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Old 03-01-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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So what is everyone running for fluids around here?

I have a 02 WRX with 127,000 miles with some modifications.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:55 PM   #2
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I use Subaru's branded and recommended full-synthetic oil for 2011+ turbo models and my tranny fluid is Extra S. Mmmmm smooth.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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rotella t6 for oil.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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i use rotella t6 as well, great stuff.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:30 PM   #5
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The T6 is Synthetic right? and what weight are you guys running.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:35 PM   #6
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The T6 is Synthetic right?
yes, it is.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:31 PM   #7
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T6 Rotella 5w-40
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:34 PM   #8
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T6 5-40. I would use amsoil if it didn't cost so much though.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:36 PM   #9
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k and are you guys switching up from winter to summer? or just running the same thing all year?

Any oil filter specifics?

How about for the Transmission fluid?

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Old 03-01-2012, 07:43 PM   #10
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I used T6 in my 08 FSXT. Recommended, same weight as these guys year-round.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:48 PM   #11
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i was going to use amsoil but if you guys reccomend t6 ill use that. The guy i bought it from said he used to use synthetic but it got too hot so he switched back to non synthetic. he was told it is how the old blocks were????
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:03 PM   #12
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T6 5w-40 year round.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:08 PM   #13
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So has anyone had the problem with running synthetic? Im just curious because of what someone told the guy i got the car from

(The guy i bought it from said he used to use synthetic but it got too hot so he switched back to non synthetic. he was told it is how the old blocks were????)

As far as the transmission. mine sounds like straight cut gears with the whine through all 5 gears. Just wondering if it is the wrong fluid. (its not low)
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:41 PM   #14
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Theoretically synthetic should be better in every way, unless your engine is being kept sealed by gunk that the new oil cleans up and creates leaks. I've also already switched to the T6, based on unanimous praise and UOA results across the board. It makes it all the better that it's also the cheapest synthetic you can buy at $21 per gallon at walmart.
Oh and it only comes in 5w-40.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:27 PM   #15
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Synthetic for 30k miles and going. I started with mobil 1 at 10k still burned oil them switched, rate of burning oil slowed? Tried amsoil but it was cost prohibitive at 10 bucks a qt.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:34 PM   #16
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I will be switching to synthetic then.. i dont mind paying the extra $$ for amsoil. I thought it was weird to hear that it gets too hot with synthetic so ill try it out to see whats going on.

Still trying to figure out the nest Gear oil too
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:43 PM   #17
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I bought my '02 new when the Bugeye's first came out. Used conventional for the first 10,000 miles, then moved on to synthetic. Been on Rotella T6 for last 50,000 miles or so. It is the way to go. I still change it often though….no 6500 mile oil change intervals for me.

The notion that synthetics got too hot is absurd, they have far better heat soak properties than conventional oils and far superior shear protection capabilities.

There are literally volumes already written here in NASIOC on oil. Do yourself a favor and spend some time reading/searching. Educate yourself.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:50 PM   #18
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=499177

I also use the subaru blue oil filters because I got a good deal on a case and I won't get hassled about warranty issues, especially since I'm running a 'non-approved' oil. But you'd probably be fine just getting Frams from o'rielly. I don't know anything about gear oil.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:10 AM   #19
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wal mart brand it's cheap
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:20 AM   #20
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mobil 1 5w-30 High mileage (146k and counting)

Mobil 1 synth ATF

Some syth gear lube in front and rear diffs
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:55 AM   #21
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Rotella T6 All year round
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:30 PM   #22
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My thoughts on oil: Some of which is IMHO, some is regurgitation from what I've read and some ... probably way off base.. HAHAaha.

IMHO, Synthetic oil is the way to go unless you are breaking in an engine or have an old and tired engine that might not be sealed as properly. Synthetic tends to help protect more against sludging.

For me, I have used Mobil 1 almost exclusively up until I tried Amsoil. Cost difference for me wasnt that bad. My buddy's discount was ~$9/QT vs the M1 German blend for ~$8/QT. My oil change intervals are hovering around the 10k mile mark. Due to time constraints my last change went till 12k and was quite ... concerned/anxious. However I sent my oil off to Blackstone for a UOA and it came back very good with a recommendation I could go even longer. To note, I am also using the Amsoil oil filter if it makes a hill o beans. I have run the car again to 12k miles (with a couple ice races) and will again send it off for UOA.

According to what has been stated on various forums like QW, Rotella T6 seems to be the new preferred oil for higher end cars & turbo cars. Amsoil isn't too far behind right along side M1 (kind of a preference/available thing), and RP is far in the back. Most also tend to begin relying on UOA reports, almost to an anal level to discern their oil use and change intervals. MOST believe though, that changing a synthetic oil any sooner than 5-6k miles is considered wasting money.

Cliff Notes: I used to use M1, now use Amsoil 0w40. Changing at 10-12k miles with a Blackstone report. You should be fine with a synthetic.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:37 PM   #23
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On Rotella T6 as well and using the subaru genuine filters.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:42 PM   #24
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12k holy cow, that takes some balls but awesome it holds up. I've heard good things about RedLine too, but with T6 being at least half the price...
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:53 PM   #25
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12k holy cow, that takes some balls but awesome it holds up. I've heard good things about RedLine too, but with T6 being at least half the price...
Yeah, it did take some gonads. My buddy claimed that Amsoil oil, WITH their filter could last like 20k + miles, even had a warranty or something. It might be a bit different using a genuine OEM filter though. Not sure.

The key for me though was the oil report showing how good (or bad) my oil was when I changed it. With them claiming it still showed good properties and I could even extend the mileage if I chose, gave me confidence I could keep going 10-12k between changes. I'll send off another sample to confirm that interval wasnt some fluke.
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