Looking to remove passenger seat on my 250. Any parts that will cover the wire? - Honda Rebel Forum
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post #1 of 15 Old 08-19-2019, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Manual said to get motor oil with API SF or SG? 2012 Honda Rebel 250

So I just came back from Auto Zone and they didn't have anything with API SF or SG (which the manual recommends). The manual specifically recommends Honda GN4, which on Amazon, is SJ.

This site http://www.pqiamerica.com/apiserviceclass.htm says SF and SG are discontinued and that SJ is for '96 - '01. Needless to say, I'm confused as hell now.

What the heck do I need to buy?

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post #2 of 15 Old 08-19-2019, 08:37 PM
 
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I use Castrol 10-40. I've tried a number of brands and Castrol came out on top. Honda recommends an oil change every 4,000 miles and no oil passed that test. Castrol holds up well to about 2,500-3,000 miles . That's when it became noticeable when shifting. You can feel the difference when you rub the oil between your fingers. I now change every 2,000 miles. Others claim Rotel brand just as good, but I don't have any experience on that.

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Autozone offers some that say motorcycle or 4 valve or something like that in the small engine area of the store. Other than that I've only found it at a hardware store.

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obsolete oil service categories replaced by API SJ or SI

SA Utility Gasoline Engine Service

SB Minimum Duty Gasoline Engine Service

SC 1964 Gasoline Engine Warranty Service

SD 1968 Gasoline Engine Warranty Maintenance Service

SE 1972 Gasoline Engine Warranty Maintenance Service

SF 1980 Gasoline Engine Warranty Maintenance Service

SG 1989 Gasoline Engine Warranty Maintenance Service

SH 1994 Gasoline Engine Service

SJ Gasoline Engine Service Category SJ was adopted in 1996 and became mandatory in 1997, superseding API rating SH for gasoline only engine oils.
SL Gasoline Engine Service Category SL was adopted to describe engine oils for use in 2001 and earlier gasoline engines.

I have read that
some bike manuals state, nothing higher than API "SL" should be used, or clutch slipping might result...
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post #5 of 15 Old 08-20-2019, 12:24 PM
 
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JASO-MA is what you want to see on the label.
that means it is certified for use with a motorcycle wet clutch.
Your neighborhood motorsports dealer will stock it, and it will probably have the words MOTORCYCLE OIL also on the label.
I have seen motorcycle oil at walmart, in the sporting goods section, not the automotive section.

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Shell Rotella 15-40 meets JASO standards, is a lot cheaper than motorcycle specific oils, and possibly better too. In an old test, automotive oil outperformed every motorcycle specific oil in the test.

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Does anyone else see the title of this thread as "Looking to remove passenger seat on my 250. Any parts that will cover the wire?"

I was surprised to click on it and discover a question and discussion about engine oil.

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You can cover the wire with oil, but you'll probably have to reapply it regularly.
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You can cover the wire with oil, but you'll probably have to reapply it regularly.
Synthetic oil doesn't have to be reapplied as often.

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There are various cable covers that could be adapted..
wanna get wild check out the sidewinder.

https://www.cabletiesandmore.com/drop-over-cable-covers

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