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Old 03-06-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
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First start up built motor from Tom (focus-power)

Yup, after about 2 month of not being able to drive my foci, I am finally ready to get her going again. Today we just got done with the rest of the install, and I am going to fire her up tomorrow.
Now, I am just wondering if you guys have any pointers for what to look out for or recheck, or any other kind of tips.
I will be running the motor on straight weight 30 dino oil (castrol 30HD) for the first 20 - 30 min as WD40 suggested. I will be checking for oil, coolant or any other kind of leaks. Then i will change the oil filter and oil to 5W30, for about 500 miles and than do another oil change at around 2000 miles going to synthetic oil (Mobil 1).
If anyone has any objections let me know, don't wanna mess this up.


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Old 03-06-2009, 09:38 PM   #2
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I've always heard you're better to off to break them in hard instead of easy to get a good seal on everything. Heavy acceleration to upper RPM band, then stay in gear allow the motor decelerate just as hard putting pressure on both sides of everything.

Here are the steps I used to break in my motorcycle.

1. Start engine and allow to idle for 10 minutes
2. Run in 1st gear up to around a 1,000 rpms before redline. I'm talking hammer down acceleration. Then just close the throttle, allow the engine to slow you down to around 2,000 rpm. Roll back on the throttle until wide open back to around a 1,000 RPM before redline, and continue to repeat.
3. Do these runs for 15 minutes straight
4. Allow engine to idle for another 10 minutes, then shut down
5. Change oil, check for metal shavings, leaks, etc.

I've put roughly 30,000 "tough" miles on this bike so far and the only required services have been routine maintence kind of stuff.


The other school of thought (my grandfather's who used to drag race cars) is break them in the way you're going to drive. If you drive easy then break in easy. If you drive hard then break in hard.
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:42 PM   #3
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^ I think you just showed everyone how to blow there motors.
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Dont do what slikirish said. Use the process that has been done millions of times and has proven itself to be perfectly reliable. And no, I havent tried breaking in a motor by raping it like that, and I dont intend to.

The reason drag motors are broke in real hard is because drag motors rarely see 200 miles. Let alone 2000 miles to break them in. But they still need them to run. So, they build the drag motors with larger clearances and rape them out of the box to get them sealed and settled in real quick. It works, but those larger clearances mean the berrings take a beating making them unreliable for street running.

Street motors cant do that. They have very tight clearances, so if you push them that hard first thing without getting settled in and let the motor finish clearancing itself.

Also, what motors are more reliable? Drag motors that need rebuilding every year? or street motors broke in by the factory with the slow and easy meathod?
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cars are not bikes

take the break in easy.
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If it is one of my engines this is what I would like to see

Watching the oil psi gauge and plugs out spin the engine till you see oil psi on the gauge or pull the oil plug at head and spin till you get oil

I would like to see about 15 min of idle till temp comes up to full temp , 180 to 185 is the proper thurmostat and tune is installed , then shut down and look it over

Let it cool for about 30 min then start it again and let idle for about an hour with a fan in front of it , shut down and look it over again if all looks better then go for a short drive , all this is more to "if your going to have a leak better to have it where you can see it then driving and hurt the engine" after the short drive go for a longer one and keep doing this till you have about 500 miles on your engine , at 500 miles change the oil and have fun

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I like Tom's way better lol you'll really understand if you ever had a leak like he is talking about avoiding.
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I have also read that a hard break-in is the way to go, contrary to everything I had previously been told. Here's the article so you guys can decide for yourselves

http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm
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^^^^^this isnt a thread on how to "break-in" a motorcycle engine!!
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Yes we er.. most of us have read that already. If you search for it I'm sure you can find the thread its almost has long has the internet lol. To each his own. I and I'm sure a few others don't want to see threads get out of hand to which is better. Its the age old debate about breaking in an engine. I've heard of a few different ways. Break it in like you going to drive it, nice and easy, and just turn it on and she whats she's got. What I believe is good is definitly starting it up and letting it idle to full temp then shutting it off and letting cool down (checking for leaks and such)and then a start again. Then you get different stories after that on the proper way. Since I've only had two cars that were new I drove them real easy like though I would bring the rpms up a bit and down. Then at 500 mi change the oil. Then 2nd car only not the first I changed the oil again when I hit 3000mi. But thats just me. Personally I would break it in the way the Tom the "builder" of the motor would suggest. I'm he built it right? And he built others that seem to be doing pretty good or at least I never heard of one blowing to pieces.
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