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What type of oil does a 2004 Harley Davidon XL 1200 Sportster Custom take. Will Royal Purple Max Cycle 10W30 work?

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    Thank you for your help I really appreciate it.

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No, but the Royal Purple Max Cycle 20W50 will if they offer that. All Sportsters and Big Twin Harley's use 20W50 oil.

Good Luck
Steve

Posted on Oct 06, 2010

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    wd4ity Oct 07, 2010

    You're welcome. Around here, Amsoil is a preferred brand. You can also use Mobil V-Twin and RevTech oil. Harley used to recommend that any oil rated suitable for use in diesel engines of 20W50 viscosity was alright. Now, there are a few that I've heard caused the clutch to slip. I don't know why any should cause this however. Maybe their clutches needed adjusting and they thought it was the oil.

  • Tom Sorg May 15, 2011

    I use Pennzoil 20/50 have 90k and bike still runs stong but I do change it every 3k put a slick50 in every 25k If Harley wanted you to run Synthetic it would come from the factory like that......Just my opinion.

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