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price of oil! sticker shock #334878
09/23/10 5:22 pm
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i decided to change the oil in the T120 and so went to the auto parts place and grabbed up a couple of quarts of Valvoline 4 stroke and good god it was $4.95 a quart..and that was cheap compared to the Mobil 1 syn...the clerk said they had upped the price on oil every week for the past month....what sort of prices are you guys paying for liquid gold????
i hate to sound like a geezer but i recall when you could get Castol 20/50 for 75cents a quart....


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Re: price of oil! sticker shock [Re: raf940] #334893
09/23/10 6:15 pm
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I changed my oil not long ago, and paid about $4.25 for the Valvoline 4 stroke. Maybe they're jacking the prices up because people are not changing oil as often. An article in the Atlanta paper recently stated that most cars and modern oils, both mineral and synthetic, were good for several thousand miles beyond the old recommendations. Not sure that I would push it too far in my bike, though. Greg


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Re: price of oil! sticker shock [Re: raf940] #334909
09/23/10 7:25 pm
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I paid 5.99 for a quart of imported Virgin Olive oil at trader Joe's the other day.


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Re: price of oil! sticker shock [Re: raf940] #335047
09/24/10 3:23 pm
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Bel-Ray EXP Semi-synth 20W/50 for 6.95/ltr

Bit pricey I know, but I try to support the local britbike shop....plus he lets me borrow special tools if I need them! bigt

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Re: price of oil! sticker shock [Re: Alex] #335053
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Originally Posted By: Alex
I paid 5.99 for a quart of imported Virgin Olive oil at trader Joe's the other day.


Do you use that in the primary too or just the oil tank?


When given the choice between two evils I picked the one I haven't tried before
Re: price of oil! sticker shock [Re: Alex] #335163
09/25/10 6:56 am
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Originally Posted By: Alex
I paid 5.99 for a quart of imported Virgin Olive oil at trader Joe's the other day.

I thought that stuff was only for Ducatis. laughing


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Re: price of oil! sticker shock [Re: raf940] #335164
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I've been paying $4 for Valvoline VR, but I haven't bought any in over a week.
Perhaps I'll get a rude surprise next trip to the parts store?

BTW: Why does the price of synthetic oil go up with the price of crude? Just because it can?


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Re: price of oil! sticker shock [Re: DavidP] #335204
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I think some of this is just that our dollar isn't worth much these days. Look at what the price of gold (in dollars) has been doing. It's not that the demand for gold is that much higher, it's that the dollars we have are worth less. (Don't get me started on the reasons...)

Also, crude oil is the feedstock for synthetic oil, it's just that the hydrocarbon molecules are taken apart and re-assembled to be closer to the ideal configuration for the desired purpose.


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Re: price of oil! sticker shock [Re: raf940] #335329
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standard oil super permalube in 1964 was .35 cents a qt.inflation is wonderful isnt it?

Re: price of oil! sticker shock [Re: jaycee] #335332
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This is often why I find it IS cheaper to have the oil changed in my car at an oil change place.

I find and KEEP any and ALL coupons for oil change places.
Especially the ones for $19.95 or less! Most cars take 5 quarts, right? Thats what, four quarts at most of your found prices, or fewer? NOT including an oil filter???

I am going to make a suggestion to anyone who will listen, and can afford this, the initial cost will perhaps be frightening, or prohibitive;
I will suggest you might wish to find an oil product supply point/house.
Then find out how much they will sell you a 55 _GALLON_ drum of your current favorite oil.
Check how much a quart of your favorite oil costs locally, at several different sources.
Multiply the quart cost x 4, then x 55, then compare that figure with the figure you got for the 55 gallon barrel.

I'll bet you find the long term cost of the 55 gallon barrel will be less than buying by the quart? Maybe the cost might be further reduced, if several people, locally together, MIGHT find an even lower cost?
Granted, your initial cost must include a pump, OR you must buy a stand and a spigot to dispence the oil into a canister of some sort....

But, just think how many oil changes you can accomplish, with 55 GALLONS of oil!
In your bikes AND your cars!
And you can fight inflation somewhat.... Just think; WHEN has oil gone down in price?
NEVER, in my experience!

I DO understand supporting your local brit bike shop, but c'mon, $8 a quart, for dino juice??? Not even synthetic!??!?!??

I do NOT own a hardley ableson, nor can I afford that stupidity of an attitude.


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