My name is Evan and I have been involved in recreational motorsports for the last 20 years. In the past, I’ve run Spectro’s 2-stroke oils in my 1989 Suzuki Quadzilla engine, but that was the full extent of my experience with your lubricants. Recently, I was given the opportunity to test some of your other products including the Golden 4 Off-Road Semi-Synthetic 10w40, the 101 Rust Penetrant, and the Z-Clean Chain Lube, all of which have exceeded my expectation for excellence.
The first product I tested was the 10w40. I have been running it in my 2001 Yamaha Wolverine 350 since fall 2011. I put this vehicle through its paces every time I ride it. It is stock bore with a high compression piston, cam, intake, and exhaust. It also has a myriad of other upgrades but those are the main ones on the motor. I have also been running the 10w40 in my KLX 110 pit bike. That motor is punched to a 143cc, high compression piston, cam, heavy duty output shaft, race port and polish, valve job, and supporting mods all performed by Chugs Moto Performance in Woodbury, CT. After 6 months of continued harsh conditions, the Spectro Golden 4 Off-Road Semi-Synthetic 10w40 has proven itself side by side with the best oils I have put to the test.
The second product I had the opportunity to sample was Spectro’s new Z-Clean chain lubricant. At first glance, I was skeptical this product was simply “re-inventing the wheel,” but I found myself pleasantly surprised. I have been using one form or another of chain wax for years with most of my off-road riding being deep in the woods with wet and harsh environments. While chain wax is an excellent product and does hold up under the wet conditions, I have found it to always make such a mess of the surrounding parts. After running the Z-Clean, I came to realize you get the same or better protection without all the “collateral damage” of a chain wax. I will continue to use it in the future.
Finally, I had the chance to test Spectro’s 101 lubricant and rust penetrant. I have always been a strong proponent of penetrating lubricants, and have used quite a bit of WD-40 in the past. I have a 1912 Harley Davidson with the original patina. I did a ton of research and found a foaming penetrating lubricant by the name of Gibbs. I had never seen anything like it. It was one of the most amazing penetrants, bringing back so much vibrancy to the patina. Now, you might be asking why I am talking about Gibbs when I tested Spectro’s 101. While the Gibbs is an amazing product, and no cost is too much for the 1912 Harley, the stuff was way too expensive to use as an everyday lubricant. When the 101 came along it blew me away. The Spectro 101 is on par with Gibbs, but for a fraction of the cost. I tend to be quick on the trigger, but my first container of 101 lasted me twice as long as any container of WD-40. I used the 101 on my dirt bikes, ATVs, snowmobiles, car, tractors, motorcycles, watercraft, and the list goes on! The 101 became a MUST HAVE for my lubricants shelf in the garage. I have even been happy enough with the results to use it on my 1912 Harley motorcycle as I prep it for riding season this spring.
If you were to ask me what my feelings are about testing some more Spectro products, “chomping at the bit” would be an under-statement. Thank you Spectro for making superior products in a competing market at a reasonable price point.