cheap 2 stroke oil vs expensive oil for paramotoring

Cheap 2 stroke oil VS Premium – Plus 7 top oil choices for paramotoring

When you walk into the supermarket and see those super cheap bottles of 2 stroke oil on the shelf, it’s really tempting to grab a few. After all, you can get 4 litres of the cheap stuff for the price of 1 litre of the premium oil, so why not?

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My experience with cheap 2 stroke oil

I’ve never ran cheap 2 stroke oil in my paramotors, so my experience of cheap oil goes back to my motorcycle days. Dirt bike engines are exactly the same as paramotor engines so they’re a perfect comparison.

In the motocross community many people will tell you they’ve used cheap oil for many years without seizing an engine. As a kid I always used cheap oil with no problems, but I never kept bikes for long.

As soon as I got on the road and started keeping my bikes for longer, I started to notice a few things…

  • Large flakes of carbon would build up in the exhaust system which would zap power.
  • Carbon would build up around the spark plug meaning I had to clean them regularly.
  • Cylinder heads and pistons would need cleaning periodically to remove carbon. The build up caused serious preignition on one of my bikes!

I spoke to my local bike repair shop about this and was told it could be the 2 stroke oil I was using. So I bought the best oil they had at the time, which was Castrol TTS, now also known as Castrol Power 1 racing in the UK.

I started using the oil and immediately noticed far less smoke from the exhaust. And over the next few months of daily use, the bike had very little carbon build up compared to the cheap oil.

So, should you buy the premium 2 stroke oil?

My experience with cheap 2 stroke oil told me that you can most definitely expect more carbon to build up in your engine and exhaust system. Other people report the same, I’ve also read about gunging in the carburettor, and destroyed oil pumps.

Fortunately we don’t have to worry about oil pumps with paramotors, but a gunged up carburettor could eventually mean an emergency landing.

Paramotors also differ from bikes because we’re normally cruising along at very low RPM. A dirt bike will normally be screaming it’s cogs off at 10,000 RPM. This means paramotors are even more prone to carbon build up simply because they aren’t burning it away.

I regularly remove the exhaust from my Vitorazzi Moster Plus to change the exhaust bush, and there is still no carbon build up in over 150 hours. I’ve ran it on Castrol Power 1 Racing from day one, so I definitely recommend this oil.

You should also bare the JASO rating in mind, you’ll find this on the back of the bottle. JASO is the highest possible rating for 2-stroke oils which shows that it’s passed certain quality tests.

These are the ratings you’ll find on each bottle, with JASO FD being the highest quality oil…

JASO FA – original spec established regulating lubricity, detergency, initial torque, exhaust smoke and exhaust system blocking.

JASO FB – increased lubricity, detergency, exhaust smoke and exhaust system blocking requirements over FA.

JASO FC – lubricity and initial torque requirements same as FB, however far higher detergency, exhaust smoke and exhaust system blocking requirements over FB.

JASO FD – same as FC with far higher detergency requirement.

paramotor oil

It gets to a point where it’s really not worth spending the extra money. The oils listed below are what you should be aiming for. If you buy the super expensive stuff you’ll end up spending the same in the long run as you would on a full top end rebuild, so is it really worth it? For me it’s a no!

Recommended 2 stroke oils for your paramotor

paramotor oil recommendations

According to the most popular paramotoring forums online, these are the seven most used and recommended oils amongst pilots. All of these are also very highly rated on Amazon as you can see at the links.

1. Motul 800

The most popular 2-stroke oil for paramotor pilots is Motul 800. Motul claim that this oil exceeds the current JASO FD standard, and that it has one of the best lubricating formulations available.

Motul 800 is ester based, which gives it the added benefit of offering better protection the hotter the engine gets. This happens as the molecular bonding process is heat activated, this makes these oils superior.

The flash point of Motul 800 makes it perfect for higher revving engines, and may be preferred if you like to fly at higher altitudes. this is because you’ll be under power for long periods of time while climbing, if you tend to fly under lower power or lower revs you should choose Motul 710 in the list below.

Check the current price of this awesome oil on Amazon by clicking HERE.

2. Castrol Power 1 Racing 2T

When I started racing motocross bikes, Castrol TTS was the top choice for all of the best riders, and it’s the second most popular choice for paramotorists.

This can still be found under the name TTS in some countries, but Castrol updated the name to Power 1 racing in back in 2012. Be sure to buy 2T because Castrol also do the 4 stroke version which looks identical, and has tricked me before!

Castrol Power 1 Racing is JASO FD and API-TC rated. It’s also passed ISO-L-EGD testing, which is very similar to JASO FD requirements. The oil creates a rapid combustion of the mixture to provide the pilot with an excellent throttle response. This oil can be used as premix, or for paramotors with their own lubricating system.

See the current price of Castrol Power 1 Racing on Amazon by clicking HERE.

3. Maxima Castor 927

Another super popular oil in the paramotoring world, this oil was originally aimed specifically at dirt bike riders, and the smell is unmistakable. As you may have guessed from the name, it’s Castor oil based. Castor oil is known to offer better protection under extreme conditions.

Maxima Castor 927 is designed to ensure maximum performance under the most severe conditions, and it will keep your engine running clean and free of gum formation. It’s designed for premix only, and is not intended for use in oil injection systems.

There’s no JASO rating, but that’s not always a bad thing, it just means that the manufacturer hasn’t paid for the testing. Just a quick google search gave me a bunch of threads where people were bragging this oil up after years of testing, that’s why it made the list!

Check out the awesome Maxima Castor 927 reviews, and see the current price on Amazon HERE.

4. Silkolene Comp 2

Silkolene comp 2 is another ester based formula, designed for both both premix and injector systems. This oil has passed both JASO FC and JASO FD testing, and also meets API TC and ISO L-EGD requirements. A top rated oil designed for low smoke, low ash, and believe it or not is environmentally friendly.

Silkolene are also making comp 2 plus which is designed as an ultra low smoke, clean burning lubricant. These are both great choices for use in your paramotor, and they’re also highly recommended for use in cold weather due to them having a low viscosity. This makes it excellent for paramotoring in general, or great for high altitude flying.

Check the current price of Silkolene Comp 2 on Amazon HERE.

5. Motul 710

A very similar ester based oil to the previously mentioned Motul 800, but Motul 710 has a lower flash point. This makes it ideal for pilots who are spending more time flying in the lower RPM range, compared to a high altitude pilot who will be flying at the maximum RPM for long periods.

This lower flash point means excess oil will not be blown straight out of the exhaust and wasted. It will also burn as intended and prevent carbon build-up at lower revs.

A couple of examples of who this oil would work well for would be low level pilots, or those who don’t do much flying above 500 feet.

This oil is JASO FC and JASO FD certified, and it meets API-TC, and ISO-L-EGD standards.

Check out this top rated oil on Amazon by clicking HERE.

6. Silkolene Pro 2

Another excellent oil from Silkolene, their Pro 2 formula has been developed alongside grand prix and international racing teams. They’re so confident in the oil that they recommend just a 50:1 (2%) mix. This obviously shows quality, but it also means that you will use less oil, saving you money!

Recommended for all 2-stroke paramotor engines, it’s ester based and utilises aerospace technology to provide superior lubrication.

This oil maintains a strong film strength at high engine temperatures. This provides the latest racing engines with the outstanding load-carrying and cleanliness requirements, necessary for full power output even at high fuel to oil ratios.

Check the current price of Silkolene Pro 2 on Amazon HERE.

7. Maxima formula K2

Formula K2 is a very high performance 100 percent synthetic 2-cycle lubricant utilizing 2000 centistoke esters along with special additives to achieve outstanding levels of protection and cleanliness. Friction and wear, ring sticking and exhaust tract (power valve) carbon are virtually eliminated. Also provides higher levels of rust and corrosion protection.

It was designed for direct-injected systems, but it’s robust enough to be used as a premix at any OEM-recommended fuel to oil ratio. Formula K2 enables optimal ring seal to ensure maximum power output, with the ultimate hardware protection for even the most aggressive competition pilots.

Which one to choose

As previously mentioned, all of the oils listed above have very high ratings, and are widely used by paramotorists. I don’t think you’ll go far wrong with any of these, but I suggest you read through the descriptions of each and choose whichever one suits your type of flying best.

For example the Motul 710 is said to have a lower flash point than the Motul 800. This makes Motul 710 the ideal oil if your engine is running at a low RPM, resulting in lower engine combustion temperatures being reached.

The excess oil is burnt up more efficiently, this prevents carbon build up and stops excess oil being blown out through the exhaust. So this may be a better choice for pilots flying very low RPM, as opposed to pilots that enjoy climbing full throttle for long periods to reach great heights.

Thanks for checking out this post! Find out whether you need a special kind of fuel for your paramotor HERE.

And take a look at my maintenance guide to keep your paramotor in tip top condition HERE.

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Comments

  1. Wow! That’s some expensive oil. The cost of my new hobby is getting more expensive $$$ before I even get started..😂

  2. Klotz Oils have been my oils of choice for decades for all high-performance apps. They offer a wide range with differing formulations from Techniplate synths to Benol- and NOTHING SMELLS BETTER IMO LOL. Not cheap, but you really do get what you pay for with most oil products!

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