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post #1 of 20 Old 06-17-2011, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Consequences of harsh break-in

On a brand new SS do the general break-in rules apply just to prolong life of parts or can a harsh break-in affect performance?
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this is a great debate....some say a harsh break-in is better, some say go by the owners manual. I typically go easy on it for the first few 100 miles, and gradually ramp it up till it hits 1000 miles, do first oil change and we're good to go.

I saw your other post about hitting the rev-limiter....I wouldn't worry about it (it's a good thing it's there), the most important thing to do during break-in is vary your rpm's....which you've got covered.

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As stated above, it goes both ways. Powerfreak summed it up for me nicely

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As soon as I think the valves and rings have set, I beat the crap out of it. My engine builder (not widely known but the big names all know and respect him) told me 20 years ago to take it easy initially and then break it in how you want the engine to perform optimally.

If you want the engine to run like a baby at 70 mph, break it in that way. If you want the engine to run well under load, break it in that way.



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As stated above, it goes both ways. Powerfreak summed it up for me nicely
I do not go both ways (not that there's anything wrong with that).

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Break it in on the dyno?
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Break it in on the dyno?
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