Q&A September 2011

Letters to the Editor Uncategorized


I am having a lot of trouble identifying motorcycle models and engines because the owners don’t know which models they have. For example a Harley rider might tell me he has a Fatboy but doesn’t know the rest of the letters FL ST etc. in the model description or engine size. In the old Powersports Application Guide I could enter the year and make of a motorcycle but leave model and engine size blank and the search would show all models with filter recommendations. The customer and I would then look at the guide together and normally we could figure out what they have. This time the owner is telling me he has a 19 Suzuki Intruder but the current Powersports Application Guide doesn’t show an Intruder model. Would it be possible to modify the Application Guide to allow all models to be shown?

Thanks for considering.

Lynn Peterson

To ensure more accurate recommendations, the Powersports Application Guide no longer shows all models; this helps prevent Dealers and customers from guessing when they are unsure. AMSOIL prefers Dealers and customers contact Technical Services when they are unsure. A Google search of “1986 Suzuki Intruder” can help find the call letters and sizes for this model. In this case, the Su- zuki Intruder is also known as Suzuki GL. According to the Powersports Application Guide, there is a 1986 GL 700 and a GL 750. Both require 10W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil and an EAOM134C or EAOM134 Oil Filter.


Are oil life monitors accurate when using AMSOIL motor oil? I have a vehicle that has AMSOIL in it with just over 3,000 miles but the oil life is at 46% already. It’s not a diesel.

Todd Griesmann

The oil life monitors on most vehicles use a mathematical formula to estimate useful oil life, taking into consideration the miles driven, idle time, frequency of starting and stopping, engine temperatures, etc. They do not test or recognize the quality of the oil. When using an extended-drain AMSOIL synthetic motor oil such as Signature Series or XL, AMSOIL recommends following the oil’s drain recommendations and resetting the monitor if it prematurely indicates the need for an oil change. Because AMSOIL OE is recommended for OEM-recommended drain intervals, the oil life monitor’s oil change recommendations should be followed accordingly.


I am interested in the company’s success rate with large independent commercial fleets and municipal fleets. I understand many of these organizations have the “lowest bidder” system in place. I am presently working with a regional power company with over 500 vehicles that does not subscribe to the lowest bid policy. Additionally what about the smaller company privately owned fleets with five to ten vehicles?

Jeff Johnson

Although AMSOIL Dealers have had considerable success with the larger fleets, these fleets often work with regional jobbers that frequently provide warehouse space, dispensing equipment, fuel discounts or other specialized perks. Medium to smaller fleets provide greater opportunity for Dealers. They are generally overlooked by the regional jobbers, but are always looking for ways to save money. Amsoil products can provide significant cost savings by reducing annual lubricant purchases, minimizing equipment downtime and extending equipment life.


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