best grade of oil for the SR20VE

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Re: best grade of oil for the SR20VE

Postby TheStigP11GT » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:30 am

Would be fine to use that oil mate, its a good quality oil,
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Re: best grade of oil for the SR20VE

Postby 97VZR » Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:16 pm

I would use 5w40 if you can.
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Re: best grade of oil for the SR20VE

Postby TheStigP11GT » Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:01 pm

Stock is 10w40, as harry said, but in saying that to be honest, you will get away with 5w40 if the engine is in good nick
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Re: best grade of oil for the SR20VE

Postby nismo gxi » Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:15 pm

hi guys what would be a good oil grade for south africa i'm from durban and the temperature here is between 27 and 32 degres celcius in summer and between 15 and 23 in winter. our nights almost never reach below 10 degres celcius in winter. very warm place. the mobil 1 that i found in our stores here are a 0w 40.
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Re: best grade of oil for the SR20VE

Postby TheStigP11GT » Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:45 am

I asked opieoils to offer advice on this,
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Re: best grade of oil for the SR20VE

Postby oilman » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:03 am

Durban does get pretty warm, so I'd go for a good synthetic 10w-40. The cooling system should keep the engine at a temp not too far from what it is here, so no need to go for a way thicker oil. I can't remember what oil brands there are available in SA (10 years ago), but I guess Castrol, Shell and Mobil are available?

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Re: best grade of oil for the SR20VE

Postby layllz » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:13 pm

i see, cheers guys. so 10w40 is the official oil for this engine? I've just put in magnatec 10w40 2 weeks ago cuz of everyones previous suggestions but just preparing for next 5k oil change and i want a fully synth...

now i know how bloody complicated reading into oils are...this is one of the sites i've referred to ( http://www.upmpg.com/tech_articles/motoroil_viscosity/ ) and it suggests that the 10w40 and 20w50 viscosities usually have high amounts of VI's in them that shear back under high load so the 10w40 actually becomes like a 30 anyway which is why i wanted to try the castrol edge 5w30...but i may opt for the castrol edge 0w40...any objections? cuz as far as i know the cold visc doesnt really matter as long as you're warming up your engine every time, just really means theres quick oil flow to the engine on cold starts, i've just really paraphrased here so please refer to the site lol if anyone wants to read it :P
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Re: best grade of oil for the SR20VE

Postby sienosr20 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:09 am

Hi Guys

I am new on this forum, just joined today.

Here in Cape Town, South Africa we use SHell Ultra 5w40 for the SR20VE....no issues.

Tried Castrol Edge Sport and Magnetic...both needed to be topped up before the next oil change.

Haven t tried Mobil 1 yet but don't think I will spend that much $ on oil ever :lol:
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Re: best grade of oil for the SR20VE

Postby oilman » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:15 am

layllz wrote:i see, cheers guys. so 10w40 is the official oil for this engine? I've just put in magnatec 10w40 2 weeks ago cuz of everyones previous suggestions but just preparing for next 5k oil change and i want a fully synth...

now i know how bloody complicated reading into oils are...this is one of the sites i've referred to ( http://www.upmpg.com/tech_articles/motoroil_viscosity/ ) and it suggests that the 10w40 and 20w50 viscosities usually have high amounts of VI's in them that shear back under high load so the 10w40 actually becomes like a 30 anyway which is why i wanted to try the castrol edge 5w30...but i may opt for the castrol edge 0w40...any objections? cuz as far as i know the cold visc doesnt really matter as long as you're warming up your engine every time, just really means theres quick oil flow to the engine on cold starts, i've just really paraphrased here so please refer to the site lol if anyone wants to read it :P


If a good quality 10w-40 is used, it's a stable grade that should remain at pretty much the same viscosity until it's changed. Grades like 5w-50, with large viscosity gaps are the ones that really suffer from the effects of shearing.

Cold start protection is one of the most important things an oil does, it's when most of the wear occurs as with most oils there is insufficient oil to protect properly on start up. Increasing the cold flow rate helps to reduce the wear, but using ester based oils that cling to the metal also helps the situation.

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Re: best grade of oil for the SR20VE

Postby oilman » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:16 am

sienosr20 wrote:Hi Guys

I am new on this forum, just joined today.

Here in Cape Town, South Africa we use SHell Ultra 5w40 for the SR20VE....no issues.

Tried Castrol Edge Sport and Magnetic...both needed to be topped up before the next oil change.

Haven t tried Mobil 1 yet but don't think I will spend that much $ on oil ever :lol:


The Shell is a pretty good oil and a 5w-40 would be my choice too.
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