What kind of lube does Godzilla prefer?

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I was wondering what your guys thoughts are on best oil for the 7.3L?

I’ve always been the type who trades in every few years, so longevity was never a concern and as such I always used the ford recommended semi-synthetic.

Now thinking I wanna keep this truck for the long term upwards of 10 years, and was curious of your knowledgeable opinions.

Is it worth is to go full synthetic? Or will the semi-synthetic that Ford recommends perform well enough?

What are the themes with Godzilla using?
 

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I’m going semi for the first change. Then full at 5 or 6 k miles.
Change at 2k miles. Then again at 6k then every 10k miles on full synthetic.

In the Yukon you have different temps/factors that NorCal will never see.
 

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I did my first oil change at 3k miles, had the dealer do it. So whatever Ford uses is what I have.
 

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Ford does a blend...might do that at first then go full synthetic after. Not too worried about the frequency. Probably follow Ford's recommendation. Part of the reason I purchased the 7.3 push rod engine, durability and reliability for the long haul.
 
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Thanks for the thoughts. I typically just go with the Ford recommended as well. Was wondering if someone was going to have strong opinions towards synthetic. The thread is young...
 

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My only experience so far with synthetic is in my 2012 6.2L Raptor. Has 156k miles and purring like a kitten. Will be running full synthetic in this beast too.

Edit... I have run synthetic in other non-Ford vehicles for years with no issues.

C
 

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I would go with what the manual says. Benefits of syn to me are negligible unless you live in an extremely cold climate and want easier starts or are looking to go beyond the mfgr. suggested OCI’s. Regular old dino oil has shown to be just as effective out to and beyond recommended intervals in literally thousands of documented OA’s.
 

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Mobil 1 all around, I dropped the factory oil and diff at 1000 miles and do an oil change at 7500 with the Ford Racing oil filter. Been running Mobil 1 for 35 years with several high mileage vehicles. My 2012 Raptor had 200k when I traded it in with no problems (wish I kept it instead of buying a 2018), I always did 7500 miles and the same Ford Racing filter FL820.
 

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I changed oil at 2k, Pennzoil Ultra Platinum. Ordered two 5-quart bottle on Amazon. It took just shy of 8 quarts. Haven't cut the filter open yet. I intend to have this truck for 10+ years. Will send the next oil change in for analysis, because I'm a nerd like that.
 

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Anyone else annoyed with the dipstick? It is about 4ft long and flimsy, even has a riveted connection in the middle. It also hangs on something when it is about a foot from going all the way in, probably the rivet connection. I hope they upgrade this thing so I can replace it or get an aftermarket one, this one seems like an afterthought.
 

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Anyone else annoyed with the dipstick? It is about 4ft long and flimsy, even has a riveted connection in the middle. It also hangs on something when it is about a foot from going all the way in, probably the rivet connection. I hope they upgrade this thing so I can replace it or get an aftermarket one, this one seems like an afterthought.
Yep it’s janky
 

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Mobil 1 First oil change at 2600 miles next will be at 5000. Going to do 5000 mile oil changes and tire rotations. Oil change is easy but yes the dipstick could be improved.
 
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