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Old 04-22-2009, 06:52 PM   #1
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Official Break-in Instructions

So I know there's been lots of talk and numerous threads about this, but of course everyone has there own ideas and their own way of doing things... but I think now that a few guys have taken delivery, this would be a good way to settle this question...

So would any of you be so kind as to post up the recommended break-in instructions according to what it says in the user manual?

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Old 04-22-2009, 06:57 PM   #2
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It says to vary rpms and to stay under 4000 rpm for the first 1500 miles thats the simple version also it says to change the rear end grease before any kind of racing but only after 1500 mile break in also similar for the brakes no hard stops ect. OH WELL I'M GOOD ON MOST OF THESE
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Old 04-22-2009, 06:59 PM   #3
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throw a rock through the window, always works like a charm when breaking in.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:03 PM   #4
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throw a rock through the window, always works like a charm when breaking in.
lol, that is the first thing I thought of as well.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:03 PM   #5
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:06 PM   #6
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It says to vary rpms and to stay under 4000 rpm for the first 1500 miles thats the simple version also it says to change the rear end grease before any kind of racing but only after 1500 mile break in also similar for the brakes no hard stops ect. OH WELL I'M GOOD ON MOST OF THESE
Thanks. I guess I'm going to have to put on that first 1500 miles super quick lol.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:18 PM   #7
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throw a rock through the window, always works like a charm when breaking in.
HAHA speak from experience do you?
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:37 PM   #8
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Just drive gentle for a while. Little taste once it's warmed and cooled a few times prob won't hurt. (give it a few heat cycles before doggin).

2nd oil change I recommend Royal Purple break in oil, 3rd oil change and beyond Royal Purple full synth 5-30. Just a personal recommendation. BTW If you do that.. let me know so I can buy your car used vs some AVIS car probably with cheap dirty oil and a bad break in lol.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:40 PM   #9
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under 4000 rpm's for 1500 miles I'm pretty sure that is going to be completly impossible..
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:42 PM   #10
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Turn key, mash pedal, replace rear tires, repeat.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:43 PM   #11
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Well if you pay for it you do what you want. Everything else is just advice.

I would only want to say what I would do not tell someone they have to baby it.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:11 PM   #12
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I'd say dont lay a 150 foot patch of rubber out of the dealership parking lot.

Once your about a 1/2 mile down the road its broken in.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:35 PM   #13
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I think a Mod says its better to ride the engine harder when its new?

idk can a mod chime in
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:36 PM   #14
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why doesn't some one that has their car come in and tell. . all this " you should do this, you should do that" is a bunch of poo
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:01 PM   #15
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I know every time I bought a new motorcycle, they said to vary the RPM's, easy to do with a manual tranny, and run it up close to redline about three times under load, not just an idle revving.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:02 PM   #16
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How many people break in a hotrod or race motor before they go play? I change the oil at 500 miles and then drive it like I want!
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How many people break in a hotrod or race motor before they go play? I change the oil at 500 miles and then drive it like I want!
As you see from my avatar.....race motors are run in a little, before they are hammered on, but then the replacement and wear is MUCH more frequent and expensive.

You get more HP out of it (bikes) but the longevity is not as great.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:08 PM   #18
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It says to vary rpms and to stay under 4000 rpm for the first 1500 miles thats the simple version also it says to change the rear end grease before any kind of racing but only after 1500 mile break in also similar for the brakes no hard stops ect. OH WELL I'M GOOD ON MOST OF THESE
Well I blew this one already
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:17 PM   #19
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How many people break in a hotrod or race motor before they go play? I change the oil at 500 miles and then drive it like I want!
Agreed. Modern engines are nothing like their counterparts of a decade or two ago. Bearing and ring materials are completely different and the level of finish on the crank/rods and cylinder walls is excellent. Valvetrains are also ready to go. These are roller drivetrains so varying the rpm isn't necessary like flat tappets for oil dispersion and tappet rotation.

The professional builders I have dealt with warm up the motor at 1,500 - 2,500 rpm, check for leaks and set the timing/fuel ratios. Then they change the oil and filter to get rid of any residual dirt/particles/break-in lube.

After that, they fire it back up, bring it to temperature and hammer it for as many dyno runs as necessary. This is from personal experience and there are probably factory GM types that know a whole lot more that can chime in.

Basically you are probably pretty safe in whatever break-in method you choose. GM tests these things to failure to make sure you don't...
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:21 PM   #20
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I drove my LS1's easy for 500 miles changed the oil and then hit them hard. I remember looking at the odometer of my 2002 Z crossing 550 miles while in the staging lanes of the local drag strip.

These engines have far closer tolerances and don't need to be broken in like '60's engines were.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:46 PM   #21
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So I know there's been lots of talk and numerous threads about this, but of course everyone has there own ideas and their own way of doing things... but I think now that a few guys have taken delivery, this would be a good way to settle this question...

So would any of you be so kind as to post up the recommended break-in instructions according to what it says in the user manual?

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a) put girlfriend in car
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Thanks. I guess I'm going to have to put on that first 1500 miles super quick lol.
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:33 PM   #24
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Okay so we don't have to break it in like old engines, but what's the best oil to use? The camaro comes with mobil 1 synthetic oil. Should we change to dyno oil or leave it as is?
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I like Mobil 1. If there is another alternative for less money I am open to changing.
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