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Old 07-14-2003, 05:42 PM   #1
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Default 1 week break in vs 1 month

I had a few question about the break in. Is it better to break it in quickly (with in the first week) or slowly (with in a month).

also is it better to break it in on the highway (mostly 5th and 6th gear) or in the city (1st thru 5th)

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Old 07-14-2003, 05:46 PM   #2
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1000 miles under 3500 rpm...vary speeds and gears, if you can do it in one day go for it, but the key is different speeds and different gears.
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Old 07-14-2003, 05:50 PM   #3
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Default ok

i picked up the car sat and drove it home 400 miles on the highway (between 5th and 6th gear, 2500 to 3500 rpm)
and am now driving it to work 20miles round trip each day (both highway and side streets)

just wanted to make sure there wasnt a better way to do it.

thanks for the reply
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Old 07-15-2003, 12:06 PM   #4
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Got my STi last Thursday (7/10/03). I've gone over 4000 RPM once in awhile... maybe even hit 5000 as well. I pretty much shift at around 3000 RPM and taken it up to 100 MPH twice in 6th gear on the highway, nearly hit the 4000 RPM while at it. My speed varies from 30 to 40 on the street in 3rd but mostly in 4th gear. On the Highway, I'm anywhere between 60 to 80. I'm at the 300 mile mark at this point... still got more driving to go. Got the car with only 10 miles on it.

Enjoy your STi guys and gals.

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Old 07-15-2003, 01:20 PM   #5
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Along with varied rpms also consider heat cycles. drive it for awhile and then let it completly cool I have been told that this is just as important as no constant rpms...
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Old 07-15-2003, 02:03 PM   #6
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I was not going to get into heat cycles...most people dont have the time or inclination to do this, but it is the best way to break in an engine. The expansion and contraction of the metal aids in things seating properly.

In R/C plane helicopter and car motors, break in is all about heat cycles...you might think these are toys, but an that is .15 cubic inches in displacement can generate over 1.5 hp at about 30,000 rpm.
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Old 07-15-2003, 03:34 PM   #7
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Picked mine up on a Saturday and finished break-in by next Wednesday.

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Old 07-15-2003, 04:45 PM   #8
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I broke mine in over 1 weekend, 300 miles, good enough, drive it like normal after that, autocrossed at 600 miles, car is as strong as it can be.
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Old 07-15-2003, 05:07 PM   #9
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Default Top this, Break-in in 14 hours

I flew in to Pittsburgh, PA on Friday night. Left the dealer at 09:30 EST on Saturday morning. Arrived Topeka, KS 14 hours later with 945 miles on the odometer, (was at 11.1 miles when I picked the car up).
Hence break-in accomplished in 14 hours.
Can anyone top this?
thebishman

P.S. I wouldn't normally use this as my break-in 'schedule' and I'm way too bloody old to be doing stupid crap like that anymore, but it appears to have done no harm to the car. It is VERY strong and I am comparing it to some other quite powerful cars I've recently owned.
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Old 07-16-2003, 01:16 PM   #10
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Post re: top this

I woke up 5 hours before I went to sleep, and walked from NY to Baha. Then I got into the ocean and swam all the way to Seattle. Got my car and broke it in by driving straight up back to NY in reverse. Haven't eaten, drank, slept, peed or taken a crap in 10 days. Just to make sure its not to easy I shot myself in the foot before I left the house.
Now top this !!!
Does this sound like a Monty Python sketch to anyone else?
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Old 07-16-2003, 01:23 PM   #11
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I got the call Monday morning at 9:30 and was at the dealer with the fiancee by 11:30 (so she could drive the other car back home). That day I logged 130 miles and definitely hit the 4k mark, maybe even as high as 4200. I didn't have any intention of pushing on the car but got some ****** behind me in a pick-up revving and hanging about 6inches off my bumper - I ran it thru the gears (coming fairly close to WOT) not exceeding 4k just to get rid of him. Since then I've put another 200 miles on, generally shifting around 3k but occassionally hitting the 4k mark to see and hear the beep. Loving this car in all regards!
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Old 07-16-2003, 02:42 PM   #12
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Default Re: re: top this

Quote:
Originally posted by dorongo
I woke up 5 hours before I went to sleep, and walked from NY to Baha. Then I got into the ocean and swam all the way to Seattle. Got my car and broke it in by driving straight up back to NY in reverse. Haven't eaten, drank, slept, peed or taken a crap in 10 days. Just to make sure its not to easy I shot myself in the foot before I left the house.
Now top this !!!
Does this sound like a Monty Python sketch to anyone else?
Can I play too?

This coming Saturday morning I plan to run backwards from No. VA to BWI airport in MD in my wifes 'Smurf' blue clogs (they are ortho & good for the metatarsals), and my summer cycling tights and jersey.
I'll then catch a plane by the tailerons and hang on tight for the 2 hour direct flight to Rochester Intl. Airport. I expect a bit of wind buffeting so to be safe I'll wear swimming goggles to keep my contacts from drying out. During the flight I'll leave my fly open so that I can take a whiz on any yellow EVO's I might see below.

Upon arrival I'm going to stop, drop and roll Dick Van Dyke style all the way to the dealership 25 minutes away in Victor, NY.
Then for the trip back I'm going to drive the car via remote control (the STi's electro throttle makes this easy to do!) while running along side & in front of it to personally block and/or absorb any bug & road debris that might get on the car or sucked into the IC.

Once I'm home I'll wash & clean the rims then put the STi to bed and leave her to meet & sleep with the 'old' toys.

- Janq
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