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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:57 pm 
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Getting the right oil for gearboxes, diffs and transfer boxes can be tricky, so please ask here if there is any information that you need.

To help us to give the most accurate advice possible we do need some information about your car. e.g.
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What recommendation are you looking for? Gearbox, diffs, limited slip diffs, transfer boxes etc

Any oil we recommend is available to buy from us (if you would like to) for delivery throughout the UK and many destinations Worldwide. We offer a really extensive range of oils and lubricants from 11 major oil manufacturers at prices much lower than the high street and main dealers. We stock oils and fluids that meet pretty much all manufacturers and international specifications. Our brands include, Silkolene, Fuchs, Gulf, Castrol, Motul, Mobil, Millers Oils, Shell, Valvoline, Amsoil and Redline.

Plus, as the Club is a member of our club discount scheme you can get discounts of at least 10% across our entire range.

To redeem your 10% club discount simply use the following club discount code at the checkout.

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Once the code is added at the checkout you will then receive your extra 10% club discount. However this discount code cannot be used in conjunction with other offer codes, BUT the code can be used in conjunction with any of our offers on this page HERE that do not require offer codes.

Any questions please ask here or contact us via email at sales@opieoils.co.uk

Finally, if there are any products we don't stock and you have difficulty getting hold of elsewhere, let us know and we'll see if we can stock them.

We look forward to being of help!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:29 pm 
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Awaits the first c900 request :corn:

Actually...

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Performance Modifications: Minor increase in boost to ~175bhp
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:39 pm 
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Awaits the first c900 request :corn:




Contentious issue!!!

Be interesting to see the opinion of oilman for the C900 :corn:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:19 pm 
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Car Model: vauxhall astra mk3 with b204L
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Model:900
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Manual/Auto: manual
Performance Modifications: 400 bhp
Driving style: (road / off-road / track etc.) road and track use

got a AP suretrac diff fitted with 6 paddle clutch

what you guys recommend ??

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:23 pm 
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I've made this a sticky (because I really don't know what to do with it at the moment. I'd put it in the knowledge base if anyone went there!)

Our thanks to Tim for contributing this.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:30 pm 
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there is a knowledge base ?????????????

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:14 pm 
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Toe wrote:
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Awaits the first c900 request :corn:




Contentious issue!!!

Be interesting to see the opinion of oilman for the C900 :corn:

Advice will be carry a shopping bag and dustpan and brush :lol: there not as bad as some make out in all fairness got to remember the boxs others are putting back in are used and pretty much got 100k on atlreast , i have never smashed one and i abuse them well .

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:09 am 
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Hi

I'm guessing that you've had your fair share of issues with the 900 gearbox. What oils have you been using, what problems have you had and how long do you leave the oil in between changes?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:01 pm 
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i Run RED LINE High Performance Synthetic Gear Oil 75W-85 and never had issues changed every 5k .

Gearbox was just not designed to take the power but everyone says they wont even take 200bhp without blowing , i have ran same box for 2 years with plenty of abuse and no issues , gearbox was rebuilt prior to instal .

many install 2nd gearbox that no doubt got 100k on them and wonder why they go pop .

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:51 pm 
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I'm guessing that you've had your fair share of issues with the 900 gearbox. What oils have you been using, what problems have you had and how long do you leave the oil in between changes?

Cheers

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Honda MTF. Only done 14k in the car so still the original fill from that. But a LOT of people say the oil you use makes a big difference. It's a VERY contentious subject :twisted:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:15 pm 
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I wouldn't say it's the brand that matters, but the quality. The Honda MTF is okay, not the best and not the worst. The Redline 75w-85 is a really good one, as good quality as anything on the market.

As the standard spec (according to my data) is a 10w-30 for the gearbox, I'd go for a 70w-80 or 75w-80 as they work out about the same in viscosity. It also means that there is a much better selection of gear oils than if you went for 10w-30 as that is an engine oil grade and the only 10w-30 gear oil I can think of is a mineral one designed for bikes.

My choice would be the Redline MTL, Amsoil MTF or Fuchs Sintofluid.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-670-75w-80- ... fluid.aspx

All three are top oils, well proven in many applications. If you have an aftermarket LSD fitted, I'd go for the Sintofluid as it's aGL5, so better at coping with diffs than the GL4 oils.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:21 pm 
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Thanks Tim. Do any of those EP as apparently they're bad for the boxes?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:56 am 
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They do have the EP additives, but they are nothing to be concerned about. The Honda MTF and Redline 75w-85 have EP additives and they are not causing problems.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:42 pm 
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The Honda MTF was never officially recommended and no one has ever done any proper tests on it hence a little nervous about using it :)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:55 pm 
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If you are really worried and want to stick with the standard choice, it's a 10w-30 mineral oil. The only gearbox one that we have is the Motul Transoil 10w-30.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-934-motul-t ... lutch.aspx

It's a bike oil, mainly used in dirtbikes, but is fine for cars. Being a mineral oil, it will need changing more often than a synthetic.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:52 pm 
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Make:saab
Model:900
Year:1996
Manual/Auto: manual
Performance Modifications: 400 bhp
Driving style: (road / off-road / track etc.) road and track use

got a AP suretrac diff fitted with 6 paddle clutch

what you guys recommend ??

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:41 am 
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My choice would be the Redline MTL, Amsoil MTF or Fuchs Sintofluid.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-670-75w-80- ... fluid.aspx

All three are top oils, well proven in many applications. If you have an aftermarket LSD fitted, I'd go for the Sintofluid as it's aGL5, so better at coping with diffs than the GL4 oils.

Cheers

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:28 pm 
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oilman wrote:
My choice would be the Redline MTL, Amsoil MTF or Fuchs Sintofluid.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-670-75w-80- ... fluid.aspx

All three are top oils, well proven in many applications. If you have an aftermarket LSD fitted, I'd go for the Sintofluid as it's aGL5, so better at coping with diffs than the GL4 oils.

Cheers

Tim



i know its a manual box in the 900 but saab recommend a 10w30 gearbox oil would this still be suitable

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:38 pm 
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A 10w-30 is roughly equivalent to a 75w-80 gear oil in viscosity terms and a gear oil is more suited to gearbox use than an engine oil, so that's why I recommend a 70w-80 or 75w-80 rather than a 10w-30. You could use the Motul Transoil 10w-30 which is aimed at bikes (but no problem to use it in a car) if you really want to use a 10w-30 gear oil, but it's not as high spec as the ones I mentioned previously.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-934-motul-t ... lutch.aspx

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