Monday, April 30, 2018

New ATV/UTV Oil Change Kits

New ATV/UTV Oil Change Kits Offer Maximum Convenience

New ATV/UTV Oil Change Kits
AMSOIL ATV/UTV Oil Change Kits combine everything needed to perform an oil change on the most popular models of Polaris* ATVs and UTVs in one convenient package, including...
  • 2 or 2.5 quarts (depending on the kit) of AMSOIL 5W-50 Synthetic ATV/UTV Motor Oil
    • 1 oil filter
To find the correct ATV/UTV Oil Change Kit for your machine, consult the appropriate Product Guide.


Accessories equal weight. It’s common to burden your UTV or ATV with accessories designed to increase power or productivity, especially for UTV owners. Enthusiasts often add roof and door panels, a winch, a plow, skid plates and other accessories. Plus, how often do you haul a load of gravel or pull a trailer or other implement? 
This all adds weight, and a good rule of thumb is that extra weight equals extra heat. Heat, in turn, causes lubricants to break down sooner, which places your engine and differentials at risk of wear.
Heat invites engine wear. The oil’s primary job is to form a protective layer on metal parts to keep them separated so they don’t rub together and wear out. High heat from the stress you place on your machine, however, can cause oils formulated for standard service to become thinner (lose viscosity). Oil that has lost viscosity can fail to develop an oil film of adequate thickness or strength to protect against wear. 
UTVPlus, high heat invites sludge and performance-robbing deposits inside the engine. Sludge can clog oil passages and starve the engine of oil, while deposits can cause the piston rings to stick or interfere with proper valve operation, leading to reduced engine compression.
Since compression equals power, over time your engine can make less power, limiting your ability to ride or work as effectively as possible. Eventually, deposits and sludge can wreck the engine completely.
Shift to better performance. The story is similar inside the transmission, differential and front drive. All the extra weight and stress of hard work and performance riding concentrates intense pressure on gears. The lubricant coats the gear teeth during operation, guarding against metal-to-metal contact and wear. The added stress, combined with high heat, can break the fluid film and literally squeeze the lubricant from between the gears, leading to wear. As with the motor oil, high heat causes the lubricant to thin, which negatively affects wear protection.
Upgrade to synthetic lubricants. So what’s the solution? Ride more conservatively? Haul lighter loads and work less? 
Never. Upgrade to high-quality AMSOIL synthetic motor oil, differential and transmission fluid, front drive fluid and other lubricants, especially if you’ve modified your ATV or UTV for greater power or productivity. AMSOIL synthetic ATV/UTV lubricants don’t contain the impurities inherent to conventional lubricants, meaning they deliver better performance and last longer. Their naturally tough base oils resist extreme heat and maintain a strong protective film better than conventional products.
Think of synthetics as just another performance upgrade. You don’t think twice about dropping a few hundred dollars on a snowplow or work trailer. Over the course of your machine’s life, the few extra dollars you spend per oil change or transmission/differential service is a drop in the bucket by comparison.
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Robert Bruton

Thursday, April 12, 2018

3 Reasons to Use a Motor Oil Specifically Formulated for Marine Engine

Bruton Motor Sports, AMSOIL

3 Reasons to Use a Motor Oil Specifically Formulated for Marine Engine
Although some boaters and anglers don’t realize it, using a dedicated marine oil is vital to protecting marine motors.
1) Rust and Corrosion
Protection against rust and corrosion is the number-one reason. Despite what most people assume, motor oils have no natural ability to protect against rust or corrosion. Instead, special rust and corrosion inhibitors must be added to the formulation to provide the required protection, and some oils simply don’t contain the correct additives in the correct concentration.
During engine operation, a layer of oil coats engine parts and the crankcase walls. The lubricant film protects against rust and corrosion as long as it remains in place. However, after you shut down the motor for the day, gravity draws the oil back down into the oil sump, leaving components unprotected. The longer the engine sits, the more likely rust and corrosion will form.
Once rust begins to form, it doesn’t stop. It can slowly spread to the crankshaft journals, cylinder wall, piston rings and other areas. It acts like sandpaper and scours metal surfaces until engine failure results. It can also prevent the piston rings from forming a good seal against the cylinder wall, which reduces compression and leads to power loss.
Aluminum parts may not rust, but they can corrode, especially in marine motors constantly exposed to humid air. All cylinders aren’t completely sealed when the engine shuts down, allowing damp air to infiltrate the combustion chamber and cause aluminum pistons to corrode. Corrosion on the piston crown invites conditions that can lead to pre-ignition/detonation, a phenomenon where the fuel/air mixture ignites sporadically and potentially causes catastrophic engine failure.
It’s vital to use a motor oil formulated with anti-rust/anti-corrosion additives in marine engines. These additives form a resilient protective layer that clings to engine parts for maximum protection. Since passenger cars/trucks are typically driven daily, rust and corrosion largely isn’t a concern. As such, most passenger car motor oils don’t contain sufficient rust and corrosion inhibitors for marine engines. Make sure you use a motor oil specifically formulated for your application.
2) Fuel Dilution
Fuel dilution is another problem many boat owners don’t think about. It’s especially problematic in marine engines compared to other engines. Outboard motors typically use the lake or river water for cooling. When you start the motor, it immediately draws cold water into the cooling system and circulates it throughout the motor. Compared to an engine with a closed cooling system – one that uses a radiator and coolant – it takes longer to warm up. A colder engine prevents the rings from sealing completely. More clearance between the ring and cylinder wall allows fuel to leak into the oil sump, diluting the oil and reducing its ability to protect against wear.
3) Increased Stress
Adding to the challenge, marine motors are constantly under load, which can shear the structure of the motor oil and reduce its ability to guard against wear. The typical marine motor propelling a boat 30 mph operates around 5,000 rpm. Compare that to an automotive engine, which runs about 2,000 rpm at 60 mph. Unlike automotive engines, which catch a break every time you coast down a hill or roll up to a red light, boat motors rarely coast.
RPM That increased stress requires a robust oil formulated to withstand the shearing conditions inside the engine. An improperly formulated oil can lose viscosity, which prevents the oil from forming a durable lubricating film on parts and protecting against wear.
AMSOIL marine engine oils are formulated to deliver the extra measure of rust and corrosion resistance and resistance to viscosity loss today’s four-stroke marine engines need to run at peak performance. They maximize your engine’s performance and life, helping you stay on the water and avoid the hassles of unnecessary maintenance.

Bob Bruton

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Vitamin D & Your Health

Vitamin D Plays Important Role in Health

Vitamin D plays an important role in many areas of your health. It contributes to bone strength, heart health and disease prevention. It also plays an important role in the immune system.
One study found that insufficient levels of vitamin D3 have been reported in 36 percent of healthy adolescents and 57 percent of adults in the U.S. Other studies estimate that one billion people worldwide have insufficient vitamin D3 levels.
A major challenge to overcome high rates of vitamin D deficiency is that it’s not easy to maintain sufficient levels of vitamin D with diet and lifestyle, according to Amy Myers, M.D.
Nicknamed the “sunshine vitamin,” the primary source of vitamin D is through sun exposure, which triggers a process on your skin that produces vitamin D.
However, busy lifestyles mean we’re spending fewer hours outside. On top of that, fear of skin cancer means wearing sunscreen during that limited sun exposure, which reduces the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D by more than 90 percent. Living farther north, where you receive fewer direct sun rays, or having darker skin, which absorbs less sunlight, further reduces your ability to produce vitamin D.
Not many foods are naturally rich in vitamin D. These foods include salmon, fish liver oil, organ meat, such as beef liver and egg yolks.
Vitamin D works as a kind of light switch in your body, turning on or off genes and processes that your body needs to maintain health. Active vitamin D is sent to many different areas of your body, including your bones, intestines, colon, brain and immune cells, which all have vitamin D receptors, according to Meyers. The active vitamin D binds to these receptors and promotes vitamin D responsive genes, essentially turning them on.
Sufficient levels of Vitamin D reduce your risk of infectious disease by strengthening your innate immune system, according to Myers. Vitamin D turns on key peptides in your immune system that trigger a strong anti-microbial response, allowing you to quickly and effectively fight off invaders before they can develop into a full-blown infection.
If you decide to take a vitamin D supplement, it should be vitamin D3, the form of the vitamin that is most beneficial to your body. Also, because vitamin D is fat-soluble, it should be taken with a meal for better absorption.
According to a report from WebMD, one study proved that people who take their vitamin D supplement with the largest meal of the day get as much as 50 percent better absorption.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Using The Wrong Weight Motor Oil

Using a motor oil whose viscosity is too low or too high for your engine can invite a few problems, such as reduced fuel economy, increased chemical breakdown and increased wear. To understand why you should first understand viscosity. 
What is viscosity?
Viscosity is defined as a liquid's resistance to flow. The higher an oil’s viscosity, the less readily it flows from a container when poured. Think of honey and water. Honey has a higher viscosity and flows more slowly than water.
Your vehicle owner's manual specifies the correct viscosity of oil to use in your engine. Sometimes, it'll specify a range of viscosities from which you can choose depending on the weather. For example, it may recommend 10W-40 in warm weather and 0W-40 in cold weather.
The first number (the "10W" in 10W-40, for example) describes the oil's ability to flow in cold temperatures. It's helpful to think of the "W" as standing for "winter." The lower the oil's "W" viscosity, the more readily it will flow when it's cold.
The second number (the "40" in 10W-40) describes the oil's ability to flow at 100ºC (212ºF), or normal operating temperature. Higher numbers indicate the oil remains thicker when the engine is hot, which translates into better wear protection. A 0W-40 and a 10W-40 are the same viscosity when the engine reaches operating temperature, but the 0W-40 will flow better in cold weather. 
Too low can invite wear
Using an oil that's too thin can compromise wear protection over time. The oil should adequately fill the clearances between engine parts to help prevent metal-to-metal contact.
The crankshaft journals, for example, ride on a thin layer of oil that forms between the journal and bearing surfaces. If the oil's too thin to properly fill the space and remain in place, the two surfaces will contact and wear out.
Extreme stress and heat add to the challenge. The oil's viscosity has a direct bearing on its ability to develop a lubricating film of sufficient thickness to keep parts from contacting. Since oil thins as it's heated, the already-too-thin oil becomes even thinner under extreme heat, worsening the problem.
Oil that’s too thin can also lead to insufficient oil pressure to properly support variable valve timing systems in newer engines. Low oil pressure may also result in the lifters not staying in contact with the cam lobes, causing noise and increased wear.
Too thick reduces fuel economy
Since higher viscosity oils offer better load-carrying ability, hence wear protection, you'd think using the highest viscosity oil possible would make sense. Why not use 20W-50 in everything?
Thicker oil, for one, is tougher to pump throughout the engine, which reduces fuel economy. The oil also won’t reach vital components at startup as quickly as lower-viscosity oils, inviting wear.
In cold weather, oil that's too thick can hinder your engine's ability to start, straining your battery at best, and leaving you stranded at worst.
Overly thick oil doesn't transfer heat from engine parts as readily as thinner oils. Increased viscosity also increases internal friction, which increases operating temperatures. Higher temperatures cause oil to oxidize faster, or chemically break down. This eventually leads to sludge that, if bad enough, can block oil passages and starve the engine of oil, leading to engine failure.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Scout Trailer Kit (Include Tires and Wheels) - 87400

  • Additional accessories shown are sold separately
  • Removable/adjustable fenders
  • Pro Comp AT Sport tires 265/70R17 mounted on Pro Comp Series 51 Steel Wheels (qty 3)
  • 5x5 wheel bolt pattern
  • All doors equipped with locking t-handle latches
  • 3 main doors with slider drawer system
  • S/S sliders with 200 lbs. capacity
  • Rear sliders have hold open/closed latches to prevent unwanted movement
  • All sliders equipped with hold close latches
  • Kitchenette cabinet with locking drawer
  • Generator/fridge cabinet with Mesh floor
  • Integrated tie-down points front and sides. 2 front, 4 each side one on top of the main compartment
  • Electric brakes with integrated breakaway brake system
  • 7 pin trailer wiring socket
  • 2 inch front receiver /hitch mount adaptable to use articulating hitch or pintle hook
  • 2 inch rear receiver hitch for mounting accessories
  • 2 rear mounted shackle mounts for 3/4 inch shackles
  • 2 inch ball coupler included for on-road use ONLY
  • For off-road use you must use an articulating style coupler
*Additional accessories shown are sold separately. Smittybilt thought of everything with their new Scout Trailer. Starting with a fully boxed galvanized steel frame which is then powder coated with the undercarriage featuring heavy-duty undercoating. The Scout boasts a payload of 1763 pounds that allows you to carry enough gear for even your biggest adventures. Two-inch receivers are found at each end of the trailer that allows the use of articulating hitches and the addition of hitch-mounted accessories. Three off-road jacks make the Scout easy to unhook and level. Electric axle brakes in conjunction with a self-charging trailer breakaway system provide the ultimate security in the event of trailer detachment and meet trailer brake laws in all 50 states. The independent trailing arm suspension features coil springs, dual shocks and limit straps which are both simple and reliable while providing a smooth ride. The galvanized 14-gauge powder coated tub has a large main compartment and two side cabinets meaning that you will never run out of space again. The side cabinets make a perfect spot to fit your generator or a camp kitchen, with easy access and locking t-handles. Removable steel fenders accommodate almost any size tire and an aluminum tongue box is perfect for deep cycle batteries and electrical systems. Below the instant-up tent (optional) by the main cabinet of the Scout houses dual sliding floors with four tie-down points per slider and dual locking T-handles. Rain gutter rails allow for even further mounting of rack systems to carry your kayaks, bicycles, or whatever toys you want bring along on your next backcountry journey.
camping trailer


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Synthetic Air Tool Oil

New Synthetic Air Tool Oil provides smooth operation, reduces wear and extends tool life.

Premium Air Tool Protection
Air (pneumatic) tools are commonly used amongst automotive enthusiasts, mechanics and craftsmen. Powered by compressed air, they provide exceptional precision and higher power-to-weight ratios than their conventional power-tool counterparts, making them popular choices for those working with tools on a regular basis and for extended periods.
Air tools must be lubricated to prevent premature wear, generally requiring a few drops of oil in the intake port before and after each use and as needed.
AMSOIL Synthetic Air Tool Oil
New AMSOIL Synthetic Air Tool Oil effectively lubricates rotary and piston-type air-tool bearings and motors, while managing moisture and conditioning rubber and plastic seals and O-rings. It ensures air tools run smooth, reduces wear and helps tools last for years, even generations.
  • Helps prevent corrosion and deposits, allowing air tools to run cleanly and reliably.
  • Reduces wear, extending tool life.
  • Dispenses easily.


AMSOIL Synthetic Air Tool Oil provides outstanding protection and performance in common air tools, including grinders, impact wrenches, ratchet wrenches, chisels, drills, sanders, hammers and nailers.

Robert Bruton independent AMSOIL Dealer! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ATV Performance

Optimum ATV Life & Performance

Five Challenges (and solutions)

Optimum ATV Life & Performance
ATVs and UTVs used for racing, trail riding, heavy hauling and nearly every other application share at least one trait: they pose significant challenges to the fluids that protect them. Despite spending thousands to purchase and modify their machines, some enthusiasts mistakenly see no reason for using premium fluids when performing service. AMSOIL synthetic motor oil, grease, fuel additives and other fluids, however, are formulated to meet the challenges posed by ATVs and UTVs better than lower-cost conventional products.

1. Extreme Engine Stress

High-rpm, hot-running ATV and UTV engines create extreme conditions that can quickly degrade inferior oils. The churning action of engine parts combined with elevated heat causes shearing forces that can tear apart, or shear, the molecular structure of the oil. Additionally, the intense pressure the oil undergoes as it is repeatedly forced through tight clearances, such as the interfaces of the piston ring/cylinder wall and cam lobe/lifter, also causes viscosity loss due to shear. Oil that has sheared out of its intended viscosity range can fail to form a protective lubricating film on critical engine parts, leading to accelerated wear.

2. All-Season Performance

Adding to the challenge, engine oil must balance cold-weather fluidity with high temperature protection, particularly in models used year-round where ambient conditions vary widely. For this reason, many ATVs and UTVs require oils with a broad viscosity rating (e.g. 0W-40). Lower “W” numbers indicate the oil flows more readily at colder temperatures, improving cold starts and allowing the oil to circulate quickly for fast engine protection. The second number indicates the oil’s viscosity at operating temperature. Higher numbers indicate the oil remains thicker. Because increased viscosity relates to the oil’s ability to bear load, one might assume a higher viscosity at operating temperature equals increased protection. However, using oil with an unnecessarily high viscosity can increase fluid friction, which reduces fuel efficiency. It can also increase operating temperature, hastening oil oxidation and degradation. Oil that is too thick to flow through oil galleries and tolerances designed for a specific viscosity can fail to protect the engine. Finding the optimum balance is vital to all season performance.

3. Ethanol Problems

Currently, most gasoline sold in the U.S. contains up to 10 percent ethanol (E10), and government agencies and lawmakers have authorized sale of gas containing 15 percent (E15). Ethanol is susceptible to water intrusion; when water collects in the gas tank through condensation or other means, the bond between ethanol and gasoline can break because ethanol is hygroscopic (it likes water more than it likes gasoline). This phenomenon is known as phase separation. The ethanol bonds with the water and sinks to the bottom of the fuel tank, which can create a host of problems, including the formation of gums, varnish and other insoluble debris that can plug fuel flow passages and negatively affect engine performance. When this ethanol/water mixture is pulled into the engine, it creates a lean-burn situation that increases combustion chamber temperatures and can lead to piston scuffing or catastrophic engine failure.

Treat gasoline stored in cans with AMSOIL Quickshot®, formulated to address ethanol-related problems, specifically phase separation. Quickshot contains a high concentration of potent cleaning agents that clean combustion chamber, injector and carburetor deposits for maximum performance. It is designed for use at each fill-up for best performance.

4. Chaincase and Gearcase Protection

To reduce costs, some enthusiasts use automatic transmission fluid or gear lube in their chaincases and gearcases. Neither fluid, however, is engineered for these applications. Automatic transmission fluid is a hydraulic fluid formulated without the extreme-pressure additives needed to provide enhanced wear protection, leaving gears and chains vulnerable to premature failure. Automotive gear lube is designed to lubricate hypoid gears and is generally too thick for proper chain and gear lubrication, impairing circulation and leading to wear and decreased energy efficiency.

AMSOIL Synthetic Chain case & Gear Oil is specifically formulated for powersports chain case and gear case applications. It contains extreme-pressure additives to provide an extra measure of wear protection, while it is also designed to repel water and resist foam and corrosion.

5. Water Washout and Increased Heat

Whether at work or play, ATVs and UTVs are commonly exposed to water, mud and ice. Frequent water exposure can wash the grease from suspension and steering components, inviting corrosion and wear. AMSOIL Synthetic Water Resistant Grease features increased adhesion and cohesion properties compared to other greases. It resists water washout to remain in place, making it perfect for aTV and UTV applications. It is available in convenient 3-oz. cartridges for use with the AMSOIL Grease Gun Kit, which provides the ideal package size for powersports applications.

AMSOIL DOMINATOR® Synthetic Racing Grease is recommended for high-performance racing ATVs exposed to high heat and friction. It is specifically formulated for maximum friction-reduction and high-temperature performance.

Following these simple yet effective guidelines when performing maintenance can help enthusiasts get the best performance and most years out of their ATVs and UTVs.

Bruton Motor Sports