Should I use synthetic oil?

Discussion in '2-Stroke Engines' started by Virginian, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. Virginian

    Virginian Member

    Should I use pure synthetic oil for my Tanaka 32cc 2-stroke?

    I have read posts on this forum, and most people praise synthetic oil. My hardware store guy says it is more slippery and thus gives more power and less wear on 2-stroke engines.

    However, I talked to Dennis at GEBE, and he didn't recommend pure synthetic oil. He says it runs hot and will increase engine wear. He suggests blending half synthetic and half regular (like I really want to bother with additional mixing).

    Also, Tanaka sells oil for its 2-strokes, but they sell only regular oil, not synthetic. Does that mean they don't recommend synthetic?

  2. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

    Synthetic is very good. I like Opti2 or Amsoil Dominator.
    I do not know if it is true, but I heard that Opti2 was recently changed to a synthetic blend formula.
  3. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I've gone over this topic in detail and depth some time ago.
    Basically, buy the cheapest 2-stroke oil and run it at 25:1 in a japanese engine or 20:1 in a chinese engine.

    Any 2-stroke engine will operate on synthetic oil; mineral oil, engine oil, vegetable oil or even dirty old black sump oil at 16:1

    Virginian, you can always use the search function on the site to research the issue further.