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Old 03-15-2019, 03:56 AM
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Who is running this and why?

Also which Rotella as i hear t6 is the best.

Why i ask? I wouldnt mind trying other oil besides mobile 1, i didnt like royal purple and amsoil along with redline are on the list. Rotella just so happen to pop up upon researching, but no current info being used in c5's these days.

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Old 03-15-2019, 04:27 AM
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I used Rotella in my diesel pickup and Goldwing years ago. Good oil but it smelled bad.
Right now I use Quaker State synthetic in my 03 vert. Sometimes it's almost half the price of Mobile 1 and meets the Dexos specs..
I also use it in my Chevy pickup and wife's Hyundai.
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I know that a lot of guys with older muscle cars run the Rotella, because it USED to have the higher levels of ZDPP, which is important for engines with flat tappet cams, However, to the best of my knowledge, Rotella isn't a synthetic oil, first of all, and secondly, C-5 Corvettes have roller lifters, which means that they don't need as high a level of ZDPP in the oil. Also, I seem to recall that the Rotella is also a higher viscosity than what is called for, in a C-5. Therefore, why would you want to use it??
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:01 AM
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I use it in my blown z06 due to **** poor results when I test my oil with other off the shelf brands. I also want the 40 weight due to the added heat generated and if its going to sheer it will sheer to a 30 weight. Once I build my motor I will go back to either Amsoil or Driven, current motor only has so many WOT pulls left at this power level lol

Unless you are heavily modified anything off the shelf will work fine. Send it out to be tested if you want to make sure.

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Old 03-15-2019, 12:44 PM
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I run the Rotella T6 synthetic 5w40 for track use. Full synthetic, good additives package, and I like the 40 weight for the higher track temps.

For a street car, any synthetic 5w30 with a good filter would be fine.

And as mentioned, if you're concerned, or just want to compare, Blackstone labs will do an oil sample analysis for cheap.
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:11 PM
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I've run T6 for years

SV650, RM-Z 250, Turbo MR2, and now my Ford 6.0 (puke)

its cheap, it's good, it's synthetic and I don't suffer oil breakdown as quickly with it
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Oil depends on the engine, if no rollers I use Rotella + ZDD, if rollers any good SYN will work.
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:59 PM
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I use T6 in my 2007 classic one ton dually with a 8.1L big block. Truck just turned 65,000 miles. Low for the year but has a fairly hard drive every October from Phoenix to Tullahoma, Tn., pulling over 12,000 pounds behind it. Truck is run eleven hours per day and has numerous climbs during the trip pushing redline, going from sixth gear down to third. Magnetic drain plug installed, never any metal on it when dropped once a year. Minimal oil consumption for a big block, about a quart each way, rest of year less than half a quart. Seems to work very well with the "cool" temps here in Phoenix during the summer months. No problems with the O2 sensors, being that T6 is marketed as a diesel engine oil.
I have a friend who owns a C6 ZO6. He has enough disposable income that no expense is spared on the car. Has a very expensive engine build with an Edlebrock supercharger. The car is very pampered but is driven very aggressively. He only runs T6.
Just my experience.
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Rotella is great oil. I use it in my dirt bikes, atvs, and tractor. I used to use it in my truck. But for some reason it smells TERRIBLE when it gets hot. I swapped to delvac in my truck and would never consider it in my corvette just because of the smell.

I have had this experience with both the t4 and t6.

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It appears that I learned something....I didn't realize that Rotella now was offered in a synthetic formulation. The last time I looked at a jug of it, it was still a conventional oil.
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