Optimal oil for air cooled engines?

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  1. Mikey P
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    I read something recently that said standard synthetic automotive oil isn't optimal..

    Opinions?
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    I use Honda synthetic oil. I think there's something about not having zinc or something in auto oil
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    That's it, Zinc additives
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    I remember Larry ranting about zinc being the hidden treasure in the oil for air cooled engines
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    Just run the proper weight Kohler oil for the temperature environment you are running in.
    I assume you are asking for the 370?
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    dumb question....what does the engine manufacture recommend?

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    Just 10/30, no particular brand or type
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    here's what Briggs says

    http://blog.briggsandstratton.com/s...oil-what-do-i-use-in-my-small-4-cycle-engine/



    here's what I say

    if you change oil and filter regular when you're s'posed to, it doesn't much madder what you use.
    They ALL work



    I use full syn in everything because it's superior lubrication in every way compared to conventional oil
    It's a machine
    Machines love lubrication
    I prefer the best lubrication available


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    Are you a 50 or 100 our guy?
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    hours?

    I start thinking about it at 50
    but more often than not, by the time I actually get a round tuit, it's 75 or more

    lawn and garden stuff, generators, pressure washers, etc every spring regardless of hours
    but more often than not, it's summer before I get around to that too :lol:


    don't over think it, BigSlim
    Heat/lack of cooling air flow is far more important to air cooled engine life than chosen oil band/type

    .L.T.A.

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