Originally Posted by combatc87
That's what you are supposed to do to break in an engine. Run it to let the gaskets seal, then vary the engine speeds to make sure it's lubed up and everything sets together. NHRA may break down the engine each race, but they replace the parts that would be damage if not properly broken in. Also, they run at a much different compression ratio than normal cars, so they are different.
An engine is an engine. No matter whats it's built for..
As for running it to let the seals seat,, that only if you use cheap gaskets. Total engine seal kit for about 40 bucks> that takes about 10 minutes of running. Buy a real good set.. 100 bucks.. takes about 3 minutes.
Tell you what.. take your engine from the factory, baby and do the common break in for your 500-5000 miles.
I'll take an engine and tear it down. rebuild it. Using stock parts. Once I fire it up. and the head gaskets set. I beat the heck out of it.. I'll garentee you after the 5000 miles my engine will out perform yours.
So what do you call break in? beating the heck out of it? Seeing what it's got? Or simple and slow and easy going.. In my experience, Cars and computers, "Break In" is talk for people who what to sound good to people that dont know anything about them.
I built my computer back when PIII 800mhz processors where new.. I ran that cpu up untill last year when I upgraded.. No break in on that cpu. fired it up. installed the OS and used it.