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chaincase oil help... what to use? how much?

FIRST OFF>>>>for all of you who helped me last time I appreciate it...
Thanks... and thanks in advance for this time as well.. you guys save me money every year....

I have a 91 arctic cat jag 440 afs.... no reverse...

had a bad bearing on the clutch shaft if that is what it is called....///

anyway had to drain the chaincase oil....

how much do I add? and what can I buy to put in it... I don't have any dealers or parts shops near me..... can i use 80 wt gear lube....? i heard 8 oz is enough???


help me out here....

The tech knowledge is beyond me... I'm a turning wrenches and reading it in book or getting directions kind of guy... I can do anything if I'm just told how....

I need that knowledge.... Got any to spare???
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That will work and the amount is right.

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While gear oil will work, you can run a lighter weight oil in there. You really don't have gear to gear contact, you are running a chaincase with "sprokets" and a chain. Chaincase lube is lighter in weight than gear oil. Some guys use ATF fluid if they don't want to pay for the "correct" fluid. If you go gear oil, use the lightest you can get, maybe a 70w synthetic.

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While gear oil will work, you can run a lighter weight oil in there. You really don't have gear to gear contact, you are running a chaincase with "sprokets" and a chain. Chaincase lube is lighter in weight than gear oil. Some guys use ATF fluid if they don't want to pay for the "correct" fluid. If you go gear oil, use the lightest you can get, maybe a 70w synthetic.
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i run 85-90 gear oil with no issues at all...

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i run 85-90 gear oil with no issues at all...
Ever try to pour that stuff at -20*???

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no but i tried at 0 and it flows fine. i do take it easy for the first few miles, but once it warms up it moves very freely. infact, when i drain it out of the case to change it. it comes right out good and fast. and thats cold. i really see no movement issues with it....

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I used some full synthetic 70 - 90 wt gearlube by arctic cat I found at the local hardware/smallengine joint...
he had a book for it as well.... said 8.5 oz 70 wt for below 0 & 90 wt above... the synthetic was a multi weight oil...

as for getting oil that is too thick... In west michigan.. where I live it is 15 - 30 degrees on average all winter... Average this year was 22 degrees since dec 21st acordign to my local news website... (I have lots of Weather data as I'm working on a thesis about the B.S. of Global warming.. Next we'll need money for a pet project on global cooling again... WE'RE GOING INTO ANOTHER ICE AGE!!!! AHHHH.. WHAT WILL WE DO?... I know what I'll do.. (buy stock in arctic cat...))
rarely is it below 0 we had 6 days this whole winter so far below 10 degrees... and only one below 0.. but with lake effect snow we got about 90" this season never under 9" on my property since dec 4th... it has been sweet....

by the way... our global tempatures are up 4.2% from the 70's... and down 3.5% from the 1910's and 20's...

you know what I think? we have warming trends... (cooling trends too)

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now that I got that out..... sorry about that... Talk of Tempatures for me is like poking a pissed off hungry tiger with a stick... (no ZOO reference intended..(how dumb was that))

anyway thanks for the help we got it worked out in the end...now I need to break the snowmobile so I can get back to working on my nova or I'll never be able to drive it this spring...
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i would like to know how mmuch oil i need in my chaine case , because i just finished changing my track but i dont know how much oil i need
(as in quarts)
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What issues would be caused by using to much oil in the chaincase?

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As most chaincases have a exhaust muffler right next to them they may after hard riding get pretty warm or even hot. I would feel safer running a heavier oil than too thin. What do you guys think?
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What issues would be caused by using to much oil in the chaincase?
well, when you put too much oil in your car you can blow a seal (i think thats what it is)

chaincases are kinda the same, too much oil will bog down your chain.

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i would like to know how mmuch oil i need in my chaine case , because i just finished changing my track but i dont know how much oil i need
(as in quarts)
8oz without reverse and 12oz with.

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Ive heard 8 oz. and you could also use tranny fluid.
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I run Amsoil chain case oil, has all the right, anti rust, anti oxidize, anti foam additives chaincase oil should have. It's cheap like $7.00 for 12oz bottle.

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