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Oil advice and recommendations here (Opie Oils)

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opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,086 posts

160 months

Monday 23rd January 2006
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I'm sure that many of you will already know us from Pistonheads and many other car forums.

We are Simon and Guy from Opie Oils www.opieoils.co.uk

If you would like any oil advice or recommendation for your pride and joy please feel free to ask here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

To help us to give the most accurate advice possible we do need some information about your car. So please remember to give the following information.

Make:
Model:
Year:
Engine type:
Modifications:
Driving style:
Any other information that may be relevant: Oil Temperatures?
What recommendation are you looking for? Engine,Gearbox,Differential etc:

Please remember that we will always recommend an oil that we sell. We do have 6 brands being Silkolene, Fuchs, Castrol, Motul, Mobil and Amsoil.

We look forward to being of help to PHers

Cheers
Simon & Guy

You can also contact us as follows:

Email: sales@opieoils.co.uk
Tel: 01209 215164

All oils we recommend are available to buy online at www.opieoils.co.uk



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cdt

537 posts

206 months

Monday 23rd January 2006
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So what you recommend for a V8 TVR? (1990 350SE 3.9L NCK engine)

Have always been told 15w 50

(have bought oil from you before when I owned my type-r)


>> Edited by cdt on Monday 23 January 22:57

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,086 posts

160 months

Monday 23rd January 2006
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10w-50 or 15w-50 is fine.

Cheers
Simon

cdt

537 posts

206 months

Monday 23rd January 2006
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opieoilman said:
10w-50 or 15w-50 is fine.

Cheers
Simon


Does anyone make 15w-50 other than mobil?

What's your price on 15w-50 mobil?

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,086 posts

160 months

Monday 23rd January 2006
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Yes, take a look on our website (link in the 1st post) in the Members Section, I've a few good ones:

Silkolene PRO R 15w-50 or Silkolene PRO S 10w-50
Motul 300V 15w-50
Mobil1 15w-50

Cheers
Simon
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BCA

8,605 posts

181 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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Make: Smart
Model: City Coupe
Year: 2000 (late)
Engine type: 599cc Turbo
Modifications: Air intake/filter only
Driving style: fast road/ track (see profile, seriously!)
Any other information that may be relevant: 35k miles old / always warmed up and down
What recommendation are you looking for? Engine

Thanks in advance,
BCA

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,086 posts

160 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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BCA,

According to my book you will need a 5w-40 full synthetic meeting or exceeding the MB229.1 spec.

As you are tracking the car, go for a good one such as an ester based synthetic like the Silkolene or Motul.... other good choices will be Mobil 0w-40, Castrol RS 0w-40, Amsoil 5w-40 or Fuchs Supersyn 5w-40.

Cheers

Guy.

bga

8,050 posts

175 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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Hi Gents,

How about the following:

Make: TVR
Model: Chimaera
Year: 1998
Engine type: RV8 4L
Modifications: no engine mods, sports exhaust
Driving style: mixture of city driving & long a-road or motorway trips

I've been recommended valvoline 0-40 semi synth, what do you recommend?

Cheers!

markh

2,781 posts

199 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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Good morning Chaps

Make: TVR
Model: Chimaera
Year: 1999
Engine type: Rover v8
Modifications: No cats,bigger injectors,Autronic ECU, oil cooler
Driving style: Fast road, trackdays
Any other information that may be relevant: Oil Temperatures? oil temp running at 60
What recommendation are you looking for? Engine,Gearbox,Differential etc: Engine,Gearbox,diff


Thanks Mark

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,086 posts

160 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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bga said:
Hi Gents,

How about the following:

Make: TVR
Model: Chimaera
Year: 1998
Engine type: RV8 4L
Modifications: no engine mods, sports exhaust
Driving style: mixture of city driving & long a-road or motorway trips

I've been recommended valvoline 0-40 semi synth, what do you recommend?

Cheers!


BGA,

We recomend for the RV8 either a 5w-40 or 10w-50 full synthetic depending on use, for you I would look at a good 5w-40.

Valvolin is good however any oil with the 0w rating is going to be a full synthetic, mineral based oils cannot reach this low viscosity.

Hope this helps.

Cheers

Guy.

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,086 posts

160 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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markh said:
Good morning Chaps

Make: TVR
Model: Chimaera
Year: 1999
Engine type: Rover v8
Modifications: No cats,bigger injectors,Autronic ECU, oil cooler
Driving style: Fast road, trackdays
Any other information that may be relevant: Oil Temperatures? oil temp running at 60
What recommendation are you looking for? Engine,Gearbox,Differential etc: Engine,Gearbox,diff


Thanks Mark


Mark,

As above, but as you are doing track days I would be inclined to go for the 10w-50, even though you are running low engine temps.

For the gearbox we recomend a good 75w-90 gear oil GL4 and a GL5 SAE90 Diff oil for the rear.

Cheers

Guy.

bga

8,050 posts

175 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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opieoilman said:
bga said:
Hi Gents,

How about the following:

Make: TVR
Model: Chimaera
Year: 1998
Engine type: RV8 4L
Modifications: no engine mods, sports exhaust
Driving style: mixture of city driving & long a-road or motorway trips

I've been recommended valvoline 0-40 semi synth, what do you recommend?

Cheers!


BGA,

We recomend for the RV8 either a 5w-40 or 10w-50 full synthetic depending on use, for you I would look at a good 5w-40.

Valvolin is good however any oil with the 0w rating is going to be a full synthetic, mineral based oils cannot reach this low viscosity.

Hope this helps.

Cheers

Guy.

much obliged

edited to add that in my semi concious state, I meant 10-40 in my original post doh!

>> Edited by bga on Tuesday 24th January 10:50

cerby4.5

1,643 posts

165 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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Just dropped Chim (and oil) off at Austec, so will be interested to see how Trev runs on the Silkoline Pro S 10/50 that you recommended!!
Thanks again for your help!
Scott (Cerby4.5)

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,086 posts

160 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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No problems Scott, let us now how he gets on.

CHeers

Guy.

holmsie

416 posts

150 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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Hi guys!

Make: TVR
Model: T350C
Year: 2003 (53)
Engine type: Speed 6
Driving style: Mainly city driving (some short distance), motorway/a-roads at weekends
For: Engine
Mileage: 10,000

Was using mobil 1 0/40, but recently had a service and they changed it to 15/50 as they said it was a bit thicker.
What's best to use? Plus, is it ok to mix different grades of oil?
Ta!

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,086 posts

160 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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Hi,

Personally I would stick with either a 0w-40 or 5w-40 as recomended by TVR.

Unless you have made some big mods or drive the car hard/track then no need to change viscosity.

Cheers

Guy.

FlipFlopGriff

6,804 posts

171 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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Guy,
On one previous, very long thread, you recommended Silkolene Pro R (15w50) for the Rover V8 as the thicker oil was more suited to the older design and the thinner stuff for the Speed 6 engine.
I have the Pro R and found the car uises much less than the Mobil. Any reason for now recommending 5/40 or 10/50.
Car is a 1997 Griffith 500 with Rover V8. Some engine mods bringing power nearer where it should have been originally (TVR Power Taraka upgrade). Car is used daily - around town and longer runs. Summer use is greater as we're out most weekends too. Driven like a normal car in the main with some harder use at weekends - no track days.
Car runs relatively warm in the summer and cooler in the winter but they all do.
FFG

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,086 posts

160 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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FlipFlopGriff said:
Guy,
On one previous, very long thread, you recommended Silkolene Pro R (15w50) for the Rover V8 as the thicker oil was more suited to the older design and the thinner stuff for the Speed 6 engine.
I have the Pro R and found the car uises much less than the Mobil. Any reason for now recommending 5/40 or 10/50.
Car is a 1997 Griffith 500 with Rover V8. Some engine mods bringing power nearer where it should have been originally (TVR Power Taraka upgrade). Car is used daily - around town and longer runs. Summer use is greater as we're out most weekends too. Driven like a normal car in the main with some harder use at weekends - no track days.
Car runs relatively warm in the summer and cooler in the winter but they all do.
FFG


FFG,

The Pro R 15w-50 is also a good choice, often we recomend 10w-50 over it as it has a slightly better cold start viscosity.

Generally 10w-50/15w-50 is the one to go for, especially if the car is modded, but for a lightly used RV8 in good nick, a 5w-40 can also be used.

Choices, choices.

Cheers

Guy.

FlipFlopGriff

6,804 posts

171 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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Cheers Guy,
Maybe look at the Pro S when the 25 litres of Pro R is used up.
FFG

ms89028

87 posts

190 months

Tuesday 24th January 2006
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Hi,

Chimaera 400 '97. Currently using Valvoline synth oil. It's my weekends and sunny days car so often can stand for a week or so before being driven. I always worry about the oil draining out of the engine into the sump so when I start it I let it tick over for a minute or so to let the oil pressure build up and re-coat moving parts. Would you recommend a different oil from normal to reduce wear or do the modern synths "Stick" to the engine parts and not leave bearings sitting dry ?