This depends on the manner that the hydraulic lifters were built. Many products on the market are suspect for out of round I.D., excessive taper, or a loose piston to body fit. Using higher viscosity oil in these applications can improve the performance of the lifter because leak paths are less exaggerated. There are a few companies that are providing quality internals in their hydraulics. For companies like ourselves we are able to control our I.D. grind to .00005 taper and roundness, which allows tighter clearances without sticking down. Using heavier oil will not provide you a benefit in our applications because Johnson Lifters® hydraulics are stable using even the lowest viscosity oils.