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Opie Oils advice

Postby GeoffSmith » Sat 21.05.2011, 12:52

The Castrol TAF-X 75W90 gearbox oil (listed as the only recommended oil in the S2 handbook) is listed as discontinued by Opie. How long are stocks likely to last and does anyone know if Lotus are looking into a suitable replacement?

NB This is a new topic area for any technical queries that Opie Oils may be able to help with.
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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby Monty » Sun 22.05.2011, 15:32

Think long as it`s 75W90 then any will do :?
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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby Dico » Sun 22.05.2011, 22:47

Redline MTL all day every day. Not cheap but only needs changing every 60,000 miles.
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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby esprit888 » Mon 23.05.2011, 01:16

Same goes for Royal Purple, Impulse RS is on the list.

Dico wrote:Redline MTL all day every day. Not cheap but only needs changing every 60,000 miles.
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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby dapinky » Mon 23.05.2011, 12:37

Dico wrote:Redline MTL all day every day. Not cheap but only needs changing every 60,000 miles.


At the mileage you do, second-hand chip fat would last for years!!!!
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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby rip » Mon 23.05.2011, 13:01

dapinky wrote:
Dico wrote:Redline MTL all day every day. Not cheap but only needs changing every 60,000 miles.


At the mileage you do, second-hand chip fat would last for years!!!!


What do you mean? Beastie has been driven once in the last month....allegedly.
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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby Specky » Wed 01.06.2011, 20:25

I've checked it out in our good book... It's cheap and cheerful gearbox oil, (by our standards) I'll send you a PM with the specs and alternatives... And the worst thing... I've thrown gallons of the stuff away...

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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby Monty » Wed 01.06.2011, 22:27

Since the topic is Opie Oils advice

A few years ago i asked them which oil to go for since doing trackdays and they said not to go higher than 10w/50 as our engine doesn`t get to the high temps required for 10w/60, but on there website it recomends 10w/60 on there website :?

IMHO i wouldn`t go higher than the 10w/50
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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby surfboardfiller » Wed 01.06.2011, 23:50

Monty wrote:Since the topic is Opie Oils advice

A few years ago i asked them which oil to go for since doing trackdays and they said not to go higher than 10w/50 as our engine doesn`t get to the high temps required for 10w/60, but on there website it recomends 10w/60 on there website :?

IMHO i wouldn`t go higher than the 10w/50


We had this debate and came to the conclusion that I was right and everyone else said I was wrong apart from dapink.
The debate happened on the group buy thread which was helpfully hidden inside the Castle Combe thread, so no one else could benefit from this starling yet useful discovery. So you missed it.
Less importantly, pinky pointed out that the grading for the Gear Box oil is a different system to how it used to be when it made sense, now it's gone yank so no one knows what anything means any more apart from 5w/300 = 75w-90 Stupid isn't it!?
I'm not sure if I'm more confused by the change or by the fact that someone thought it was a good idea to change. :roll:
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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby GeoffSmith » Thu 02.06.2011, 13:15

surfboardfiller wrote:We had this debate and came to the conclusion that I was right and everyone else said I was wrong apart from dapink.

No we didn't - I pointed out that the specs for engine oil and gearbox oil are different!

surfboardfiller wrote:The debate happened on the group buy thread which was helpfully hidden inside the Castle Combe thread, so no one else could benefit from this starling yet useful discovery. So you missed it.

Are you sure? :D
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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby surfboardfiller » Thu 02.06.2011, 15:21

GeoffSmith wrote:
surfboardfiller wrote:We had this debate and came to the conclusion that I was right and everyone else said I was wrong apart from dapink.

No we didn't - I pointed out that the specs for engine oil and gearbox oil are different!

surfboardfiller wrote:The debate happened on the group buy thread which was helpfully hidden inside the Castle Combe thread, so no one else could benefit from this starling yet useful discovery. So you missed it.

Are you sure? :D


Ah, thread fiddler is it now!

Your thread fiddler nanites failed to eat all the evidence, there is still a trace of your dastardly deed in one of my quotes! :poke:

I love the way every post headder on the group buy still says Castle combe! :lol:
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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby tigerdog » Thu 02.06.2011, 16:43

Amazingly, this topic was debated at length in 2006, before I even joined the board. Final consensus was Redline MTL would work but Redline MT-90 is a closer match to the Lotus spec and also fits the requirements obtained from Quaife for those of us with limited slip diffs. Check out the transmission fluid thread.
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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby Dico » Thu 02.06.2011, 17:27

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Re: Opie Oils advice

Postby L.G. » Tue 05.07.2011, 01:57

No one seems to have mentiıned Mobil 75W-90. I've been using it for a year and some more now. No problems to report.
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Confirming Redline MT-90...

Postby tigerdog » Sat 19.11.2011, 18:57

...works a treat. Changed out Smaug's transmission and immediately noticed a decrease in transmission/gear noise and better shifting. Not sure what was in before but love the results of the change. Also suggest this thread be renamed to "transmission oil" or something similar to avoid new threads on the same subject.
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