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A weird question about snowmobile oil.

  • TheFamousGrouse
    Participant
    St. Paul, MN
    Posts: 9541
    #2175797

    Is there any brand of 2-stroke snowmobile oil that–how do I put this politely–errrr, doesn’t stink like ####?

    Man, I just hate that obnoxious cloud of crappy smoke and having to put everything down that I own through a decontamination cycle to get that gawdawful smell out.

    I recently acquired the minty vintage Yamaha Venture that my neighbor brought over for me to go through. He decided to sell it and offered it to me at a very good price, so I bought it for a cabin sled. I have no idea what oil he was running, but hooooooo boy does it smell.

    I’m going to use up as much of the existing oil as I can stand before adding new oil to the injector tank, but is there anything I can use to bring down the stink quotient?

    Here’s what I’ve heard before:

    – Amsoil Interceptor – probably the most often mentioned oil as far as lowering the smoke.

    – Klotz – guys used to talk about the unique “Klotz smell”. Not sure if this was a joke or if it really did smell better, but some used to even compare it to a kind of fruit smell. Is this really a thing?

    – BRP’s full synthetic, not sure of the name.

    Other suggestions, of course, are welcome.

    Grouse

    Bearcat89
    Participant
    North branch, mn
    Posts: 10355
    #2175801

    Ams oil is all I run in my dirt bikes and or any 2 stroke. Has a distinctive smell, I think it smells good.

    CaptainMusky
    Participant
    Posts: 9822
    #2175803

    klotz is definitely not as strong of an odor.

    hdog3385
    Participant
    Posts: 116
    #2175811

    For me the worst 2 are Arctic cat, and Brp. Don’t know why but my eyes actually sting following my brother and his Ski doos. For the last 10 years or so I’ve been using Mystik full synthetic snowmobile oil. Cold pour point is excellent, low smoke and cheap for a full syn. Fleet Farm and L&M Fleet supply both carry it .
    Actually it’s under $30 a gallon right now at FF.

    suzuki
    Participant
    Woodbury, Mn
    Posts: 16556
    #2175822

    klotz has an olfactory following. The prettiest I ever encountered was Polaris Gold but they quit making it. That stuff smelled like candy. Im using Polaris VES in my two modern Polaris sleds. I was using Amsoil Interceptor for quite a while before that. Before that I swore by Phillips Injex when I was using conventional oils in my first carbed, non-exhaust valve sleds.

    supercat
    Participant
    Eau Claire, WI
    Posts: 780
    #2175831

    Carberated sleds always exhaust more oil then fuel injected. Not sure what year of venture you have they made them from 1983-2009. Older sleds are going to smell not matter what oil you run in them. Watch the video if you haven’t seen it i’m sure it will make you laugh.

    Coletrain27
    Participant
    Posts: 2883
    #2175845

    The old blue yamalube was always my favorite. Anytime you meet a sled using that on the trail you could tell. I bought a case of Klotz before and never remember that having much of a discount smell to it

    Brian Klawitter
    Keymaster
    Minnesota/Wisconsin Mississippi River
    Posts: 58712
    #2175855

    – Klotz – guys used to talk about the unique “Klotz smell”. Not sure if this was a joke or if it really did smell better, but some used to even compare it to a kind of fruit smell. Is this really a thing?

    Well as much as I love the smell of two stroke Klotz, a good bourbon will put it in second place…in fact, a not so good bourbon will move it down a notch.

    I run it in my 454’s as well…minus the smell.

    If they could make a two stroke oil that smelled like spent shotgun shells, I would switch in a heartbeat. Sorry Klotz.

    weedis
    Participant
    Sauk Rapids, MN
    Posts: 538
    #2175950

    I use amsoil interceptor in both our sleds, 05 Indy 500 and 07 Polaris IQ 600 HO and can’t say I notice a bad smell out of either one.

    Jason
    Participant
    Posts: 448
    #2175953

    Amsoil Interceptor is pretty good.

    After owning Doo 4 stroke turbos for years it makes it hard for me to ride behind some of the stinky sleds/oils that some people use.

    mark-bruzek
    Participant
    Two Harbors, MN
    Posts: 3585
    #2175965

    Second only to the snap, power and lugability the smell is the best part of 2T…

    grpubl7
    Participant
    Central WI
    Posts: 173
    #2176127

    Klotz fan here. In the days when I raced alcohol powered karts and a Kawi 750 drag bike, a tear down of the upper half of the engine would show very minimal wear. The crosshatch on the cylinders was still there…no scuffing of the piston skirts and at the very worst, a light brown coloring to the dome of the pistons. The stuff really did its job well. The smell was very unique and I used to get compliments whenever I pulled the boat up to the dock. In fact, I still have Klotz candles peace

    TheFamousGrouse
    Participant
    St. Paul, MN
    Posts: 9541
    #2176340

    Thanks for the replies, guys.

    I decided to do a 2 stroke taste test, so I got a quart of Interceptor and a quart of Klotz. Of course, first I have to run out some of the old stinky oil, but I’ll report back.

    Klotz definitely gets some of the weirdest smell comparisons. Can’t wait to try that one.

    We took the machine out last weekend and I finally gave up and threw everything I was wearing into the wash today. Coat, hat, gloves, pants, suspenders, everything smelled of 2 stroke.

    Grouse

    MX1825
    Participant
    Posts: 1116
    #2176352

    We took the machine out last weekend and I finally gave up and threw everything I was wearing into the wash today. Coat, hat, gloves, pants, suspenders, everything smelled of 2 stroke.

    Grouse
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    Rick Z
    Participant
    Stark MN
    Posts: 180
    #2176374

    Not to derail the thread but I have another oil question. I have two polaris snowmobiles and was always told to run the polaris oil. But it is now like $70 a gallon and I have to drive 40 miles to get it. If I run Amzoil interceptor that I can get way cheaper and close to home am I giving anythhing up?

    Thanks!

    Kirk Charipar
    Participant
    west central wi
    Posts: 159
    #2176522

    My Polaris takes the VES Gold at $60 a gallon. Some dealers sell it in bulk, so bring your empty jug. I saved $6 on gallon of bulk.
    P.S. You won’t smell someone’s exhaust when you’re leading! hah

    supercat
    Participant
    Eau Claire, WI
    Posts: 780
    #2176544

    Not to derail the thread but I have another oil question. I have two polaris snowmobiles and was always told to run the polaris oil. But it is now like $70 a gallon and I have to drive 40 miles to get it. If I run Amzoil interceptor that I can get way cheaper and close to home am I giving anythhing up?

    Thanks!

    Sorry Rick you will never get a straight answer on a internet forum or at your dealer. This subject has been beat to death on snowmobile forums. New sleds have to run factory oil to maintain there warranty period. It is going to be up to you what you want to run but unless there oil specialist on this site that wants to chime in

    arcticm1000
    Participant
    New Richmond, WI
    Posts: 707
    #2176564

    Not to derail the thread but I have another oil question. I have two polaris snowmobiles and was always told to run the polaris oil. But it is now like $70 a gallon and I have to drive 40 miles to get it. If I run Amzoil interceptor that I can get way cheaper and close to home am I giving anythhing up?

    Thanks!

    Rick, myself and many friends have used Amsoil Interceptor with great results for many years.

    Amsoil has a look up vehicle application on there website that will tell you what type of oil they recommended.

    https://www.amsoil.com/lookup/snowmobile/

    blackbay
    Participant
    mn
    Posts: 642
    #2176606

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Rick Z wrote:</div>
    Not to derail the thread but I have another oil question. I have two polaris snowmobiles and was always told to run the polaris oil. But it is now like $70 a gallon and I have to drive 40 miles to get it. If I run Amzoil interceptor that I can get way cheaper and close to home am I giving anythhing up?

    Thanks!

    Sorry Rick you will never get a straight answer on a internet forum or at your dealer. This subject has been beat to death on snowmobile forums. New sleds have to run factory oil to maintain there warranty period. It is going to be up to you what you want to run but unless there oil specialist on this site that wants to chime in

    It’s not true that you have to run a manufacturers oil. If it was they would have to furnish it to you as per Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. They can only require you to use a certain spec of oil, but not brand.

    Amsoil Intercepter is a very good oil. You are not giving anything up, nor would you with other oils that meet the manufacturer’s specification.

    FWIW Klotz is the best smelling oil.

    grpubl7
    Participant
    Central WI
    Posts: 173
    #2176663

    Klotz Snowmobile TechniPlate Synthetic 2-stroke Premix/Injector Oil – 128 ounces – 54 bux delivered on Amazon. Make the whole neighborhood smell sweet.

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