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 Posted: Sep 5, 2022 03:15AM
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What weight Rotella do you use?

 Posted: Aug 29, 2022 12:57PM
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It looks like Brad Penn is now called PennGrade 1. I’ve been using Brad Penn for a while. I’ve not purchased any with the new name. Still seems the same.

 Posted: Aug 28, 2022 05:47AM
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That may well be the reason my local and usual Brad Penn sources no longer offer that product. I'll need to quiz them about Drive. It sounds like the same stuff. Their break-in oil was used on my two rebuilds, and I always stuck with their 20/50 after that before they stopped carrying it. 

 Posted: Aug 26, 2022 08:58AM
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I switched away from VR1 per my engine builders recommendation. Calver was noticing a lot of build up in engines using it and did some research to see they changed their formula. There was much more into than that but that is the short of it. He recommended Drive oil. It used to be under the Brad Penn name. They make break in oil and regular that suits our minis...and its green!! ha. Been running it since and after a strip down (pulled motor for another reason so might as well have a look) the internals were mint.

 Posted: Aug 23, 2022 08:25PM
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I also switched to Valvoline VR1 20/50 Racing Oil several years ago when the Castrol GTX 20/50 became hard to find in my area. An added bonus with our Mini is the Valvoline product actually improved the shifting of the remote gearbox (smoother gear engagement). Has anyone else that made the change to VR1 had similar results with their transmission?

 Posted: Aug 23, 2022 10:22AM
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This answer has a video to watch of which suggested oil to go with and why. For your viewing pleasure: SMCO Classic Mini 101 - Oil Change

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Simple recipe for Excitement:  Take 1 Classic Mini. Throw in 1590cc's of engine. Add 5 gears. A dash of 94 octane. A sprinkle of style inside and out. Toss in 1 MadMan and finally heat tires and pavement to taste. Recipe produces 1 Mini VTEC conversion and full satisfaction. Motor on!
 Posted: Aug 22, 2022 05:40PM
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I use Rotella - started down that path as I used Rotella in various boats over the years. Easier to just go to the tractor supply place (usually the cheapest source) and buy 2.5 or 5 gal at a time.  Last boat took 2x15qts so the mini just got the leftovers.......  I also like the high zinc. 
Kim

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Hi, recently Castrol introduced a "Classic" line of hi zinc oil in their GTX 20 / 50. I can only tell you it is marketed to those wanting the hi zinc, and I'm not a lubrication engineer. But, since you'd mentioned the old GTX, it might be worth checking it out. $22.47 on Amazing On, and with Prime, you can get free shipment.

I've heard good things about the VR-1 line as well. Locally, it is quite expensive. Still, any of these oils are a lot less than engine work!

Please also consider the magnetic oil traps and plugs as well. Best, MSH

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 Posted: Aug 22, 2022 08:31AM
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Thanks Scargo! That is what I have heard from a number of people.  Sounds like a plan to me.

 Posted: Aug 22, 2022 07:07AM
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MIke,

For the longest time I used Brad Penn 20/50 for its high zinc content. Because of local availability issues, I have recently switched to Valvoline VR1 20/50 Racing Oil which also has significant zinc content.

 Posted: Aug 22, 2022 03:38AM
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Hi All,
I know this has probably been asked a million times before, but what oil do you prefer using in your classic Mini. I have a SPI Japan spec Mini. I have been using Shell Rotella T6 5w/40. Its actually a diesel oil, but it has lots of zinc in it. I used to use Castrol GTX 20w/50 but they took the zinc out. 
I am probably going to get a million different answers for this...but...