Re: The definitive break-in procedure thread.
Originally Posted by 2door
I have to concur. When I first started with this hobby I tried to follow the manufacturer's recommended break-in procedures with my first engine.
Not anymore. They get rode hard and put away wet, right out of the box. And you know what? All of my later engines have performed much better than the first one that got treated softly. Never had an engine/bearing/piston/ etc. failure of any kind.
Ever see a woodsman baby his new chainsaw? Ever see a yardman running his new weedwhacker at 1/2 throttle? Bet ya ain't.
Could not have said it any better.
Ride it hard and put it up wet.
40+ years of two stroke riding, tuning, racing and generally messing with every kind rind dinger you can think of, from tiny rc glow engines to huge industrial and marine two stroke diesel powerplant engines.
Owners manuals don't care HOW your engine runs, just HOW LONG your engine runs. They totally overdo their instructions to reduce warranty returns from inexperienced users.
Any real two-stroke old timer will tell you the same thing.
At least the fast ones...
I want to find any weak parts right away, not 75 miles from the house.
If more is better, then too much is just enough.
If you can't afford it, build it yourself.