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  1. #1
    Rax
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    Oil change capacity

    I recently purchased a 1995 Katana 600 and I need to change the oil. I already have the filter but I have no idea how much oil it needs because I do not have a manual. Does anyone know how much it takes?

    Also, would anyone recommend against using Mobil 1 Synthetic?

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    M-J Master Poster
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    I donít know how much to add but here's an old discussion, you can find plenty more regarding motor oil in this forum.

    http://www.motorcycle-journal.com/fo...ad.php?t=13338

    Personally I use Valvoline MC Oil; I pick it up for $2.79 a quart.

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    Welcome, Rax. I suspect you've already discovered what your bike holds, but I'd normally start with 3 qts and add a half at a time until you see the level in the sight glass.

    As for Mobil 1, I use it with great success. 15-50, that is. On a bike as old as yours, you're more likely to enhance any clutch slippage that's already occuring from normal wear. It's a bit of a gamble, but worth it I think.
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    I always have to take the oil cooler line off of mine to get the filter out from behind the header so it always takes about 5 litres. I always run castrol actevo with a k&n filter. If you have the same header as me you will need to unbolt the exhaust from the rear of the bike and have someone push down on it to be able to get the filter out.

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    I run royal purple in my fathers SRT-4 and it works wonders, most people start loosing boost, but the royal purple doesn't seem to gunk up the return lines like other oils, inturn I would imagine with the high compression it should work wonders.
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    Talking Oil Capacity

    The bike holds just about 3.8 quarts from dry. Your oil choice is going to depend on the climate your riding in. Synthetics are fine, but if there is high mileage already you may find a bit of slipping in your clutch and missed up shifts. Royal purple is fine for cars with good cooling plants but on a bike in hot climate it tends to break down and become less effective. Just remeber the engineers that built the bike went to school to learn what they do. Just because your buddies didn't blow up thier bikes doesn't mean that's whats best for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight
    The bike holds just about 3.8 quarts from dry. Your oil choice is going to depend on the climate your riding in. Synthetics are fine, but if there is high mileage already you may find a bit of slipping in your clutch and missed up shifts. Royal purple is fine for cars with good cooling plants but on a bike in hot climate it tends to break down and become less effective. Just remeber the engineers that built the bike went to school to learn what they do. Just because your buddies didn't blow up thier bikes doesn't mean that's whats best for it.
    None of my "buddies" ride bikes, thats why I asked about the royal purple in the katana. I know car mechanics not bike mechanics. I'd ask what oil is better, but I noticed no one looks at this location of the forums.
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