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I’m due for my first service that I will do myself. I know this oil thing has been beat to death on these forums, but I’m looking for some recommendations on oil for my 2012 500 EFI. I’ve always used Mobil 1…or should I use their Polaris PS-4 Plus oil? Also what weight oil would I use with a synthetic?
 

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Polaris doesnt make motor oil, they pay someone to put there label on a bottle..
M1 is a great choice but its expensive.. Im running Rotella T6 in my ranger and i own a happy machine..

The weight question is a interesting one, a few years ago it was 40W now its 50w some dealers stock polaris 2w50 some stock the 40w.. Honest opinion ?? pure marketing.. its a 700cc 4 stroke motor 40w or 50w both work.. remember that these machines eat oil (sheer's down quickly) so in short order your 50 w is a 40 and your 40 is a 30.. I run Rotella 5w40 Syn and dump it and refill between 25-50 hours.. keeping in mind i dont beat my machine up real bad, i rarely haul much more that a little fire wood or trail riding equipment (cooler, rope, ect) if your hard on your machine id say be more conservative with the oil changes.. hope this helped.. I have a fairly lenthy responce n the oil (sticky) on this site.
 

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I missed the sitcky. Thanks!

I'm think'n for the warranty period I might just run the Polaris oil just in case. After that I'll probably seek a Mobil 1 alternitive or maybe Rotella. I know Rotella is a great oil too! Thats what we use in our shop for our diesel trucks as well as Mobil 1.
 

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for sure always cover your @ss while under waranty.. when the waranty is out.. do what makes you happy.. I guess im a risk taker, ive still got two more years of warranty left and im throwing caution to the wind.. No way am i giving Polaris $26.xx for two quarts of oil.. Im also not running a polaris oil filter.. Nap/wix,purolator all work just fine and cost less than half and contain more media (filter paper) inside than standard powersports filters.. anywhoo.. good luck !
 

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I have heard a lot of people using Rotella in many types of side by sides. I am going to have make that decision soon also. Still have a warranty on mine also.

How about the diff fluids? I change mine nearly every time I change my oil.
 

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I have heard a lot of people using Rotella in many types of side by sides. I am going to have make that decision soon also. Still have a warranty on mine also.

How about the diff fluids? I change mine nearly every time I change my oil.
Depends, my machines manual says change all fluids annualy.. "and to use ONLY Polaris fluids) Again.. Polaris doesnt make fluids.. just pays to put there sticker on someone elses bottles.. depending on how your using your machine and how often your changing your oil you might be overdoing it a bit..

The manufacturer doesnt put a timeframe on there diff of or gearbox.. just says "annualy"

My pickup gets fresh diff fluid every 30,000 miles and thats very conservative.. you do the math.....

Polaris just like many others wants more customer dollars.. They dont make coolant, or oil, or any other fluid.. but by putting there name on someone elses product and charging you $26.00 for two quarts of oil or $10-14 for a oil filter.. tehres a HUGE profit margin to be made..

Do a little research and youl find that your paying out the "ying-yang" for nothing special at all.. keep dollars in your pocket, cross-reference fluids, filters, ect and keep some cash.. put it towards your next machine :cool:

Ive not bought a "powersports/OEM" filter for my Ranger, YZF R1, Ninja, Garden tractor in 3-4 years now.. and all these machines live healthy long lives on HDEO motor oil and automotive car filters.. fyi, Rant over:p
 

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Guys; The big oil outfits ( and maybe Polaris) won't love this, but here is a methodoligy that I have followed with 100% success over a long period of time. It also meets just about any legal test as well regarding lubes.
- Step 1: get your manufacturers oil specifications
- Step 2: Go on the internet and search for API or other OIL rating services and check which oils meet the specs in step 1.
- Step 3: Get the oil and filter from which ever company meets OR exceeds the Step one specs,
- Step 4: Save your reciepts.
- Step 5: Change the oil IAW your manufaturers instructions.
- Step 6: Don't abuse you machine, run hard, don't abuse it.

We all have favourites in oils, I have used synthics for a long time with great results so I am biased. In Cummings, IH and most North American vehicles I used Shell Rotella and the BEST filters I could find. In my VWs I have always used ELF (often sold here as TOTAL) and usually a Mahn filter, it is quite possibly the highest rated oil made, period. I have never lost and engine, some of my skidders had 20,000hrs on them and I usually run my VWs 5 or 600,000. A bit of research will answer a lot of questions for you.

Also note that as a rule full synthetic oils ( with proper filters) can double your change intervals (or more) thus off setting higher purchase prices.
 

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I have used Rotella T synthetic in 2 Suzuki King quads (450axi/750axi) for over 7 years with great success. Both machines still run great.
 

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I have used the Rotella T as well and it does well. Another oil that I actually like better than the Rotella T is Castrol 5w-50 synthetic. On paper it has better wear properties. Also it actually seems to run quieter with this oil. JMHO
 

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I'm using Mobil 1 5w50 right now. I have also used Mobil 1 15w50, Napa store brand 15w50, and Quaker State 5w50. They all worked great, but the 5w50s definitely cranked over easier during the winter.

I would stick with a 5w50 for use in cold weather, if only to be easier on your poor starter when you crank it up. If you only use your machine during fair weather, 10/15w50 would be fine and should shear less during hard use.
 

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Where's the best place to go to cross-reference your filter
These filters will fit all:
Magnum, xpedition, Trail Boss, Xplorer, Scrambler, Diesel, Sportsman and Ranger models



These Oil Filters have 20 x 1.5mm threads, 14 psi by-pass valve, anti-drain back valve, 2.3" O.D. gasket 2.5" to 3.5" long.
If you have the room, I recommend the longer filters.

Motorcycle Filters.
AC Delco PF2135
AMSOil SMF103 <----Old Part Number, new filter part number ---> EAOM103
Carquest 85358
FRAM PH6017A
Honda 15410-MCJ-000
K&N KN-204, about $13. Metric nut on end for easy removal.
NAPA Gold 1358
Purolator ML16817. Imported, not made by Purolator.
STP SMO 17
WIX 51358
WIX PS1358

Recommended filters. All have superior filtering.
About 2.5 inches long.
Purolator Pure One PL14612, about $6.
Mobil M1-108, about $12. Made by Champion.
Bosch 3300, about $6. Made by Champion.

About 3.25 inches long.
Purolator Pure One PL14610, about $6.
Mobil 1 M1-110, about $10. Made by Champion.
Bosch 3323, about $6. Made By Champion.
WalMart SuperTech ST7317,about $2. Made by Champion.

Buy these filters Automobile Filters, about 2.5 inches long.
AC Delco PF1237
Baldwin B1400
Firestone TF2876
Hastings LF113
NAPA Gold 1365
Purolator L14612
STP S-02876
WalMart SuperTech ST6607
WIX 51365



Automobile Filters, about 3.5 inches long.
AC Delco PF-2057
Auto Pro 2356
Autopride CF240AP
Baldwin B1402 Long is B1431, shorter is B1400
Carquest 85356
Carquest Red B4620
Casite CF240
Castrol 7317
Champion Labs Ph2867
Defense Filters Dl7317
Deutsch D-370
Federated Filters LF240F
Fram PH6607


Automobile Filters, about 3.25 inches long.
Fram Double Guard DG7317
Fram PH7317
Fram Tough Guard TG7317
Fram Xtra Guard XG7317
Group 7 V4610
Group 7 V4620
Hastings LF240
Mighty M4612
Motorcraft Long Life FL-821
Napa FIL1356
Napa Gold 1356
Parts Plus PH2867
Pennzoil PZ-109
Penske 7317
Powerflo SL14610
Powerflo SL14620
Pro Gauge PGO-4620
Pro Tec 164
Promotive PH4610
Pronto PO3593A
Purolator L14610
Service Champ OF-4622
Shell SH48
Shell SH529
Stp S-02867.
Valvoline VO50
Warner PH2867
Wix 51356
Wix PS1358 (specific for ATV's)


Personally I use this.
 
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