Octane Boost, Vehicle Graphics
A letter in the December 2012 Amsoil Magazine brought up a great question about Motorcycle Octane Boost. However, your answer creates some confusion as to application of the product. When you say it is for use in motorcycles, but Dominator® Octane Boost is the recommendation for the other off-road applications, are you recommending Motorcycle Octane Boost only for street-driven motorcycles or for all motorcycles? Should we be recommending Dominator® for use in off-road motorcycles? Also, an ATV/quad is nothing but a motorcycle with more wheels using the same engines, and out here in the west, are used for the same type of hard off-road riding. The UTV’s also have big motorcycle engines and at least 50% of them out here are being run in the sand dunes right next to the bikes, quads and sand buggies. I think this calls for a better explanation of application of the product.
I, too, have been blocked out of the co-op program for vehicle graphics. My truck is a 2002 Ford F-350 7.3L diesel in excellent condition with 125,000 miles. I purchased it one year before joining Amsoil as a Dealer, when I retired from my job as a firefighter. I purchased it expecting it would probably be the last new vehicle I would be able to afford in my lifetime. Now, because it is 10 years old, I cannot receive assistance from Amsoil for the graphics advertising package.
Amsoil: When it comes to octane boost, it is important to look at where the equipment is used. Octane boost technology is heavily regulated for anything considered “on-road,” placing limits on the amount of actual “boost” the equipment receives. Amsoil Motorcycle Octane Boost is formulated to meet this criteria; it is recommended for both on and off-road four-stroke powersports engines. Amsoil Dominator® Octane Boost is formulated with more active chemistry for two- and four-stroke vehicles used off-road or for racing.
We understand many older vehicles are in good condition, but an age limitation for vehicle graphics co-op assistance Amsoil received a positive return for its advertising investment. We still encourage you to take advantage of the Vehicle Graphics Program. Even without co-op support, the options available to Dealers through this program are less expensive than comparable graphics available elsewhere.
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I appreciate the recent research studies Amsoil has published regarding the use of Interceptor® in Ski-Doo® Rotax® E-TEC® engines. Although there isn’t much opportunity to sell to snowmobile customers in Texas, one of my retail accounts sells a lot of Interceptor® to its Sea-Doo® customers. I have tried to research the engine differences between Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo, but have not been able to determine if they use the same engines or not. Would the information published in the 3,469- Mile Case Study in Rotax E-TEC Engine (G3038) and A Study of Interceptor® Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil for Ski-Doo Rotax E-TEC Engines (G3039) be appropriate to discuss with Sea-Doo customers and other powersports accounts, or do they not use the same engines and/or not have the same operating challenges?
Amsoil: Both studies are specific to the Ski-Doo E-TEC engine. The two-stroke engines used in Sea-Doo personal watercraft are different. Interceptor® and HP Marine™ Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil are recommended for this application; use of HP Marine is supported by the Marine E-TEC Field Study (G2968), providing a valuable sales tool in this market.
In the January 2013 issue of Amsoil Magazine, there was a good article on reading product data bulletins. Last month, I also read a discussion on an online forum regarding the pros and cons of using synthetic lubricants. The general feeling is that today’s oils are much better than those of days gone by, and if we just follow the longer drain interval guidelines of most new vehicles, we will be protected from premature engine failure. I know there are plenty of good reasons for using Amsoil synthetic motor oil, but I think the most compelling is the fact that it withstands degradation from extended use better than other conventional or synthetic oils. My question, in light of the article, is what product test data best supports that claim?
Amsoil: While the TBN and high-temperature/ high-shear viscosity results included on product data bulletins tell part of the story on oil longevity, much of it cannot be easily demonstrated with typical product data bulletins. Amsoil conducts and publishes detailed laboratory and field testing of its lubricants to demonstrate Amsoil performance over extended drain intervals. More are currently in development.
January Amsoil Magazine Feedback
I’m very pleased that Amsoil started the new year off with two great articles related to my beliefs. Dan Peterson did a great job of being irritated like me when standing in line to pay for some goods. You read or overhear men in the same line going off about how “this additive will fix that problem for good.” I do on occasion present my Dealer card and offer some advice if I think they might be receptive to it. The other was the always great Zig Ziglar story by Rob Stenberg; he presented the story with true love for the man who we all at Amsoil will be looking to see when we get to the top! Thank you for making the year’s first issue a pleasure to read.
Jon F. Daly
Amsoil: Thank you for your feedback, Jon.