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Alan Drover
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:53 pm    Post subject: EP 90 Oil. Reply with quote
Last century I bought a 25 litre drum of EP90 at an auction in a field and now it's used up. I'm having difficulty in buying a 5 litre can. All I can buy locally are very expensive 1 litre cans. I check on line but can't find a straight EP90 GL4 spec for a sensible price. I've been offered Morris EP85/90. I suppose that would be OK.
In the garage is a 5 litre can of oil but I don't know what it is because I use cans to decant bulk oil and my label has come off so I'm not sure if it's EP90 and I don't want to risk it in the new diff when it comes.
Where do other members buy EP90?
Edit. I've discovered Rye Oils from Rye. 25 litres of GL4 EP90 is £57.40. Anyone had any experience of this company?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi Alan,

Iíve used Opie Oils several times and found the, to be very good. Youíll likely find what you want there. There is often a discount either on their website or with a code too...

https://www.opieoils.co.uk/
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I checked Opie Rich. Over £70 for 5 litres of Castrol EP90.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The oils sound like the best bet then. Not used them but I. Sure thereís some reviews online. They might even give you a club discount... Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've got to ring Dunsfold tomorrow about the replacement diff. They have ordered another one and will be making sure it goes into the axle casing before sending it. I'll ask where they get their EP90 from.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
As I recall, Rover Diffs and older Landy gearboxes, are not too picky over the oil you use. Any 90 grade gear oil will do. The only part that specified EP (Extreme Pressure) high sheer gear oil are Salisbury rear axles because they have fully floating hypoid diffs as opposed to Rover diffs which are standard bevel gear units.

EP85/90 will be fine for all of it (not LT77 main boxes obviously, as they use Dextron II auto transmission fluid).

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The Rye Oil EP90 at £57.40 for 25 litres would be OK then John.
I'll be using Morris's Classic 20/50 in the engine now. 25 litres for £61.50 at Longstock.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Either would be fine. Over specked if anything.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm using Millers EP 80W90 GL4, but I have Salisbury rear axles

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Millers-Oils-EP-80W90-GL4-Mineral-Gear-Gearbox-Rear-Axle-Oil-5-Litre-/312011302678?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c10
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
This morning I ordered 25 litres of EP90 from Rye Oils. £57.60 delivered and it's just as good as the highly expensive oil.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Alan Drover wrote:
This morning I ordered 25 litres of EP90 from Rye Oils. £57.60 delivered and it's just as good as the highly expensive oil.

I'm thinking of ordering 25 litres of their 20w50 engine oil. Never used the company before, so will be interested in your experiences. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Unfortunately I ordered a couple of litres of highly expensive Castrol EP90 so I'll have to honour the order and collect it tomorrow from a local independent factor.
However the spec of the EP90 is more than adequate for Land Rover use and it will keep me going for some time, especially now that I won't have a leaky rear diff soon.
You'll be fine with their engine oil websnail.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Just before midday today the 25 litres of EP90 from Rye Oils arrived. £57.60 including delivery. I'll have more than enough now especially when the replacement diff is fitted as I won't have to top it up continually.
If I can remove the drain plug I'll change the oil in the front diff.
I was told that buying Castrol branded EP90 adds about £2 per litre just for the name.
The Rye oil is perfectly fine for Salisbury diffs. They're not fussy so long as it's EP90.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I use Rye for all mine now. They are good quality.
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