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Old 05-08-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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Break-in

Which break in method did you fellow 1le owners use? and what are the results according to you?

Ive read numerous posts about the following method but yet to see any users feedback how it worked out:

Drain the M1 and fill with shell rottela or any good conventional oil (pennzoil or quacker state 5/w30 (no heavier).

Drive the first 25 miles easy and shut down to cool several times and that heat cycles the ring & pinon in the rear diff properly. Then drive relatively aggressive being safe and obeying laws (dont beat the heck out of it) with several wide open throttle runs, but easy on deceleration. NO 5000-6000 rpm down shifts to engine break, just normal.

After app 1000 miles, drain and fill with a good full syn (I prefer Amsoil, Valvoline, Pennzoil over M1, but M1 is still good) and you should have no oil consumption issues and max ring seat for power.

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Old 05-08-2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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Are you serious? Read your manual. Especially about the oil. Good lord.


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Old 05-08-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
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Which break in method did you fellow 1le owners use? and what are the results according to you?

Ive read numerous posts about the following method but yet to see any users feedback how it worked out:

Drain the M1 and fill with shell rottela or any good conventional oil (pennzoil or quacker state 5/w30 (no heavier).

Drive the first 25 miles easy and shut down to cool several times and that heat cycles the ring & pinon in the rear diff properly. Then drive relatively aggressive being safe and obeying laws (dont beat the heck out of it) with several wide open throttle runs, but easy on deceleration. NO 5000-6000 rpm down shifts to engine break, just normal.

After app 1000 miles, drain and fill with a good full syn (I prefer Amsoil, Valvoline, Pennzoil over M1, but M1 is still good) and you should have no oil consumption issues and max ring seat for power. Get our RX catchcan on it ASAP as well.
This is a perfect plan and pretty much what I did. Forget the lawyer written manual, and hard break in for maximum performance with no oil consumption.

You need a hard break in the 1st 500 miles to properly seat the rings, after that your car will be a beast.


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Old 05-08-2013, 07:53 PM   #4
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Actually his plan is much better for proper break-in.


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Old 05-08-2013, 08:11 PM   #5
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The best break-in is to drive it like you stole it!

This method has worked for me w/no issues what so ever-

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:12 AM   #6
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any other 1le owners drive pretty hard during the break-in?
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:18 AM   #7
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Mine is not a 1LE but I have 1LE rear end in my SS. I drove factory oil until 1000 miles then oil change to Pennzoil Platinum. Next oil change at 3000 and another at 6000. From now on going to run 6K between changes.

As far as break in first 500 miles did not beat on her or go over 4K rpm next 500 miles did get on her some and did not go over 5K rpm. After that drive her like a bat out of hell when I want to. Not burning any oil and catch maybe a 1/2 a tea spoon in catch can every 400 miles.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:45 AM   #8
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I get my camaro in a few months. The dealership is 40 miles away. When I pick it up and bring it home do you suggest I just take the freeway or do you think taking streets would be better?
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:42 AM   #9
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Drive it hard safely for first 500 miles, drain oil and use a good full syn afterwards like castrol syntec, etc. Drain right away and run shell rottela or similar during breaking is better yet.

Following the owners manual odds are you will have oil consumption issue the life of the motor.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:58 AM   #10
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:15 AM   #11
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Drive it hard safely for first 500 miles, drain oil and use a good full syn afterwards like castrol syntec, etc. Drain right away and run shell rottela or similar during breaking is better yet.

Following the owners manual odds are you will have oil consumption issue the life of the motor.
I find it hard to believe that if the cars are used as intended that you will not have some oil consumption at the 125K/150K mile mark, no matter the break in plan.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:04 PM   #12
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Drive off lot. Foot to floor.

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Old 05-09-2013, 12:13 PM   #13
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I believe that you should drive it like you plan to drive it from the start. Has worked for me so far...
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:30 PM   #14
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OK so what about freeway use?
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