Anyone here besides me doing a 500 mile breakin period? Or are you doing more(and why) or are you doing less(Why) or not at all(why)
Are you saying that you cant get to that same performance point without doing the mid rpm to limiter process? And this is done while just sitting in the driveway? Do you let the rpms bounce at the limiter or hit it and drop the rpms and repeat? should this be done emediately or just durring the beginning?my theory is that the engines are run for hours at the factory so they are "broken-in" already and are ready to go from the gate... that is all referring to the engine of course... the brakes/clutch (6MT)/tires all have a separate break-in period...
so for me no hard breaking for at least 300 miles... no fast turning for 100 miles... and no hard shifting/clutch release for at least the 1,000 mile mark...
this does not mean i won't rev the heck out of it, in fact i'm gonna do just that... a lot of holding the revs at mid-high rpms and even some limiter hits...
i think this is the best way b/c it worked perfectly on my Si... results ended up being a more responsive and power generating engine and better fuel economy... i averaged 27mpg combined with really hard driving...
not sure i get the first question...Are you saying that you cant get to that same performance point without doing the mid rpm to limiter process? And this is done while just sitting in the driveway? Do you let the rpms bounce at the limiter or hit it and drop the rpms and repeat? should this be done emediately or just durring the beginning?
Absolutely correct. I increased my TSX rev limiter from 7300rpm to 7600rpm. No problem at all and was still pulling strong. And I redline it a lot.lol i had a video on youtube of my bouncing my limiter on my Si for 10 and 20 seconds... i took it down b/c it had a bunch of negative comments and i didn't feel like explaining to everyone haha... but Honda engines can handle tons of abuse and i proved that time and time again...
this is the best way to do the break-in... the only part i disagree with is the rev limits... i wouldn't worry about hitting it a bunch of times... let's be real, what dealership knows more than enthusiasts?? and when i used to work at Honda, i had friends that worked there also buy cars like the Si and S2K and literally tear through the gears right out of the parking lot lol... and these were technicians...I'm not an expert but this is how I do break ins. Take this for what you paid for it.
1. The owners manual as well as the dealer should explain how many miles are allowed for break in, as well as the maximum allowed revs.
2. Take the car for an extended drive, but do not use the cruise control. You do not want the car to be at a constant speed (and constant rpm) for a given period of time. Which may be difficult with a CVT.
3. Pick a highway with several speed limits. Vary your speed, and run some in each of the higher gears to keep your rev ranges varying. Nothing dramatic here, you can stay within +/- 5-10 mph of the speed limit (or whatever margin you feel comfortable with not attracting revenue collectors), just periodically vary your revs, gears, and speed.
4. There's no need to wring it out, but you can put your foot into it once in awhile as long as you adhere to the recommended rev limit. The dealer should have told you whether or not you can only drive partial throttle during break in. If not, ask or read the fabulous manual.
5. Basically you just want to exercise the engine within it's recommended power band. I try to spend equal times at different revs as much as possible to balance the process. Leave a little margin near the recommended rev limit... it's ok to touch the limit, just don't lurk there too long.
Break in fail (don't do this): Buying a new car then driving it 20+ miles back home on the interstate at one set speed with the cruise control active and in the highest gear.
New tires may often have some residual mold release compound. They also will likely be slicked up with shiny tire dressing from the dealer. Put a few hundred miles on them before you play with cornering limits. Best to do that in an empty parking lot anyhow. Be very wary of brand new car tires in the wet.
Ideally they should have been properly bedded in already, and unless you've changed the pads to a racing compound, you shouldn't need to bed them on a new car with street pads.
The problem I see with hitting it a bunch of times is twofold:this is the best way to do the break-in... the only part i disagree with is the rev limits... i wouldn't worry about hitting it a bunch of times...