There’s no specific “best oil”, most of two stroke oil is preference. While some oils have drawbacks, they still do the job as they should. This list is a semi-comprehensive view on what oils might be best for you. So in no particular order, here are some options that might be best for you! Come on a journey as I try to navigate the “Oil Gauntlet”.
First off, we need to cover some details so you'll have a chance in the oil gauntlet when you form your own opinion on oil and express it on line. Read up, it's important! Two stroke oils come in 3 versions: Dino,Caster,Synthetic. The first part of the blog will deal with Dino oils, while the second half will deal with Synthetic/Caster oils. Dino - A product of nature,i.e. Pulled from the ground. Caster - A vegetable fatty acid based oil, similar to many other vegetable oil derived oils from the beans of plants. Synthetic - An oil that can be derived from nearly any source e.g. crude oil, vegetable oils, petroleum wax, pyrolysis of waste materials Other words worth mentioning:
Ester oil - is synthetic base oil that has been chemically synthesized. Synthesized - To make something from something else. (When speaking about oil.)
The first part of this blog is for Conventional/Dino oil. Scroll down for synthetics. 1. Maxima - Scooter 2T - This oil is my personal favorite, and use it in all of my <10,500 RPM two stroke applications. Dino based 2-stroke engine oil designed to ensure optimum protection and performance for scooters and mopeds. Clean burning, low-smoke formulation utilizes high quality base stocks and anti-wear additives to protect critical engine parts while helping to control engine temperatures. Advanced, low-ash additive system minimizes carbon build up while preventing rust, corrosion and wear.
- Clean burning while providing excellent protection to all engine parts
- Exceeds API-TC and all manufacturer's specifications
- Use as premix or in oil injector systems
- Premix per manufacturer's recommendations
2. Spectro 2T with BMW motorrad using Spectro as their own branded oil until 2010, (when they started cutting cost) you really can’t go wrong with this stuff. It’s high quality with a great track record. Spectro 2T is a premium quality Dino two-stroke engine lubricant, formulated with high density petroleum base stocks . - High density petroleum base stocks and our exclusive additives to provide exceptionally high levels of protection and clean operation at all temperatures
- Meets JASO FB and API-TC standards
- Reduces exhaust port deposits
- Guards against piston seizure
3. Amsoil Saber - As you can imagine in the world of those who ride mopeds because they are different, are those folks who might have an issue with anything “mainstream” because it’s "too trendy". In reality, you can not deny the amazing track record Amsoil has with it’s VERY extensive line of oils. If you think running Amsoil Dominator is the right choice for your moped, I would suggest heading back to the drawing board. An oil meant for high revving, high temp, race engines is certainly not going to make your engine do any back flips or magic tricks. Instead you might get the opposite, dealing with heavy smoke and high carbon deposits and a oozy tail pipe! (We'll leave the oozy tail pipe to those WOW! Potato chips...) Here's the following reasons as to why Amsoil Saber made the list as #3. - SABER Professional provides the additional benefit of fuel stabilization to help prevent fuel from deteriorating during storage and causing poor engine performance. - There is no need to add an additional fuel stabilizer when putting equipment into seasonal storage.
- Excellent lubricity and cleanliness properties - Controls friction and helps prevent wear, plug fouling, ring sticking and exhaust port blocking
- Smokeless, delivers fewer emissions at 80:1 and 100:1 mix ratios. - Stabilizes fuel for off-season storage -Delivers outstanding protection and performance at lean mix ratios - Anti-rust formulation counteracts the damp environments often encountered in two-stroke applications
Now onto the SYNTHETICS!! 1. Golden Spectro Semi-Synthetic - This stuff crossed my path when a customer sold me their bike and left it under the seat. After doing my research, I found out this was one of the oils that helped Spectro get their feet under them! That’s quite the testament and fact that it’s still around to prove a point again, is enough for me to have it mentioned on this list. Straight from their website - Golden Spectro Two-Cycle Pre-mix Blend (not ok for oil injection models) is the two-cycle engine lubricant that built our reputation. Probably the winningest oil out there. Because we significantly reduce excessive solvents (present in most two-cycle blends), running Golden Spectro® Two-Cycle Pre-Mix Blend at leaner ratios provides a higher level of detonation protection, stops plug fouling and smoking. Use according to motorcycle manufacturers’ recommendations, or at 50:1; this product exceeds API TC test requirements. Not for use in oil injection systems.
2. Motul 710 2T OFF ROAD - KTM’s choice brand for both their 2T and 4T models, Motul comes in as a heavy hitter! If KTM trust this stuff in their high strung motors, I have absolutely no issues sneaking some of this stuff in my Pre-mix line up for mopeds, haha! Motul 710 (Useless info: Backwards and upside down spells OIL) is full synthetic designed for motors of lower rpms i.e. Chainsaw, Leaf blowers, weed wackers, oh and guess who...MOPEDS. Here are the details directly from their site. For oil-injection or premix motors
- Meets API-TC, JASO FC-FD, ISO-L-EGD standards
- JASO FD is the newest standard, which ensures a clean engine and low smoke Tons of rave reviews for this oil can be found on Amazon with even some entertainment including quoting Joe Dirt the movie “Puts the oils on the skin!” Oh Amazon..
3. Maxima Premium 2 - As you guessed it, Maxima makes this second list with it’s synthetic version for low RPM motors. We stock this at the shop and are sure to share our love for it! Premium 2 is a clean burning synthetic blend of high-performance polyolester, polybutene and petroleum base stocks along with ashless additives that provide outstanding anti-wear / anti-scuff protection and virtually no carbon deposits.
- NMMA TC-W3 Premium 2's environmentally friendly formula is extremely "low smoke" and will keep rings and power valves free and operating at peak performance.
- Exceeds API TC, ISO-E-GD and JASO-FC standards and all OEM requirements.
- Premium 2 has a pour point of -50F, so it is recommended for use in snowmobiles as well as outboard motors, personal watercraft, motorcycles, karts and ATV's.
-Can be mixed at gasoline / oil ratios of 20:1 to 60:1 as recommended by the equipment manufacturer.
So as most of you know, this list is by far close to comprehensive. This compilation is constructed in a way to give new owners and maybe old owners as well, an insight as to what is actually a proper oil to run in your “low” RPM moped/scooter engine. Thus, helping you prevent carbon build up, tail pipe dripping, oil pump leak-by and possible coagulation from a 2T oil not designed for moped use. I designed this list with only a few choices, as to not overwhelm new owners when it comes to picking out an oil. Rest assured that ANY two stroke oil from this list is a GREAT choice for your moped (As long as you pre-mix your fuel). If you are unsure on how to premix oil and gasoline, check out this blog over HERE! Some oils in this list are not suitable for oil injection systems. I have done my best to make note of these. Be sure to check prior to ordering!! So lastly, save your oil banter for our forums, here! We just love oil chat! Not really. -_- Just get out there and ride!
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