the oil even the honda red will show it. i'm more concerned about people finding metal shavings similar to what was mentioned like the basket getting tore up, or tranny getting messed up, or even on the motor side if people are seeing shavings with rotella on the motor side, i'm interested to know about it.
 

450Riot

Active Member
Apr 24, 2012
#11
For what it's worth since we're on the topic I had gray tranny oil when it came to dump the honda gn4 out. Now that I run motul it goes in green and comes out the same green. So real world testing, motul shears less.
 

bvet4dog

mmhmm bacon!
Apr 10, 2012
#13
I run rotella oil and have used it since my 2nd oil change. I had this bike for two years and i have not seen any metal shavings. :)
 

Mikey726

New Member
Apr 30, 2012
#20
I've been running it in my motor side for about two years and haven't seen any problems. I tried it in the tranny side, but the clutch would screech when i took off, so I switched back to the honda red bottle.