How does AMSOIL Perform in the Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® Engine?

Harley introduced its Milwaukee-Eight V-twin engine in 2016,  in part to increase power and reduce engine heat. How does AMSOIL perform in this Harley engine?

First,  let’s cover the background story first. Harley interviewed 1,000 riders in seven cities to find out what they wanted in Harley’s next generation of touring bikes. Two themes emerged: more power and less heat.

Traditional air-cooled V-twin engines, like those used to power most Harleys, can get hot. In fact, some riders have complained about the intense heat radiating from the engine while riding, particularly the rear cylinder, which doesn’t receive as much airflow as the font cylinder.

Harley Davidson

The engine also suffers from heat

Extreme heat not only challenges rider comfort, it challenges the engine.

If, for example, extreme heat causes the piston to expand beyond acceptable tolerances, it can rub against the cylinder wall and cause scuffing.

Heat also causes some oils to thin and lose viscosity. The oil can become so thin the engine loses oil pressure, causing the oil-pressure gauge to bottom out.

The rider may notice increased valvetrain and gear noise as parts clatter together. Any rider worth his or her salt knows you don’t run an engine with no oil pressure, so he or she shuts it down until the engine cools enough to restore oil pressure.

Air ≠ liquid

Why do air-cooled V-twins get so hot? And how hot can they get?

It comes down to physics.

Air-cooled engines rely on air flowing over the engine to remove heat. In contrast, liquid-cooled engines, like those found on modern Indian motorcycles, use a coolant/water mixture to absorb engine heat and carry it to a radiator, where it dissipates into the atmosphere. 

Air is inherently less efficient removing heat than coolant/water, meaning your average V-twin powering a motorcycle runs hotter than a liquid-cooled bike.

In fact, our own extreme-heat testing at AMSOIL revealed the rear-cylinder temperature in a 2012 Harley Street Bob climbed as high as 550ºF (288ºC).

During testing of a 2017 Indian Scout, in contrast, we recorded an average cylinder temperature of 200ºF (93ºC). Granted, the bike didn’t undergo the same test as the Harley, meaning it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, but it does suggest liquid-cooled bikes run quite a bit cooler than air-cooled bikes.

Riding conditions turn up the heat

Your riding conditions also affect engine heat.

Have you ever gone to Sturgis? Or ridden in a Fourth of July parade or other event at the height of summer?

In Sturgis, riders crawl down Main Street, taking in the sights and sounds. The August sun beats down on the asphalt and radiates onto the bike. Traffic can creep along so slowly that air doesn’t rush over the engine like it does when riding on the highway.

This lack of cooling air moving across the engine can cause heat to climb to dangerous territory.

If it’s bad enough, the electronic temperature controls that safeguard the bike against overheating can trigger, forcing the rider to pull over and stop until the engine cools.

The Harley Milwaukee-Eight runs cooler

I’m no marketing genius, but sitting alongside the road waiting for your bike to cool isn’t good brand strategy. So, the engineers at Harley designed the Milwaukee-Eight engine in part to run cooler.

Right on Harley’s website, the company presents the Milwaukee-Eight as the “…most powerful, coolest-running motor we’ve ever built.”

More power, less heat. Check.

AMSOIL and the Harley Milwaukee-Eight

Amsoil bought a 2019 Harley Street Bob with a Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine for extreme-heat testing. They wanted to see how AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil held up in Harley’s newest engine.

Prior to testing, Amsoil instrumented the bike and rode it on the streets to determine the operating conditions that would most severely challenge the bike and the motor oil.

As you might expect, stop-and-go, slow-moving traffic increased heat and presented the most severe conditions, similar to the conditions you see at a bike rally on a hot summer day.

So, Amsoil engineers designed a 1,000-mile dyno test meant to replicate the worst-case scenario: slow-moving operation in extreme heat with little-to-no cooling air passing over the engine. 1,000 miles is enough to make 640 trips down Main St. in Sturgis.

How does AMSOIL perform in the Harley Milwaukee-Eight?

The test created conditions that held the oil-sump temperature at a steady 300ºF (149ºC) for 1,000 miles. The rear-cylinder temperature surpassed 420ºF (216ºC). That’s hotter than your bike should ever get.

Amsoil test

Heat that extreme chemically breaks down most oils, causing it to lose viscosity and fall out of grade. It can also lead to oxidation, which hastens formation of harmful deposits that can cause the rings to stick, reducing compression and power.

After 1,000 miles of extreme heat, AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil delivered excellent protection.

Compare a brand-new rear-cylinder piston before the dyno test to one following 1,000 miles. It contains minimal deposits, the rings are free and it’s in great condition.

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amsoil torture test

Chemical analysis following 1,000 miles at 300ºF (149ºC) shows the oil maintained viscosity and virtually prevented wear.

amsoil 1000 mile torture test

Check out the video to see the full results.

So, does the Milwaukee-Eight run cooler than past Harley V-twin engines? 

We’d have to do more testing to definitively say, but all signs point to the affirmative. Notice how the rear-cylinder temperature in our 2012 bike maxed out at 550ºF (288ºC), while the 2019 Harley maxed out just above 420ºF (216ºC). Bear in mind, however, that the two tests aren’t identical, meaning we can’t draw any firm conclusions. But it sure appears that Harley succeeded in reducing heat with its Milwaukee-Eight engine.

That’s thanks to a series of oil-filled cooling lines that circulate around the cylinders and carry heat to an oil cooler.

The oil in your bike should never get this hot. But, if it does, AMSOIL Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil has you and your Milwaukee-Eight engine covered.

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Amsoil Firearm Cleaners and Protectants

Amsoil Firearm Cleaners and Protectants

Amsoil Firearm Cleaners and Protectants

Protection and Dependability

Nearly one in three Americans owns a firearm, typically falling into at least one of three categories. Hunters typically own shotguns to hunt waterfowl or upland birds and/or rifles to hunt larger game. Target/Sport Shooters own all types of firearms (shotguns, rifles, handguns) for recreational shooting. Firearms Professionals (gunsmiths, firearm safety instructors) work with all types of firearms in their professions.

The moving parts on firearms (actions, bolts, hinges) must be cleaned and lubricated to ensure top performance and long life. Hunters and shooters need their guns to perform when called upon, sometimes after an extended period of storage, after sitting for hours in a wet duck blind or while on a remote hunting trip with few opportunities to clean their gun daily. 

Since nothing will ruin a hunting trip or day at the range quicker than a malfunctioning firearm, we tested AMSOIL firearm products in a variety of handguns and long guns. The information we gathered, along with extensive testing in our chemical lab, resulted in products dialed in for outstanding firearm protection in the most demanding conditions. As seen in the image, AMSOIL Synthetic Firearm Lubricant and Protectant guards against damaging corrosion better than a leading competitor’s product, helping keep firearms working properly for generations.

AMSOIL Synthetic Firearm Lubricant and Protectant

AMSOIL Synthetic Firearm Lubricant and Protectant (FLPBA) effectively lubricates and protects guns, helping extend life and prevent blockage, jams and wear.

  • Outstanding protection and performance in both hot and cold climates
  • Specifically formulated for firearms, offering superior performance over multi-purpose products

AMSOIL Firearm Cleaner and Protectant

AMSOIL Firearm Cleaner and Protectant (FCPSC) is an aerosol cleaner and protectant that penetrates deep into hard-to-reach components, effectively cleaning residue from all surfaces and safely protecting guns for storage.

  • Effectively cleans fouling and powder residue from all firearm surfaces, reducing jamming and increasing reliability
  • Protects guns against corrosion, allowing for safe storage and preserving performance, reliability and value

Applications

AMSOIL Synthetic Firearm Lubricant and Protectant and AMSOIL Firearm Cleaner and Protectant provide premium protection and performance in all rifles, handguns and shotguns. Both are safe to use on all metals, woods, composites and rubbers.

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Penetrates deep into hard-to-reach components
Effectively cleans fouling and powder residue from all firearm surfaces, reducing misfires and increasing reliability
Protects guns against corrosion, allowing for safe storage and preserving performance, reliability and value
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Penetrates deep into hard-to-reach components, effectively cleaning fouling and powder residue from all firearm surfaces, safely protecting them for storage, reducing jamming and increasing reliability. Protects against corrosion, allowing for safe storage and preserving performance, reliability and value.
Amsoil firearm spray lubricant
Effectively lubricates and protects firearms, helping extend life and prevent blockage, jams and wear. Outstanding protection and performance in both hot and cold climates. Specifically formulated for firearms, offering superior performance over multi-purpose products.
Amsoil firearm non spray lubricant
Effectively lubricates and protects firearms, helping extend life and prevent blockage, jams and wear. Outstanding protection and performance in both hot and cold climates. Specifically formulated for firearms, offering superior performance over multi-purpose products.
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7 Reasons to Register as an AMSOIL Commercial Account

7 Reasons to Register as an AMSOIL Commercial Account

7 Reasons to Register as an AMSOIL Commercial Account

Here are the 7 Reasons to Register as an AMSOIL Commercial Account. Owning and operating your own business leaves little time or energy for thinking about lubricants.

These days, trips to the store are unnecessary when you can place an order online with sites like AMSOIL.com. Still not sold? Here are the top 7 reasons to sign up as an AMSOIL Commercial Account:

#1 AMSOIL Products Are Always On Sale

The term “Money over everything” resonates here. Business owners cannot afford to waste money in today’s competitive marketplace. AMSOIL commercial accounts can buy products at wholesale pricing, saving an average of 25 percent. Commercial accounts are also eligible for a purchase discount on product orders.

#2 Save on Maintenance Costs

Not only do commercial accounts save money buying AMSOIL products, they can also find extra savings by maximizing fuel economy and extending oil drain intervals with AMSOIL synthetic lubricants. Invest more money in growing your business, not repairing or fueling your equipment.

#3 Protect Your Investment

In the commercial world, vehicles and equipment are the major assets and investments. An excavator can cost as much as an HGTV-quality home. Yes, you can’t live in your excavator, but try building that home without an excavator for hire! AMSOIL products deliver proven wear protection in the most demanding equipment. AMSOIL products guard against wear and deposits, protecting equipment power and efficiency, which helps you get more work done and maximize engine and component life.

#4 Extensive Product Offering

AMSOIL offers everything from advanced synthetic drivetrain lubricants to premium fuel additives. We even have gun cleaner, leather boot lubemetal protector and several other products for just about anything in your garage. The complete AMSOIL product line ensures all your vehicles and equipment are protected. Not sure which lubricants your rig takes? Use the AMSOIL Lookup Guide.

#5 Personalized, Face-to-Face Service

Each commercial account is serviced by an independent AMSOIL Dealer. Dealers are available to help map out a program designed to maximize vehicle performance while saving you money. AMSOIL INC. corporate personnel are also available to offer technical and administrative support. Qualified accounts may also apply for credit with AMSOIL, simplifying the payment process.

#6 Free Maintenance-Tracking Program

MyAMSOILGarage™ is a free, easy-to-use online vehicle maintenance program. This free fleet-management tool allows you to organize your maintenance and service records. You can also schedule email reminders for future services and track any services that are performed. Visit MyAMSOILGarage to establish a free account.

#7 Signing up as a Commercial Account is FREE!

I have always liked saving the best for last. Establishing an AMSOIL Commercial Account is free and simple. AMSOIL is all about saving you time and money as a business owner. Why spend extra time or money repairing equipment when it could be avoided by using AMSOIL products.

Sign up today as an AMSOIL Commercial Account

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What is Fuel Stabilizer?

What is fuel Stabilizer and what does it do? You probably know you should stabilize fuel before placing your lawnmower, motorcycle, classic car or other vehicles and equipment into storage for the season. Maybe you learned the lesson the hard way after tearing a rotator cuff trying to start a lawnmower or snowblower after several months in storage minus stabilized fuel. So, what is fuel stabilizer and what does it do?

Time degrades gasoline

Just about everything deteriorates over time, including the fuel that powers your vehicles and equipment. In fact, gasoline can start to break down in as little as 30 days. Deposits can form that prevent the engine from starting, like those shown in this carburetor bowl.

What is Fuel Stabilizer and what does it do?
Bad gasoline is the number-one reason seasonal equipment starts hard or runs rough.

Over time, gasoline changes, leaving behind gums, varnish and other solids that foul the fuel system and prevent gas from flowing into the combustion chamber. In severe cases, gasoline can change so dramatically that it no longer ignites.

Gasoline is predominantly a mixture of carbon and hydrogen atoms bonded together into energy-dense hydrocarbons. Like conventional base oils, it’s derived from crude oil via a distillation process that uses heat, pressure and other catalysts to create different fractions. Gasoline is comprised of hydrocarbons that are lighter than those found in, for example, diesel fuel or conventional base oils. Refiners add ethanol to the formulation, typically 10 percent, but as high as 85 percent. Time, however, takes its toll on gasoline. Exposure to heat, humidity, atmospheric pressure, oxygen and other variables degrades fuel.

Fuel degrades more quickly than oil

In addition to gums and varnish becoming more concentrated and less soluble as lighter hydrocarbons evaporate, gas is continually oxidizing, which further contributes to varnish and other gunk.

Gasoline oxidizes more quickly than motor oil and its negative effects are more immediately noticeable. That’s why it’s important to use high-quality gas and store it in approved containers where air infiltration is limited, like inside a ventilated garage or shed, and not in the back of your truck or under the deck.

Meanwhile, ethanol added to gasoline at the refinery can absorb water from the atmosphere, which can lead to phase separation, which occurs when ethanol and gas separate, much like oil and water. Ethanol that has absorbed enough moisture and has sat long enough can foul the fuel system and prevent the engine from starting.

That’s why it’s vital to stabilize fuel prior to storage.

Personally, I add gasoline stabilizer to my five-gallon gas can at every fill-up. That way I never worry about fuel going bad inside my four-wheeler, lawnmowers, chainsaws and other equipment around the homestead.

What is Fuel Stabilizer and what does it do?

But what, exactly, does fuel stabilizer do? Let’s use an analogy to explain.

You’ve probably heard terms like “free radicals” and “antioxidants” in relation to your health. A free radical is an unpaired electron, and most are unstable and highly reactive. They can either donate an electron to, or accept an electron from, other molecules. This starts a chain reaction that can lead to oxidative stress and cell damage. Left unchecked, free radicals can lead to health problems, like cardiovascular disease and cancer.

To help fight free radicals, we should eat plenty of foods rich in antioxidants, which lessen their effects. Antioxidants can “donate” an electron to free radicals or trap them, effectively reducing their instability without becoming unstable themselves. Antioxidants aren’t silver bullets, but they go a long way toward improving our health.

By analogy, fuel stabilizer is an antioxidant for your gasoline. It disrupts the free-radical-induced chain reaction that causes gas to oxidize and form varnish and gums. Some stabilizer products, like AMSOIL Quickshot, also contain chemistry that increases solvency and breaks down existing varnish, helping clean a dirty carburetor and restore performance.

How does AMSOIL Gasoline Stabilizer stack up?

Very well, thanks. But don’t trust me, trust the independent test results shown below.

Amsoi gasoline Stabalizer
What about protection against corrosion? Again, AMSOIL delivers, as shown here.
Amsoil vs Seafoam
So, if it’s formulated properly, like AMSOIL Gasoline Stabilizer, fuel stabilizer improves the stability of gasoline to protect against varnish and gum formation so your vehicles and equipment fire to life when you take them from storage. AMSOIL Gasoline Stabilizer also protects against corrosion during storage to maintain fuel-system cleanliness while stabilizing fuel for up to 12 months.
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For short-term storage up to six months, consider AMSOIL Quickshot. It also contains chemistry that increases solvency and breaks down existing varnish, helping clean a dirty carburetor and restore performance.

Amsoil Quickshot
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