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Seems like Castrol TSW is getting harder to find, anyone switching to something else?

Anything come to light that is better?

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Don't use Castrol.

Use Nye Synthetic Oil 605 or AC Delco supercharger oil 10-4041 (12345982). There's also a Motorcraft version of this but I dont remember the part number (both Nye and AC Delco stuff is exactly the same). The AC Delco stuff will be like $12 a bottle or something.

I called Lysholm (now whipple) and this is the oil they recommended for the lysholm blowers used in the TS2 kits.
 

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Thank you.

Wonder why in the past Castrol TWS was specified over a special supercharger oil like you mention.


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From ESS I got the vortech supercharger oil. (they supplied it with both the kit and the bottle I got with the ts2+ upgrade
TBH that looks more like atf (it's red) than the Motorcraft or nye supercharger oil.
Haven't had any problems though after 30k+ miles.
I wonder if it's very critical. It runs of course at higher speeds than a gearbox so the oil musn't be too thick, but loads are relatively low.
 

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I dont think its super critical, all these lubes probably would work fine. There were some TS owners that were still on the original castrol after like 40k miles or something with no issues. In fact, I dont think I've heard of a single issue ever with a Lysholm blower, regardless of lube used.

I can't say why ESS originally recommended Castrol. Maybe later they switched to the vortech oil that is used in their normal vortech kits thinking it would be just as good and maybe because vortech used it that it was a more supercharger-specific lube? I'm just guessing.

Like motor oil, I like to use what the manufacturer recommends. So I called Lysholm who actually created the blower itself, and they said they spec the Nye oil. So that's what I go with (or the GM or Ford part number versions of the exact same lube).
 

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I can't say why ESS originally recommended Castrol. Maybe later they switched to the vortech oil that is used in their normal vortech kits thinking it would be just as good and maybe because vortech used it that it was a more supercharger-specific lube? I'm just guessing.
Lysholm is now owned (partly?) by Vortech/Airpower group (not whipple afaik), but ESS already started shipping vortech oil with their kits before that. I bought my kit in early 2011 and it already came with the vortech oil.
I've changed my oil once but it was 100% clean and no sign of burning or other wear or such. So not extremely critical.
I guess it's a bit like a manual gearbox.
 

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Lysholm is now owned (partly?) by Vortech/Airpower group (not whipple afaik)
You are right, and I can't trust my memory anymore, ugg.

Here is what I posted a few year ago:

I called Lysholm directly and the correct oil to use is a vortech part number 009028. This is a synthetic oil specifically formulated for twin screw superchargers and is a much thinner oil than the motor oils such as the Castrol TWS 10w-60 that ESS specifies in their instructions. Lysholm says NOT to use anything other than the Vortech 009028 oil, especially not a motor oil. Part number 009028 is about $50 directly from Vortech.

Turns out this Vortech part number 009028 is actually Nye Synthetic Oil 605, which is also sold as Ford specification ESE-M99C115-A, and GM part number 12345982. Get the GM stuff, its about $12 for a 4oz/120ml bottle.
I still dont think it is severely bad to use the Catrol stuff. Like I said, I'm not aware of any failures. But, if you want to use what Lysholm says you should use, then the Nye variants are what you want

Very sorry for the wrong info in the earlier post.
 
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