Update- January, 2018- Briggs & Stratton/AMSOIL Synthetic 4T Kart Racing Oil Now Available In Canada

Canadian Kart racers may feel left out about the fact that AMSOIL has yet to release the Briggs 4T Synthetic Racing Oil to the Canadian market. Briggs 4T Racing Oil was the culmination of a joint effort between Briggs & Stratton and AMSOIL Inc. Briggs needed a bulletproof engine oil that could handle the rigors of their Animal and Raptor kart racing engines and AMSOIL used their expertize to create the outstanding 4T product.

Four-stroke kart engines from manufacturers like Briggs and Honda are splash-lubed, air-cooled and run at engine speeds upwards of 12 000 RPM. They tend to run exceptionally hot and are prone to engine damage from oil foaming. After extensive testing, Briggs/AMSOIL Synthetic 4T Racing Oil was released to give kart owners a performance boost and a reliable measure of protection for their four-stroke racing engines.

So Why Isn’t Briggs 4T Racing Oil Imported Into Canada?

Quite simply, as this is niche product, the demand isn’t great enough to cover the Canadian labeling costs. The development and process costs involved with making labels compliant with the Canadian market are quite significant. Therefore at this time, it simply isn’t viable for AMSOIL to bring this racing oil north of the border.

AMSOIL Dominator® Synthetic 10W-30 Racing OilSo What Can AMSOIL Offer For Four-Stroke Kart Engines in Canada?

A no-compromise alternative to the AMSOIL/Briggs 4T Racing Oil is AMSOIL Dominator 10W-30 Synthetic Racing Oil. The viscosity between the two products is very similar and the chemistry of Dominator is more than compatible with kart engines.

So for kart use,  is Dominator 10W-30 a step down from Briggs 4T Racing Oil? Absolutley not. Briggs 4T Racing Oil was formulated to meet Briggs & Stratton’s specifications and to solve their laundry list of mechanical issues that were common to these engines when substandard oil was used. The AMSOIL/Briggs 4T Racing Oil provides rock-solid reliability as well as a performance upgrade.

On the other hand, Dominator 10W-30 is built to AMSOIL’s racing oil specs. It is a full-blown, no-holds-barred “works” racing engine oil. In fact we could argue that it is overbuilt. Therefore Dominator can easily withstand all of the mechanical obstacles of kart racing and then some.

So fear not Canadian kart racers. Despite the fact that we can’t offer Briggs 4T Racing oil up here, we can offer a product that will give you everything that the 4T oil delivers and then some. Request a price list using the form on your upper right. We ship from Mississauga in the East and Edmonton in the West.

Occasionally we receive a inquiries from ultralight aircraft owners about our AMSOIL Synthetic Two-Stroke Oils. As ultralights are commonly powered by two-stroke engines, owners often hear good things about our products from internet message boards and even from engine builders. It should be known that AMSOIL strictly prohibits the sale of their products for aviation purposes. They do not endorse and will not warrant any AMSOIL product mistakenly or intentionally used in an aviation application.  Therefore Oildepot.ca will not sell any AMSOIL product to anyone who wishes to use these products for such use.

You may hear misstatements about AMSOIL Saber Professional and Interceptor Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil being acceptable alternatives for ultralight engines. This perception is absolutely false and completely rejected by AMSOIL Inc.

You can pretty much imagine why this would be the case. For such a small market, AMSOIL does not need the legal headaches that invariably come along every time there is a mishap. AMSOIL was founded by A.J. Amatuzio who was a respected military aviator and the company even produced a specific oil for aircraft for a short while in their early years. But legal hassles tend to rain on a lot of parades, so that concept came to an abrupt end. This lead to a policy strictly prohibiting the use of AMSOIL products in aircraft engines and naturally this extends to ultralights to this day.

I’m sure you can understand our position. Safe travels to you this summer.




AMSOIL Synthetic CVT FluidAMSOIL has just released a Synthetic CVT Fluid for “continuously variable transmissions”. This product will be a replacement fluid for most all major automakers using CVT’s. CVT transmissions have been prevalent in Nissan vehicles for several years now and other brands such as Honda, Toyota, Dodge, Subaru and Suzuki have been integrating this technology. AMSOIL has used their vast synthetic oil expertise to create a CVT Fluid that is an upgrade over OEM fluids at a very reasonable price. The new fluid will be available in US quart bottles or 9.45 litre jugs.

How Does a CVT Transmission Work?

The basic concept of the CVT has been prevalent in snowmobile and some industrial applications for generations. Automakers have moved to this technology for the smooth operation and fuel economy benefits. This video produced by Suzuki Motors gives a brief overview of the concept.

What Tasks Does a CVT Fluid Perform?

A CVT fluid’s main task is to prevent wear in drive belts (or chains), pulleys, clutches and bearings.  Another chore is to provide cooling for transmission components. It is vital that the CVT fluid is able to conduct these tasks without interfering with the torque transfer duties of the transmission.

Nissan NS-2 vs. AMSOIL Synthetic CVT Fluid

As Nissan is one of the forerunners in CVT technolgy, AMSOIL performed comparison testing with their Synthetic CVT Fluid versus Nissan NS-2 CVT Fluid. In the FZG ASTM D-5182 anti-wear test, AMSOIL CVT achieved 11 load stages, while NS-2 CVT Fluid only survived for 7 passes before failing.

Another test was the JASO LVFA Anti-Shudder Durability Test. In this trial,  AMSOIL Synthetic CVT Fluid survived a testing interval that was six times that of Nissan NS-2.

Where Can I Buy AMSOIL Synthetic CVT Fluid in Canada or the US?

Oildepot can offer this product shipped from the closest of 2 warehouses in Canada or 11 in the United States. Simply request a price list using the form on your right or call us at 1-800-748-5781.