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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 19, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

Hello guys ,

I know there have been countless debates on this subject. And I've been reading them for all for the past 4 days.
But the problem is they are all old and as you all know, oil quality seems to degrade more and more every year.

So I want to know what people are using in 2019.

I currently use VR 20w50 and I'm about to put some winter oil in it to see if I can get a extra 3-4 weeks of driving. Thinking of 10w30 or 10w40

I have a SBC 383 with a .640 lift solid roller cam.

Sorry for the question I'm just really curious. I'm also curios about how many of you are using 15w40 Diesel oils on SOLID roller cams.

Please be specific. Thanks!!!!

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 19, 06:00 PM
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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

You donít need to worry about zinc with a roller cam. Also, the lifters probably have a spec for oil weight. Itís usually 10w30 or 40. Bearing clearance will determine what you need too.

I use Rotella in older flat tappet engines with stock weight valve springs. VR1 in anything with heavy springs and flat tappet.

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 19, 07:02 PM
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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

VR1 from menards is $4.99 a quart everyday, buy it when they run the 11% rebate.

I run a 20/50 all year. When itís real cold, I bought an oil pan heater and turn it on an hour before I start it, never a problem

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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

The oils are fine its the quality of cam cores and lifters thats poor. If you have a steel one you may be fine.
No need to run superheavy oils either thats kinda 70s thinking. 10/30 is just fine for more these days

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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

As mentioned, run the proper weight for your bearing clearances.

I run only Redline oil, it's made right here in So Cal.


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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 19, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

Thanks guys for all the great tips and responses.

I like that block heater Idea for the winter.
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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

This came recommended by my engine builder. Expensive but zero issues with my solid roller thus far.
https://inrccca.org/product/classic-car-motor-oil/

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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

I have an oil question for you guys. what type of oil do you recommend? Synthetic or non-synthetic?
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I have an oil question for you guys. what type of oil do you recommend? Synthetic or non-synthetic?
Everyone will have their own preference. I just use conventional 10-30. Valvoline
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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

Friction is a lot less with synthetics, so it makes no sense to me to use non-synthetic if you don't have to worry about a flat tappet cam.

Some hydraulic roller lifters have very tight tolerances and don't play well with high viscosity oils.
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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

I have been using Mobil 1 Turbo Diesel Truck 5W-40 synthetic motor oil in my 383. Oil pressure is great when cold and hot. I have used it for years in non GM, really high performance turbo (gas)builds and road race track cars. It is pretty cheap at Walmart.,

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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

I use Mobile 1 in my LS swap builds and Valvoline VR1 or Schaffers for the rest. https://www.schaefferoil.com/

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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

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I have an oil question for you guys. what type of oil do you recommend? Synthetic or non-synthetic?
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Everyone will have their own preference. I just use conventional 10-30. Valvoline
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My initial response was for a stock motor build, which is what I have and use conventional 10-30.

Post what your motor/build is because "one size fits all" does not apply to oil type/viscosity. Solid or hydraulic cam and or lifters, wider bearing clearances are examples of different needs. Example, my H/C 383 hydraulic roller HV oil pump in another car uses 20-50 Conventional
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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

Big fan of the Vr1 oil.I use 10-30 myself.

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Re: Engine Oil for Solid roller cams in 2019

I recently switched my solid lifter cars to Amzoil 10w30 Z Rod as it exceeds the zinc level recommended by GM. I don't have any problems to discuss which is a good sign, other than it is on the upper end of the price scale but also I don't get many miles on those vehicles.
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