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What type of oil do I use for the chaincase on my 440 kawasaki

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My Intertec Service Manual doesn't give any lube specs. for Kawasaki. But most brands seem to use their own brand name lube. Others use ATF trans. fluid or 10w30. I think ATF should work just fine though.

 

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If your cheap just dump in motor oil. Gear case oil would be better but it costs more. I did this with my 96 XCR cause the gear case leaked. Instead of wasting a bottle of gear case oil ever couple gas fills I dumped in motor oil.
 

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i would think you would be alright just using 30 weight oil. i use a synthetic chaincase oil, and ive also used polaris case oil, but if you dont want to spend a bunch, just use conventional oil like s/d said
 

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Personally, I would use gear lube. This is a higher pressure application, and lust like the rear end of a car, you don't want the splash needed by the crankcase of an engine.

Some of the newer sleds might have a set-up that calls for lighter weight oils, but every older sled I had called for 80-90 weight gear lube.

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I have some 80-90 gear oil in my garage.
How much does it take???

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Don't put gear oil in there!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeez people, have you ever looked at the viscosity of chaincase oil compared to gear oil? I mean come on, gear oil freezes, chaincase oil is like water compared to gear oil.

You should go to a Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo or Yamaha dealer and buy their chaincase lubricant. It will work fine in your Kawasaki.



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This is my first sled and I don't know anything about them.

Still one question unanswered:
How much oil does it take???

WINTER 1978 Kawasaki Intruder 440 fan
SUMMER 1986 Kawasaki Bayou 300 2x4

Edited by - 440kawi on 28 Jan 2002 15:22:26
 

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Is their a drain plug a couple of inches from the bottom on your chain case? If their is you just fill it up till it starts coming out of it.

 

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Somewhere near the botton 1/2 of the chaincase there will be a vent/inspection hole or cap, as said fill to just below this cap. Try not to overfill to avoid the mess.

Chaincase oil may be sufficient for your sled. But I would try to find a Kaw manual to be sure. As far as gear lube freezing, it doesn't ever. It is quite thick at colder temps, but it cannot freeze anymore than engine oil can, and it withstands pressure far greater lighter oils. Check with the manufacturer for a recommendation.

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