Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Engine Detuning Kills Performance

Some modern motorcycles are equipped with a knock sensor that adjusts timing to compensate for low-octane gasoline and eliminate engine knock. Unfortunately, when timing is adjusted, you may experience...
  • Rough idle
  • Lack of throttle response
Many bikers don’t even know this is occurring. Understanding engine knock, also known as detonation or pre-ignition, requires an understanding of octane, which is a standard measure of gasoline performance.
The three most common octane ratings include:
  • Anti-Knock Index (AKI)
  • Research Octane Number (RON)
  • Motor Octane Number (MON)
AKI is the rating most bikers are familiar with. It’s typically displayed on gas pumps as the average of the fuel’s RON and MON. RON, however, is the most common industry rating.

Engine knock can cause piston damage

Gasoline’s RON is generally a few numbers higher than the AKI posted on the gas pump (e.g. 87 octane fuel, or regular pump gas, has a RON of about 91-92). The higher the octane, the more compression the fuel can withstand before igniting. Low-octane gas is susceptible to uncontrolled and early ignition in the combustion chamber. It causes a knocking or pinging sound, robs the engine of power and, left unchecked, can cause catastrophic piston damage.
Engine knock may be eliminated by using a higher-octane fuel. Alternatively, you can use a fuel additive designed to raise the fuel’s octane number.

Boost Octane and maximize power and efficiency

AMSOIL Motorcycle Octane Boost increases octane up to three numbers, which eliminates knock or ping and maximizes power and efficiency.
Octane Boost

An easy solution for engine detuning

Motorcycle Octane Boost offers a low-cost solution to engine detuning and helps maximize bike power and performance. It offers the
added benefits of maintaining engine and fuel-system cleanliness, with active detergents that help prevent deposits for improved efficiency.
  • Maximizes power and efficiency
  • Improves startup performance
  • Eliminates engine ping or knock



Robert Bruton
AMSOIL Dealer
888-658-6669
bob@oildealer.net

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Road Trip Games

While it may be the destination that inspired your road trip, it’s all of the stops and sights along the way that make the experience even more enjoyable. To keep your family and friends from getting bored on those long stretches between stops and during those long nights at the campsite, fill your road trip checklist with these exciting road trip games and boredom-fighting accessories.
Road Trip Bingo
Road trip bingo is the perfect road trip game for kids and adults, and it’s 100-percent free to play. Print off plenty of free cards online and give each player a pen or marker. Have everyone mark off the sites on their bingo card as you pass them, and be sure to keep prizes on hand for the winners. If you want to reuse the same cards multiple times, be sure you have hard surfaces for each player to use and plenty of pennies or other objects to mark the cards with.
Mad Libs
Take the “Worlds Greatest Word Game” on your next road trip to keep your driver and passengers laughing non-stop. Mad Libs are available as books, apps or downloads, so pick your favorite version and pack it in your RV.
The Autonet Mobile Router
Sick of excessive data charges on your cellphone bill and having to avoid primitive campgrounds because they don’t offer free WiFi? Pack the Autonet Mobile router, and you’ll have 3G wireless internet access anywhere in your RV whether you’re cruising down the road or parked at a campground. Even better, the signal travels as far as 150 feet, so you can share your internet access with friends or use it in a hotel room with your vehicle parked nearby.
Get Your Road Trip Supplies at CCRV
Before you hit the road for your summer adventures, outfit your home on wheels with road trip supplies at CCRV. And if you’re not in the recreational vehicle of your dreams yet, we offer a wide variety RVs and motorhomes.
Melissa Bruton
CCRV

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Can I use Diesel oil in my Gas Engine

A question for the ages!

Motorists may favor diesel motor oils over there gasoline counterparts for a few different reasons.
  • Diesel oil is perceived as more “heavy-duty” than gasoline oils
  • Some motorists desire a higher viscosity, and it may be easier to find a 5W-40 or 15W-40 diesel oil than gasoline oil
  • Diesel oil typically contains more robust detergency additives than gasoline oils
It is safe to use a diesel oil in your gasoline engine, provided the diesel oil meets the appropriate specifications and viscosity requirements of your engine. For example, if your gas engine calls for a motor oil that meets the API SN specification, you can safely use a diesel oil of the correct viscosity that meets the API SN spec. For the typical gasoline application, however, a diesel oil isn’t required and the more appropriate choice is a quality gasoline motor oil for both performance and value.
Pay attention to oil specifications
The American Petroleum Institute (API) publishes its “C” category of specification for diesel oil (currently CJ-4) and its “S” category for gasoline motor oil (currently SN). It’s common for today’s diesel engine oils to carry both the API CJ-4 and API SN specifications. Though they’re truly designed for diesel applications, they can be used in gasoline applications for motorists who want to use one oil in all applications. If the diesel oil carries both specs, the oil is safe to use in diesel and gasoline applications. If the diesel oil does not carry the “S” category, AMSOIL strongly recommends against using it in gasoline applications.
The correct oil additives for the application
Some motorists may have been told diesel oil is formulated with special components not available in gasoline motor oils, such as more robust detergency additives to handle the soot inherent to diesel engines. In their minds, diesel oils are analogous to better protection.
Diesel and gasoline oils are formulated with a variety of additives that improve wear protection, corrosion protection, resistance to foaming, viscosity retention and more. Whether the application is gasoline-powered or diesel-powered, many of the same additives are used based on what they are designed to do in the formulation.
Motor oils contain additives designed to manage the byproducts of combustion, and some of those byproducts change, depending on whether the engine runs on gasoline or diesel fuel. If your vehicle uses a gasoline engine, it’s best to use an oil that contains the correct additives to handle the byproducts of gasoline combustion. The same holds if you’re operating a diesel engine.
When to favor diesel oil over gasoline motor oil
If your gasoline engine is heavily modified to put out more horsepower, using a diesel oil can be beneficial. It’s likely modified engines will need a higher viscosity to withstand the increased stress. You can turn to diesel engine oils for those needs or you might want to consider a racing oil, depending on your engine modifications and lubrication requirements.
Many times the engine builder will help provide insight as to what success they have found. Outside of that, if you have a bone-stock gasoline-powered application it’s best to stick with a gasoline motor oil. They are designed for that type of application and have the components required to manage that engine.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How a Motorcycle Clutch Works

Lubricating a clutch with oil seems like an invitation for slippage and inconsistent shifts.

Lubricating a clutch with oil seems like an invitation for slippage and inconsistent shifts. However, a properly formulated oil can reduce clutch slippage. Here’s how.
Clutch BasicsWet clutches are widely used in motorcycles and dirt bikes. The term simply means the clutch is lubricated with oil, as opposed to a dry clutch. A wet clutch typically lasts longer and is more forgiving to operate than a dry clutch.

Frictional Performance Vital

As shown in the images, the clutch connects the engine and transmission via a series of alternating friction and steel plates. Friction plays a big role in proper clutch operation.
To illustrate, imagine sitting aboard a motorcycle or dirt bike with the clutch lever activated, idling at a red light or in a starting gate. The friction and steel plates are separated, allowing the bike to run without moving. The light turns green or the gate drops. As you let out the clutch lever, the plates squeeze together. The transition from the friction and steel plates spinning independently to becoming locked together is an example of dynamic friction. Once the plates are locked together and spinning in unison, they’re subject to the principles of static friction.

Oil Chemistry Important

Motor oil plays a vital role in both areas. The formulation influences the dynamic friction you experience, which is best thought of as clutch feel. Oils with incorrect frictional properties can result in inconsistent or “loose” clutch feel. This negatively affects your ability to confidently pull away from a red light without the bike cutting out, or start quickly and grab the holeshot in a race. The oil also contributes to the holding power, or static friction, between the plates once the clutch lever has been let all the way out and you’re riding. Oils with incorrect frictional properties can allow the plates to slip in some circumstances, which you’ll feel as lost power to the ground. A powerful V-twin riding up a hill, for example, can generate sufficient load to cause the clutch plates to slip and the bike to surge.
The oil’s additive chemistry has the greatest effect on performance. Friction modifiers, added to some passenger car/light truck motor oils to maximize fuel economy, can decrease the coefficient of friction within the clutch pack and result in excessive slippage. Extreme-pressure additives, commonly used in gear lubes to protect against shock loads and intense pressures, can cause excessive clutch slippage and related damage.
The key is to use a lubricant specifically formulated for wet clutches. AMSOIL Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil, Synthetic Metric Motorcycle Oil, Synthetic Dirt Bike Oil and Synthetic Dirt Bike Transmission Fluid contain no friction modifiers or extreme-pressure additives. They’re dialed-in with the correct frictional properties to promote smooth shifts and consistent clutch feel while guarding against wear for long clutch life.

Robert Bruton
AMSOIL Dealer Click here to visit our site
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

High-Viscosity Lithium-Complex Synthetic Grease

High-Viscosity Lithium-Complex Synthetic Grease
Industrial Synthetic Lubricant
A lithium-complex thickened grease blended with premium ISO-320 synthetic base oils. Additives provide EP protection, oxidation resistance and rust and corrosion protection. Excellent for use in heavy-duty industrial and off-road applications where equipment is working under adverse conditions.
AMSOIL High-Viscosity Synthetic Grease is a lithium-complex-thickened grease blended with premium ISO 320 synthetic base oils. It is fully compounded with additives, providing superior extreme-pressure protection, oxidation resistance and corrosion protection. AMSOIL High-Viscosity Synthetic Grease is shear stable, maintaining its viscosity and consistency in the presence of mechanical activity. It also stays in place by resisting water washout. During high-temperature operation, AMSOIL High-Viscosity Grease’s base oils resist thermal breakdown, providing a thick film for excellent protection. AMSOIL High-Viscosity Synthetic Grease adheres to critical components in severe conditions to promote optimum operation, resulting in increased uptime and reduced repair and maintenance costs.
Excellent Performance
AMSOIL High-Viscosity Synthetic Grease is excellent for use in heavy-duty industrial and off-road applications where equipment operates under adverse conditions, including exposure to environmental elements, slow, heavily loaded applications and shock-loading conditions. Its lithium-complex thickener system, high-viscosity base oil and high-quality additives perform in hostile environments and extreme applications where typical multi-purpose greases may not.
Resists Water Washout
AMSOIL High-Viscosity Grease is formulated with excellent cohesion and adhesion properties that help it resist water washout. It stays in place longer, resulting in reduced maintenance time. Protects Against Oxidation and Corrosion AMSOIL High-Viscosity Grease contains a robust package of oxidation inhibitors that helps prevent grease breakdown and component surface damage. A premium blend of corrosion inhibitors further protects components against rust and corrosion formation.
Excels in High Temperatures
AMSOIL High-Viscosity Grease is engineered for exceptional performance in high-temperature applications. Its premium ISO 320 synthetic base oil and high-quality lithium-complex thickener work together to provide superior protection in severe operating conditions (up to 177˚C (350˚F) in continuous service and up to 204˚C (400˚F) in intermittent service).
APPLICATION MAINTENANCE
Maintaining a clean work environment is important when equipment greasing is performed. Wipe grease fittings clean prior to injecting grease to prevent contaminant ingestion. Maintain bearing housings one-third to one-half full of grease. Prevent over-greasing as this can result in excessive heat buildup. Supplement standard grease maintenance by periodically cleaning and packing housings with fresh grease on an established maintenance schedule.
COMPATIBILITY
AMSOIL High-Viscosity Synthetic Grease is compatible with many other types of greases. However, it is recommended that when changing greases, the equipment be cleaned of the old grease when possible or flushed with a liberal amount of AMSOIL High-Viscosity Synthetic Grease while the mechanism is in operation. Closely monitor the system for any inconsistencies. Grease compatibility questions should be referred to your AMSOIL representative or AMSOIL INC.
PRODUCT AVAILABILITY
AMSOIL High-Viscosity Lithium-Complex Synthetic Grease is available in 14-oz. cartridges, 35-lb. pails, 120-lb. kegs.

Robert Bruton
AMSOIL Dealer
888-658-6669
bob@oildealer.net  

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New Single-Remote Bypass Filter

New Single-Remote Bypass Filter systems are now available for Ford* 6.0/6.4L and GM* 6.6L applications. The systems include all components necessary for installation (including parts, hose, Ea® Bypass Oil Filter [EaBP90] and installation instructions), providing increased convenience and value for customers.

For questions on how to purchase AMSOIL products call me today. If you're interested in carrying AMSOIL we can help you become an AMSOIL Dealer. 

Robert Bruton
AMSOIL Dealer
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Synthetic DCT Fluid

Launching June 27, new AMSOIL Synthetic DCT Fluid is designed to protect sophisticated dual-clutch transmissions during the most intense, high-heat operating conditions. Synthetic DCT Fluid is the perfect choice for automotive enthusiasts who expect fast, smooth shifts from their high-performance vehicles.

Robert Bruton

AMSOIL Dealer


888-658-6669


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Towing Trailers Taking Care of your Transmission & Rear End

Many people overstress their vehicles in the summer, pulling trailers, campers or fifth-wheels with boats, sometimes exceeding their rated towing limits. Severe-service conditions and hot summer temperatures place extreme pressure on transmissions and differentials.   
Modern turbo diesel trucks and vehicles with V-10 engines boast more horsepower and torque than their predecessors, subjecting their differentials to increased levels of stress and heat. Gear oils must provide adequate wear protection, while also providing maximum fuel efficiency.

Thermal Runaway

The extreme pressures and temperatures generated by modern vehicles can lead to a serious condition known as thermal runaway. As temperatures in the differential climb upward, gear lubricants lose viscosity and load-carrying capacity. When extreme loads break the lubricant film, metal-to-metal contact occurs, increasing friction and heat. This increased friction and heat, in turn, results in further viscosity loss, which further increases friction and heat. As heat spirals upward, viscosity spirals downward. Thermal runaway is a vicious cycle that leads to irreparable equipment damage and ultimately catastrophic gear and bearing failure.

The AMSOIL “Tow Package”

AMSOIL Severe Gear® Synthetic Gear Lube (SVG, SVT, SVO) and Signature Series Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF, ATL) provide maximum protection in demanding environments such as towing, hauling and commercial use, providing increased lubricant film protection and reduced wear at elevated temperatures.

Field Proven

Signature Series Synthetic Fuel-Efficient ATF was submitted for a field trial at an independent test facility to prove its ability to protect transmissions in the severe, high-heat environment generated in real-world towing scenarios.
A loaded trailer was towed on real highways and city streets throughout the trial. Signature Series ATF handled the punishment with ease. Throughout 115,000 miles in severe service – nearly 4x the manufacturer recommended severe-service drain interval – Signature Series ATF delivered outstanding protection for gears and clutches and maintained smooth shifts.
Severe Gear Synthetic Gear Lube (SVG, SVT, SVO)
  • Controls thermal runaway
  • Features superior film strength
  • Provides rust and corrosion protection
  • Helps reduce operating temperatures
Signature Series Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF, ATL)
  • Specifically formulated for severe-service towing and heavy hauling
  • Delivers reserve protection against extreme heat
  • Maintains cold-temperature fluidity
  • Superior friction durability for smooth, reliable shifts

Robert Bruton
AMSOIL Dealer
888-658-6669
bob@oildealer.net  

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