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Old 31 October 2012, 17:58   #1
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Oil choice and source....

The manual tells me I can use either Evinrude/Johnson XD100 or TC-W3RL for my etec.

Looking through previous posts on this site and others there seems to be no definitive solution.

What is my best solution and best (value for money) source?
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Old 31 October 2012, 18:09   #2
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Your choice is between XD-100 (a proprietary Evinrude product) and XD-50 (which is branded TC-W3). Your motor must be programmed for one or the other. Usage of XD-100 is lower than XD-50/TC-W3.

If you have easy access to XD-100, my advice would be go that road, otherwise use XD-50. I previously ran a pair of Etec 90s. Running at mid-revs, I was getting oil usage of around 130:1 on XD-100, so quite economical.
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If your engine is set to run XD100 use it! It will be putting less oil in so it needs to be XD100. If its not been set to use XD100 then a good quality oil ideally designed for direct injection.
We have great prices on both. http://www.rib-shop.com/prodtype.asp...ageHistory=cat
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If your engine is set to run XD100 use it! It will be putting less oil in so it needs to be XD100. If its not been set to use XD100 then a good quality oil ideally designed for direct injection.
We have great prices on both. http://www.rib-shop.com/prodtype.asp...ageHistory=cat
I am assuming it has been set to the XD 100 as I was given a couple of litres when I bought the boat.

I will check when the engine is serviced!
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If your engine is set to run XD100 use it! It will be putting less oil in so it needs to be XD100. If its not been set to use XD100 then a good quality oil ideally designed for direct injection.
We have great prices on both. http://www.rib-shop.com/prodtype.asp...ageHistory=cat
Loving the premium for the XD 100!!! Is this justified or am I just being cynical?
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Loving the premium for the XD 100!!! Is this justified or am I just being cynical?
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Usage of XD-100 is lower than XD-50/TC-W3.
Jeez - I must stop typing in invisible ink
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Old 31 October 2012, 18:33   #7
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Jeez - I must stop typing in invisible ink
Not really, I know that you get what you pay for!!!

As ever the debate over "initial price v value for money in the long run" can run and run.

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If your engine is set to run XD100 use it! It will be putting less oil in so it needs to be XD100. If its not been set to use XD100 then a good quality oil ideally designed for direct injection.
We have great prices on both. http://www.rib-shop.com/prodtype.asp...ageHistory=cat
Will give you a bell and get an order in.

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Severs ETEC owners will tell you that if you want to really err on the side of caution and really protect your engine, set it for XD-50/TCW3 but still fill it with XD-100. Personally i see it as an overkill to do that but I know several owners on an ETEC forum who swear by that.

The great thing about owning an ETEC is the ease at which you can connect to the engine using an easy to make cable and the relevant software......you don't need to be a mechanic to benefit from the info the EVdiagnostics displays to you as the owner and the engine usage summary is very useful.

I have my ETEC 225 set to XD-100 and am using the expensive oil
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Severs ETEC owners will tell you that if you want to really err on the side of caution and really protect your engine, set it for XD-50/TCW3 but still fill it with XD-100. Personally i see it as an overkill to do that but I know several owners on an ETEC forum who swear by that.

The great thing about owning an ETEC is the ease at which you can connect to the engine using an easy to make cable and the relevant software......you don't need to be a mechanic to benefit from the info the EVdiagnostics displays to you as the owner and the engine usage summary is very useful.

I have my ETEC 225 set to XD-100 and am using the expensive oil
Mine's using XD100 and set to TCW3 setting for maximum protection, because that's what I understand is best in cold conditions and water temp here is single figures C.

It doesn't smoke at all. I think I got about ten gallons of XD100 oil (US gallons - 3.7L) when I bought the boat and I have used about six or seven of them in two years, so just about to think about ordering some more.
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