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post #1 of 12 Old 04-09-2019, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Here's a helpful thread on the subject: https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f28/...oil-41242.html
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Whatever oil you use, do not overfill. Otherwise you'll be visiting this thread: https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f28/...eak-11223.html
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I won't recommend a brand, any brand will work fine. Synthetic, non synthetic, car oil, motorcycle specific oil, whatever. The Rebel engine dates back to the late '70s and is not picky about oil. I do recommend 20w50, unless you live in a really cold place. It has better load bearing ability than thinner oil, and shifting seems to be a bit easier. I also recommend changing it every 1000 miles, which means synthetic can just be a waste of money. The Rebel has a small air cooled engine with no oil filter and is hard on oil. I use conventional 20w50 and change it every 1000 miles and it runs just fine. While I don't recommend overfilling it, I do recommend filling it completely full, right up to the top mark on the dipstick. The Rebel does not hold much oil to begin with, and if it burns a little, or you have a minor oil leak, you could run out of oil and destroy your engine.
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-12-2019, 02:04 AM
 
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Oil Oil many choices

I use Redline 20w50 in all my bikes living in Florida gets brutally hot. One has 94,234 another has 52,980 my Rebel has 34,876. The point being works well for me at this location. If I lived up north Id be running 10w40. I think location plays a big factor on octane and oil. Octane 93 up north Id run 87. Lived in both places never had a motor problem or clutch problem. Go threw a lot of tires here from dry rot till a buddy told me to park the bikes on carpet said somthing about th concrete drawing a chemical from the tires. He was right on. Good luck with whatever you decide you could put cooking oil in the rebels and be fine they are such a grunt.

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The only absolute hard rule with oil in a motorcycle is that the clutch gets ruined by "energy conserving" "resource conserving" "super-friction-reducing" additives. look for JASO-MA or JASO-MA2 on the bottle which means it is safe for a motorcycle's wet clutch.
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Krypton is right great summary and so is Lexiytnax overfill big time problems good advice from both!

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Another thing I have never seen motorcyle oil with the API certification on the bottle ?.

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Another thing I have never seen motorcyle oil with the API certification on the bottle ?.

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It's there and currently will say SAE-SJ

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-19-2019, 01:35 PM
 
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Just get Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10-40 and never worry about oil again. Insanely expensive online, but I find it at walmart for $10 a quart. Maybe it's a little pricey/unnecessary for the rebel with it's 1000-1500 oil change interval, but it's still well worth it in my opinion. I used it for over 100,000 on my CB919 and it continued to run like new. Clutch was getting a little loose and worn out but I bet it still would of done another 50,000 before rebuild.

Carefully measure out 1.6 Quarts per change, ensure there's no leaks and you'll surpass the 100,000 mile mark with nothing but oil changes, spark plugs and valve adjustments.
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