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Old 11-07-2008, 12:04 PM   #21 (permalink)
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This is old wive's tale # 37 ! From a machine's view, it makes little sense. All the lapped seals between the various metals depend on three things - 1) Do not over-heat or over-load. 2) Always provide a clean ( not "clear") lubricant. And 3) Do not abuse ( like your break-in procedure ). There is a definite difference between "lap-in" and "BREAK-in".
Have one of them "nice days."
Quite the contrary, that is actually very true. Race car and bike operators are always looking to squeeze the last drop of horsepower out of an engine, and if 500-1000 miles of gentle run-in on a dyno made 20 extra HP on a 900 HP engine, you can bet they'd do it. But it doesn't. A systematic method of high-load acceleration followed by engine braking usually yields the tightest, and longest-lasting engine possible.

And I know for a fact that stronger engines, all other factors aside, get better mpg when driven easy.

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Old 11-08-2008, 07:10 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I just wonder what Old Wives Tale #36 says....
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I just wonder what Old Wives Tale #36 says....
Old Wives Tale #36: Small cars are deathtraps.

OH NO! NOT THAT AGAIN!!!

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Old 11-09-2008, 11:44 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Getting 61.33 with just a vac. gauge was a lot of work. I would be going 55 down hills, and 25-35 up hills. I spent my all time above 15 in. of vac.
Ah, OK. So some super focused driving with load (DWL) / "target" driving. Nice work.

No opportunities to pull off to let following traffic by you? I did that a few times on my weekend trip where I was DWL as well. When I see someone coming up in my rear view, I start looking for opportunities ahead where I can let them by. The only frustrating thing is getting someone on my bumper who for whatever reason *won't* take an opportunity to pass even when it's clear sailing.

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