Our customer Bill M. recently installed an AMSOIL Oil By-Pass Oil Filter System on the 5.9L Cummins engine of his 2003 Dodge 2500. Bill did a great job on this project, so we thought we’d post his photos and share some of the details of his installation. Hooking up an oil by-pass filter system on the newer 6.7L Cummins engine is identical to this process, but the mounting location in the engine bay may vary.

The advantages of oil by-pass filtration to Bill’s engine include an oil filtration improvement of between 1500 to 2500 percent. The ultra-dense by-pass filter media slowly filters the oil to remove particles less than one micron in size. The result is reduced engine wear and vastly longer oil change intervals. A bonus benefit is an oil capacity increase of around 1.5 quarts.

Before embarking on this project, Bill had to decide whether to purchase a single remote or a dual-remote by-pass system. A single remote system utilizes a stand-alone by-pass oil filter. With a single remote system, the engine’s stock full-flow oil filter remains in place and operates as normal. A dual-remote oil by-pass filter system mounts both the by-pass filter and full-flow oil filter in one location. The engine oil is drawn and returned through an adapter on the full-flow oil filter location.

Bill opted for the single remote system as it is slightly less expensive, takes up less room and is relatively easy to install on Dodge/Cummins engines. Here are the parts needed for installation on his 5.9 litre Cummins engine:

  • Single Remote By-pass Kit (BMK-21)
  • By-Pass Oil Filter Element (EaBP-100)
  • 90-degree JIC Elbow (BP-242)
  • 1/8″ NPT – 1/4″ JIC fitting (BP-241)
  • Billet Aluminum Oil Fill Cap/Oil Return For Dodge/Cummins 5.9L/6.7L (BK-1303)

Bill cleverly designed a mounting bracket that utilized existing threaded holes on the top of the fender and next to the battery, so no drilling on the truck was required. The bracket was welded using 1” angle iron and ¼” X ½” flat iron. The end result is a solid, clean mounting bracket.

An important note to pass along regarding pre-2004 5.9L Cummins single remote installations. In the AMSOIL price list, the BK-1303 Billet Aluminum Oil Cap is stated as being suitable for “2004 and later” 5.9L and 6.7L engines. This information is incorrect. This cap is compatible with pre-2004 5.9L Cummins engines. We initially (and mistakenly) recommended that Bill drill out the stock oil filler cap and install the BP-89 Universal Filler Cap Return Fitting. The ratchet action of the stock filler cap along with its tapered interior made it impossible to correctly install this fitting. AMSOIL Technical Services staff told us that the billet cap was indeed compatible with the 2003 model, so Bill went this route.

Victory Motorcycles first entered the market as an answer to Harley-Davidson’s dominance of the American heavyweight cruiser category back in 1999. This was at a time when Harley was having trouble keeping up with demand and Polaris industries (Victory’s parent company) smelled an opening. As Harley-Davidson brand loyalty is every bit as much about the “Harley lifestyle” as it is about the motorcycles, gaining traction in this marketplace would be no small task. Currently Harley-Davidson commands over 50% of North American motorcycle sales, while Victory holds less than 5%. But as Victory enters their sixteenth season, the company continues to chip away at market share and build doggone beautiful motorcycles.

For 2015, Victory introduces two new models: a bagger called the Magnum and a bobber called the Gunner. A bagger is a touring motorcycle with saddle bags and a bobber is motorcycle with short fenders and a minimalistic design approach.

Victory Magnum

The Magnum is a brand new entry for 2015 that delivers touring performance with style and serious attitude. From the 21-inch front billet wheel to the lowered rear-end, the Magnum strikes a red-blooded pose at first glance. The wild paint, aero profile and booming audio system makes this bagger a touring bike that doesn’t have to ask twice for attention. The audio system on the Magnum is an essential part of the bike’s personality. This sound system boasts 6 speakers with 100 watts of power. The Magnum is powered by Victory’s Freedom 106 V-Twin engine and 6-speed-overdrive transmission. The Magnum is available in standard trim, the Ness Magnum version and the Magnum X-1 (which is available soon as a 2016 model). The Ness Magnum offers a premium paint design from the Arlen Ness company. The X-1 model will include an even crazier sound system with 10 speakers and 200 watts of audio thump.

Retail Prices

  • Magnum $21,999 US ($25,399 Canada)
  • Ness Magnum $22,999 US ($26,499 Canada)
  • Magnum X-1 $24,499 US ($27,999 Canada)

Victory Gunner

The Victory Gunner is a new bobber styled cruiser that combines classic beauty, nimble handling and outstanding power to weight. The Gunner’s most impressive attribute is its vintage-inspired good looks. The powerful curb appeal of the Gunner will be sure to turn heads on every block. The lightweight of the Gunner combined with the torque of the Freedom 106 V-Twin engine makes for a feral riding experience and no of shortage of passing power. The low seat-height and easy-reach cockpit delivers sure-handing at a crawl and at speed. We just did the math and concluded that the Gunner is a winner.

Retail Price

  • Gunner $12,999 US ($15,499 Canada)

A New Synthetic 20W-40 Oil For Victory V-Twin Engines and 6-Speed Transmissions

We have a brand new motorcycle oil in stock that is perfect for Victory motorcycles. Our AMSOIL 20W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil offers several benefits for Victory models. The synthetic formula will provide cooler operation for air-cooled Freedom 106 V-Twin engines. The low friction formula also delivers maximum wear protection and optimum power output. The obvious benefit that the rider may notice is smoother shifting. The shifting of Victory 6-speed transmissions is notoriously noisy and rough in the first few gears. Harley riders have been raving about the shifting improvements from AMSOIL’s motorcycle oils for years we expect that Victory riders will have similar experiences once this oil hits the market.

Feel free to contact us for a wholesale AMSOIL price list using the form on your upper right. We offer fast shipping throughout North America.

AMSOIL DOMINATOR Synthetic 2-Cycle Racing Oil

Does AMSOIL Dominator Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil Cause Internal Engine Rust?

A reader asks: I’ve heard that AMSOIL Dominator 2-Stroke Oil can cause internal engine rust. Is there any truth to this?

Answer: This 100% not true. We have also seen internet chatter suggesting that Dominator Synthetic 2-Stroke Racing Oil causes rust on engine internals like cranks, piston and cylinder walls or at least leaves these parts vulnerable to rust.

AMSOIL Dominator contains hearty anti-rust/corrosion additives, so AMSOIL did their part to protect engines. There absolutely no aspect of the Dominator 2-Cycle formula that can promote rust formation. But can rust still develop, even when using a good two-stroke oil? Yes!

So What Is A Major Cause of Internal Rust in Stored Engines?

The main culprit behind rust formation in engine internals is the alcohol content in gasoline and some racing gas. If someone’s engine has internal rust using Dominator, you can bet that the fuel used is either pump gasoline with ethanol (ethyl alcohol) content or racing fuel with methanol (methyl alcohol) or ethanol.

Alcohol fervently absorbs atmospheric moisture through vents and fuel tanks and gas cans. This moisture makes its way into the engine and during storage can cause destructive engine part rust.

Bottom Line: Any two or four-stroke engine can be prone to internal engine rust if a fuel with alcohol content is used prior to long-term inactivity. That can even include engines using quality two-stroke oils that contain an anti-rust protection.

How Can Internal Engine Rust Be Prevented?

1. Avoid pump gasoline with ethanol content.

Ethanol should be avoided for all small engines and high performance (or racing) two-stroke and four-stroke engines. It gathers moisture which can cause not only rust during storage, but engine seizure during operation. If you are using a race fuel with methanol or other alcohol content, definitely consider the next two points.

2. Fog the engine prior to storage (important!).

Remove that air cleaner and start the engine. Spray engine fogging oil into the intake until the exhaust starts to get smoky. Immediately shut down the engine. Remove the spark plug(s) and spray engine fog into the cylinder(s). Crank over engine to distribute fog oil. This process will go long way toward preventing corrosion inside the engine.

3. Mix in a Fuel Additive.

Some gasoline additives (like the AMSOIL Quickshot that we offer) dissipate moisture so that it can’t be assimilated into alcohol portion of the fuel. Therefore any moisture that does get into the fuel will not collect into significant amounts. Quickshot has detergents that clean up any moisture-related issues and also provides medium-term fuel stabilization.

A Water Spray Bottle and Container of Wet Ones

A simple spray bottle of water and a container of Wet Ones can clean dirty headlights and avert potential danger on the road.

Late winter and early spring is the messiest time of year on our streets and highways. Water, grime and salt spray not only makes a mess of our cars and trucks, it can actually make driving quite hazardous.

We were recently visiting another city and the streets were very wet due to melting snow. Regular shots of windshield washer fluid kept our vision clear for the day, but when we set out for home after dark, it was quite a different story. Once we left the city and started out on a rural highway, it was like our headlights were completely burned out. Our headlights were so coated with grime and salt-spray that they were rendered completely useless.

As soon as possible, we exited on to a side road and cleaned off the headlights with several Wet-Ones hand wipes. This fixed the situation and we were back on the road in no time with a perfectly safe view of the road.

We now make sure that we have a full water spray bottle and a good supply of hand wipes along before venturing off on a road trip. The spray bottle is especially handy for blasting grime off of the following vital items.

  • Headlights
  • Taillights
  • Side mirrors
  • Marker lights
  • Rear view camera lens

These two items can make world of difference so that you can see and be seen at night and during inclement weather.

When it comes to motorcycle makers, many have come and gone over the last century, but one carries a level of prestige and brand loyalty that is truly impressive. The Harley-Davidson brand is as American as Coca-Cola, and is recognized and revered the world over. While the company has had its ups and downs since its humble beginnings in 1903, there is little doubt that the brand has prevailed and is stronger than ever. Let’s take a look at the news and highlights for the 2015 model-year of Harley-Davidson.

Did you know? Harley-Davidson is not the world’s oldest motorcycle company, nor is it the longest continual motorcycle maker? The world’s oldest motorcycle brand is Britain’s Royal Enfield. They were incorporated in 1893 and made motorcycles from 1901 until their demise in 1970. The motorcycle maker that has been producing motorcycles for the longest continuous period is Triumph who started production the year before Harley-Davidson came to be.

For 2015, Harley-Davidson rolls out five new models along with a series of refinements to their line-up that will have Harley aficionados saving their pennies.

New Harley-Davidson Models For 2015

Road Glide

After a year out of the line-up, the touring machine with attitude comes back to Harley dealers. The trademark Road Glide fairing is revamped with a new aerodynamics, striking new looks and the Dual Reflector Daymaker LED headlamp system. Behind that fairing lurks the Boom! Box 4.3 Audio System and improved rider ergonomics. The Road Glide is powered by the High Output Twin Cam 103 which is transmitted through the Cruise Drive 6-speed gearbox.

Road Glide Special

The upgraded version of the Road Glide offers a few key amenities not found on the base model. One of the primary upgrades is to the Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system which has touch screen GPS along with the 25-watt per channel amp and twin speakers. The Road Glide Special rides on an upgraded, adjustable air-ride rear suspension. The braking system is also upgraded to Harley’s Reflex Braking System. This system electronically links the front and rear brakes and also includes anti-lock braking. Another perk of the Special is the H-D Smart Security System. This system provides hands-free security that disables the bike as you walk away. The Road Glide Special also includes spruced up paint and pin-striping.

FLRT Freewheeler Trike

For Harley-Davidson enters the three-wheeled touring bike market with the new FLRT Freewheeler trike. The Freewheeler is built on a completely new chassis that is adorned with unmistakable Milwaukee style. This trike is powered by the High Output Twin Cam 103 engine. Safety and convenience features include cruise control, electric reverse, and a linked braking system. One can assume that there will be a boatload of accessories available for this model.

FLHTCUL Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low

The brand new “Low” versions of the Electra Glide touring series are designed specifically for those of us who may be “vertically challenged”. The saddle height and rider positioning is designed for riders that are 5’7” and under. Beyond that, this bike is an elite touring machine with no shortcuts. The Ultra Classic Low is powered by the High Output Twin Cam 103. Highlights include the Boom! Box 4.3 audio system with four speakers, Daymaker LED lighting, H-D Smart Security System, electronic cruise control, Reflex linked ABS brakes and King Tour-Pak hard saddle bags.

FLHTKL Ultra Unlimited Low

The Unlimited version of the Electra Glide Low offers several upgrades to an already loaded base model. The Unlimited version features the Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engine which has liquid-cooled cylinder heads. Other goodies include the 100-watt Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system (with touch screen and GPS), Impeller cast-aluminum wheels, premium Tour-Pak saddle bags and two-tone paint designs.

We offer AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil for all model-year Harley-Davidson motorcycles. See why our Harley customers rave about our engine, transmission and primary chaincase oils. Contact us for a US or Canadian price list using the form on your upper right. 

AMSOIL V-Twin Synthetic Transmission OilAMSOIL has released two more synthetic oils for the motorcycle market. The new products are AMSOIL V-Twin Synthetic Transmission Oil and AMSOIL V-Twin Synthetic Primary Chaincase Oil. As the names imply, these products are specific to V-Twin motorcycles like Harley Davidson, Triumph and Indian motorcycles (produced before the 2013 model year).

Why Did AMSOIL Choose to Make Specific Primary Chaincase and Transmission Oils For V-Twin Motorcycles?

Apparently when it came to Triumph and Indian motorcycle models that have three separate sumps (one each for engine oil, primary chaincase fluid and transmission fluid), AMSOIL did not have suitable fluids for the primary and gearbox. These new transmission and chaincase fluids fill these small gaps in their product offerings.

There are also some motorcycle owners who prefer to use specialized primary chaincase and transmission oil in these components instead of motorcycle engine oil.

AMSOIL V-Twin Synthetic Primary Chaincase OilShould Harley-Davidson Owners Switch To These New Products?

For years, AMSOIL has been recommending their MCV Synthetic 20W-50 Motorcycle Oil in the engine, primaries and transmissions of modern day Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The effectiveness of their 20W-50 in all three holes has been proven over millions of miles by thousands of Harley owners. The feedback on MCV 20W-50 from our Harley customers has been nothing short of spectacular.

There is no advantage in terms of performance or wear protection in switching to these new products over MCV 20W-50 in the primary chaincase and transmission of your Harley. It is truly a sideways move. Apparently the new Transmission Oil may offer modestly quieter performance in some transmissions. It’s your call as to whether this trumps the luxury of using a single (very proven) product throughout your bike.

What Are The Benefits Of AMSOIL Synthetic Primary Chaincase Oil?

  • Provides cool, quiet operation
  • Improves clutch operation
  • Fights clutch slippage
  • Combats metal-to-metal wear
  • Can remain in service for 10,000 miles (16,000 km)

What Are The Benefits Of AMSOIL Synthetic V-Twin Transmission Oil?

  • Smooths out shifting
  • Eases gear selection
  • Dampens gearbox noises
  • Lowers friction for cooler operation
  • Maintains its viscosity for long-lasting wear protection
  • Delivers an ultra-long service life of 20,000 miles (32,000 km)

What Is The Viscosity Of The New Primary Chaincase and Transmissions Fluids?

The V-Twin Transmission Oil is an SAE 110 and Primary Chaincase Fluid falls into the SAE 90 range. These products cannot be substituted for one another. Each has a specific additive package designed exclusively for their intended purpose,  so do not use the transmission fluid in the primary and do not use the primary fluid in the transmission.

Regarding MCV 20W-50 Motorcycle Engine Oil, keep in mind that engine oils and gear lubes are shown on a different scale (so you don’t accidentally pour gear oil into the engine). MCV 20W-50 and these new oils do share a similar viscosity and that’s one of the reasons why why MCV 20W-50 is quite suitable in primary and transmission use in Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Kinematic Viscosity @ 100°C

  • AMSOIL MCV 20W-50- 20.4 cST
  • V-Twin Transmission Oil- 20.7 cST
  • V-Twin Primary Oil- 18.7 cST

Where Can I Buy New The New AMSOIL Synthetic V-Twin Primary Chaincase and Transmissions Fluids?

Here of course! We can rush these products out of our Canadian or US warehouses to your door in just a day or two. We also have a full suite of synthetic motorcycle engine oils and oil filters. Request a price list using the contact form on your upper right or call us at 1-800-748-5781.

AMSOIL Synthetic 20W-40 V-Twin Motorcycle OilAMSOIL has been diligently expanding their motorcycle oil product line this winter and the latest offering is a synthetic 20W-40. New AMSOIL Synthetic 20W-40 V-Twin Motorcycle Oil is specific mostly to Victory and late-model Indian motorcycles.

All Victory motorcycles and Indians (produced after the 2013 model year) have a common sump, meaning that the engine and transmission share the same oil. AMSOIL’s previous oil recommendation for these motorcycles was their 10W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil.

Frequently Asked Questions About New AMSOIL 20W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil

Question: How can a full-synthetic 20W-40 benefit my motorcycle?

Answer: AMSOIL synthetic motorcycle oils are very popular because of the following benefits:

  • Smoother performance
  • Easier, quieter shifting
  • Noticeably cooler operation
  • Industry-leading engine and transmission wear protection
  • Reduced oil usage
  • Capable of staying in service for twice as long as regular 20W-40 motorcycle oils
  • Exceptional off-season rust and corrosion protection

Question: I have a bunch of AMSOIL 10W-40 Motorcycle Oil leftover for my Victory motorcycle. Am I better off buying this new 20W-40 instead?

Answer: Using the 10W-40 in a motorcycle that calls for 20W-40 is perfectly fine. Remember that the viscosity of 10W-40 and 20W-40 is identical at operating temperature. The bottom line is that there will be zero compromises in terms of wear control when using a 10W-40 instead of a 20W-40. Use up the 10W-40 and worry not.

Question: Can this full synthetic 20W-40 cause clutch slippage problems?

Answer: Absolutely not. Synthetic oils formulated for motorcycle usage do not cause wet-clutch problems. This has been irrefutably proven. Case in point, virtually all motorcycle racers use synthetic oils these days and they torture their clutches beyond imagination. They also need to finish races and cannot afford any power loss due to clutch slippage. AMSOIL synthetic motorcycles oils actually provide cooler operation, which promotes LONGER clutch life!

Question: Where do I buy AMSOIL Synthetic 20W-40 V-Twin Motorcycle Oil?

Answer: We can offer this new 20W-40 motorcycle oil at wholesale in Canada and the United States. We ship right to your door in just a day or two. Contact us for prices using the form on your upper right or call us at 1-800-748-5781.