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Tiger Workshop (archive) Shop Talk, Ideas, Hints, and Tips for smooth running for the 885 - 885i - 955i & 1050i Tigers (Threads in this sub-forum will be progressively moved to their relevant model sub-forum)

 
 
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 2005 Tiger recently had an oil leak. It seems that the dealer who installed my Ma's highway bars didn't tighten the bottom bolt and oil was leaking out for a while. I guess that was the odd burning I smelled when ever I stopped riding.

It was an easy matter to tighten the bolt and stop the bleeding. But now the dipstick doesn't show any oil. (Though my exhaust pipe shows plenty.) I had previoously had my oil changed by the Triumph dealer and I understood him to tell me that the recommended Triumph Oil was a synthetic. Is that right? I have to fill up the oil before I can ride it and I don't have Triumph brand Oil to put in. I'm thinking Mobil1 or Golden Spectro (if I can find it). Any other suggestions? How many quarts is a full oil change without filter? Can I do that?

When you read the dipstick, are you supposed to straighten up the bike or leave it on the stand?
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I use a semi-synthetic (Motul 3100); 3 litres without filter. Changed every 5,000km.
Bike should be level and dip stick screwed all the way in for checking.
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I just use mobil 1 4t 10-40.
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4 quarts of Mobil 1 (4T or Racing 4T) with a new filter every 5k miles does it for me.
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I had a Guzzi that I put regular Castrol in. My Guzzi dealer (different) regognized that there was no moly in the oil and he added some. Is molybd'num any consideration, do you think?
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Jamo, it really doesn't matter what you put in, so long as it's the correct weight and fully synthetic.

Mobil 1 4T, there's also the Silkolene, Motul, Royal Purple, many others. Just make sure you check the level correctly, with the dipstick screwed all the way in and on level ground with the bike vertical.

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Old 05-30-2008, 11:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I had a Guzzi that I put regular Castrol in. My Guzzi dealer (different) regognized that there was no moly in the oil and he added some. Is molybd'num any consideration, do you think?
You don't want to let it anywhere near your Tiger as the clutch runs in the engine oil. It's OK for the Guzzi (or BMW) as it has a car-type dry clutch.
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I've had very good luck with synthetic amsoil in 10-40. I run it in my KTM for about 7000 miles in between changes and that is probably overkill.
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