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    Default Maxima 3w vs Maxima 3w synthetic

    just seeing if anyone can weigh in on the two maxima 3w shock oils that's available. The synthetic one is clear/ light gold in color and is more expensive. The other is red in color and is marked as "high performance".
    I've only ever used the synthetic one without any issue but has anyone used both and can tell me the difference? Besides my wallet being lighter with the synthetic, are there any benefits of it?
    Thanks in advance.
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    Default Re: Maxima 3w vs Maxima 3w synthetic

    Huge subject that is impossible to evaluate without a testing lab. In general, synthetics are more resistant to breakdown caused by heat. But there are synthetics, and then there are synthetics. Base stock is everything. Sorry, I'm no help at all but it's impossible to know.
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    Default Re: Maxima 3w vs Maxima 3w synthetic

    Looking at the data sheets for both, it appears the mineral version has a little lighter viscosity at 40 C and it's slightly more stable from 40 to 100 C. Based on the data sheets, they both look like pretty good shock oils. Not sure which one would hold up longer.
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    Default Re: Maxima 3w vs Maxima 3w synthetic

    thanks guys. since i'm doing my own stuff, i'll do my shock when i do my forks which is in the 40-60 hour range. I don't think I need to worry about longevity since I won't be letting it go that long.
    Thanks for the chart. I think i'll have to get a bottle of the red and see how it feels and if I feel any difference with it being lighter in viscosity. I hope they equal out on feel and how they last. the red will be much cheaper over time.
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    Default Re: Maxima 3w vs Maxima 3w synthetic

    The red is the only stuff i have found in my town. So far it has been working excellently in my 200 pds shock. Also using it as clutch fluid in place of mineral oil on the old bike. Plan to use it in my 300 shock but havent done so yet. Cam.

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    Default Re: Maxima 3w vs Maxima 3w synthetic

    Thanks Cam. What hour intervals have you changed it at and howd the oil look?
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    Default Re: Maxima 3w vs Maxima 3w synthetic

    I've been using Shock Therapy Light (Amsoil synthetic) for awhile now in KYB, Sachs, and recently a WP link shock on a Husky. It's very much like KYB K2C, works good and relatively cheap by the case. I do suspension for myself and few other people so like to have a good quantity on hand.

    If oil comes out looking bad its usually a problem other than the oil. "Dirty" shock oil is most certainly anodizing worn from the body, normal shock temps do not discolor oil. Forks have a lot more going on as far as potential wear points.
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