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davidmcctan's picture
VBMWMO #9296
Joined: 07/14/2017
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Anybody got a good recomendation for an oil additive? Maybe one of frictionless additives...

schrader7032's picture
VBMWMO #7032
San Antonio, TX
Joined: 10/27/2006
Posts: 6698
IMO forget additives. Oil is

IMO forget additives. Oil is blended at the factory to perform as it should. There is no guarantee that putting something else in the oil will combine as intended. Get the right oil and you'll be fine.


Kurt in S.A.
'78 R100/7 '69 R69S '52 R25/2

wa1nca's picture
VBMWMO #8374
Ashfield Ma.
Joined: 09/27/2012
Posts: 444
Oil for older engines

Valvoline VR1
Has a Zinc additive to reduce wear on older engines



Tommy Byrnes
54 R51/3 55 R50 64 R27 68 R69US 68 Sears Allstate 250 (Puch)

mcsherry1328's picture
VBMWMO #1328
Madison, WI
Joined: 10/27/2006
Posts: 93
Oil Additives

When I recently finished my R67/2 project I wanted to use the best oil I could. Vech at BenchMark recommended Valvoline VR1 40 weight.
That is what I'm using with no additives. I agree oil additives are not necessary and may impede the oils ability to work properly.

stagewex's picture
VBMWMO #8810
Joined: 10/26/2014
Posts: 465
Exactly! Valvoline VR1

Valvoline VR1


mike wex/stagewex
1969 BMW r60/2, US Model, 1995 BMW K75, 2006 Yamaha TW200, 2007 Ural Patrol

johnpst's picture
Joined: 03/22/2016
Posts: 73


All correct. Lubricating oil is manufactured to work as is. The oil manufacturers put in additives that meet specific demands of equipment manufactures. For example, way back when, ZDDP (zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate) was added by the oil blenders to provide lubricity to parts that may not get perfect pressurized lubrication. In the old days, splash lubrication was a big player in lubricating moving parts. Most of that was due to the cost of manufacturing controlled oil ports throughout the equipment. The pressures of environmental regulation along with improved manufacturing techniques led to ZDDP poisoning catalytic converts and pressurized systems providing better lubrication.

Point, look at what the manufacture of the equipment recommended and find a modern equivalent formula. VR1 checks all of these boxes for 50's / 60's vintage partially or wholly splash lubricated machinery.

Oil lubricates, cools, and circulates contaminants so it can be cleaned out. Pretty simple.



55 - R50, 06-R1200RT, 96-M900, 10-TU250x

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