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Hey Good People.....

 

I'm picking up my car on Saturday the 31st and my dilema is I have approximately a 250 mile trip home with about 240 miles of that on the highway.

 

My question is how often should I stop other than for gas? How often should I transition from 6th to 5th and vice versa to vary the RPM's?

 

Any advice on what driving technique for the highway miles would be appreciated. Non-Highway is easy :shift: :burnout:

 

Thanks

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Hey Good People.....

 

I'm picking up my car on Saturday the 31st and my dilema is I have approximately a 250 mile trip home with about 240 miles of that on the highway.

 

My question is how often should I stop other than for gas? How often should I transition from 6th to 5th and vice versa to vary the RPM's?

 

Any advice on what driving technique for the highway miles would be appreciated. Non-Highway is easy :shift: :burnout:

 

Thanks

 

Good chance to test the cruise control!

 

:hysterical:

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Drive it like you stole it!

 

See a cop, slooooow down!

 

No cop, hit the gas Jack! :hysterical:

 

 

I like where your heads at SD.....didn't expect anything different :hysterical:

I just didn't know if I should worry about turning a constant RPM.

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I like where your heads at SD.....didn't expect anything different :hysterical:

I just didn't know if I should worry about turning a constant RPM.

 

When I picked mine up last week, I had a 3 hour drive back. I just set the cruise control and went. No big deal. Kicked the SC in a couple times cause I could. Had it up to about 120mph 2 blocks from the dealership. The usual items for me. It just had it's first oil today with 550 miles on it. Tomorrow it goes to the track. :superhero:

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Probably won't do any damage to just set the cruise, but I would make it a point to vary the rpm. Maybe cruise in a couple/few different gears with an occasional wind thru a couple of lower gears ;-)

 

Using the power isn't so much of a problem as much as staying at a narrow rpm band for long periods, which tends to create 'narrow' break-in wear patterns (esp. cylinder-wall) that reflect a limited set of engine dynamics.

 

Ideally, you want the first several hundred miles to see various rpm spreads, but some gear changes on cruise and occasional spirited throttle in a single gear (across fairly broad rpm range) to seat the rings should work fine, imo.

 

Just my .02

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Probably won't do any damage to just set the cruise, but I would make it a point to vary the rpm. Maybe cruise in a couple/few different gears with an occasional wind thru a couple of lower gears ;-)

 

Using the power isn't so much of a problem as much as staying at a narrow rpm band for long periods, which tends to create 'narrow' break-in wear patterns (esp. cylinder-wall) that reflect a limited set of engine dynamics.

 

Ideally, you want the first several hundred miles to see various rpm spreads, but some gear changes on cruise and occasional spirited throttle in a single gear (across fairly broad rpm range) to seat the rings should work fine, imo.

 

Just my .02

 

 

thanks.....this will be fun :happy feet:

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I like where your heads at SD.....didn't expect anything different :hysterical:

I just didn't know if I should worry about turning a constant RPM.

 

I just realized something. I got my car on Aug 31st 2006. Drove it until late Nov, then had it out in March 07, drove until late Nov, got it out April this year, I just turned over 7,000 miles and I have never once used the cruise control. Even drove it to Dearborn over 400 miles one way and back and not once used the cruise control.

 

This car is way to much fun to mess with cruise control.

 

When I got it I drove normal the first 5 miles then let her rip! The 5 miles was so the full power could be restored and kick in and that was all she wrote! Nothing like hitting 120 in a 45 zone! Vrooooooom!!!! :hysterical:

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Just as a foot note . You are not supposed to use your cruise control at all duriing the 1st 500 hundred miles. You are also to very your rpm's. so you should be constantly changing your speed thus changing your rpm's. For example you should go 65,66,67,68,69,70-80 then vary speed back down; 75-70 down to 65. Always changing speeds up n down, and not to maintain the same speed for more than a mile or two. This will allow for proper seating of valves and lifters and roller rockers.

 

You are also allowed to run it fairly hard up to 6200 rpm THRU EACH GEAR and then let off the gas pedal and shift. DO NOT do the last proceedure untill you have 300 or more miles.

 

This is the proper and best way to get the most of your engine during your 500 mile breakin period AND WILL PRODUCE THE BEST BREAKIN RESULTS AND THE MOST HORSEPOWER FOR YOUR ENGINE.

 

I WORKED FOR OVER 9 YEARS AS AN ENGINE BUILDER FOR FORD RACING. THIS IS OUR ENGINE BREAKIN PROCEDURES.

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I just realized something. I got my car on Aug 31st 2006. Drove it until late Nov, then had it out in March 07, drove until late Nov, got it out April this year, I just turned over 7,000 miles and I have never once used the cruise control. Even drove it to Dearborn over 400 miles one way and back and not once used the cruise control.

 

This car is way to much fun to mess with cruise control.

 

When I got it I drove normal the first 5 miles then let her rip! The 5 miles was so the full power could be restored and kick in and that was all she wrote! Nothing like hitting 120 in a 45 zone! Vrooooooom!!!! :hysterical:

 

"120 IN A 45 ZONE" :censored:

 

:hysterical3: Wonder what the fine would be for that one???????????

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Just as a foot note . You are not supposed to use your cruise control at all duriing the 1st 500 hundred miles. You are also to very your rpm's. so you should be constantly changing your speed thus changing your rpm's. For example you should go 65,66,67,68,69,70-80 then vary speed back down; 75-70 down to 65. Always changing speeds up n down, and not to maintain the same speed for more than a mile or two. This will allow for proper seating of valves and lifters and roller rockers.

 

You are also allowed to run it fairly hard up to 6200 rpm THRU EACH GEAR and then let off the gas pedal and shift. DO NOT do the last proceedure untill you have 300 or more miles.

 

This is the proper and best way to get the most of your engine during your 500 mile breakin period AND WILL PRODUCE THE BEST BREAKIN RESULTS AND THE MOST HORSEPOWER FOR YOUR ENGINE.

 

I WORKED FOR OVER 9 YEARS AS AN ENGINE BUILDER FOR FORD RACING. THIS IS OUR ENGINE BREAKIN PROCEDURES.

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Question;

 

Does anyone here know how long or hard our engines are run at the engine plant???????

 

I don't think they're run-in in the traditional sense at all.

 

At the end of the Romeo line they are hooked up to a specialized test machine that that conducts automated pressure tests. I believe the machine senses oil/water gallery leaks (not sure) but it also pressurizes the cylinders with compressed air and the engine is briefly spun -- it actually sounds like it's 'running' but there is no fuel or spark -- which I think is to check for valve and ring seal leaks (again unsure). The first time the engine is actually run 'hot' with fuel, I believe, is at the *end* of the assembly line when the car it's actually started for the first time to drive it off to the staging area. That's how sure they are that all the pre-testing and automated steps will catch any problems.

 

They also told us they occasionally pull one to dyno -- more often when the line was 'new' but when we were there (8/07) it was down to only about 1/quarter-year. Pretty amazing! They told us that they always produce between 511-517 HP (STD conditions) on the [bench] dyno.

 

If any of the 'smart' assembly tools along the way sensed any irregularities (e.g. torque on a nut/bolt not ramping up according to what's expected, etc -- the tools are electric and know what every fastner should 'feel' like) the engine is moved to a special station where it's checked by hand by a specialist.

 

They said that problems are very uncommon. After the pressure test engines are staged for assembly on the line, to be started for real at the end of car assembly.

 

The above is just from memory ...there are some threads that discussed the 2007 Dearborn and Romeo tours in more detail if you do a search. I believe AlloyDave did the initial writeup and many of us posted additional thoughts/observations, etc.

 

Dan

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Hey Good People.....

 

I'm picking up my car on Saturday the 31st and my dilema is I have approximately a 250 mile trip home with about 240 miles of that on the highway.

 

My question is how often should I stop other than for gas? How often should I transition from 6th to 5th and vice versa to vary the RPM's?

 

Any advice on what driving technique for the highway miles would be appreciated. Non-Highway is easy :shift: :burnout:

 

Thanks

 

 

:happy feet: Less than 24 hpurs to go! :happy feet:

 

Then Kev will be going....

 

:yahoo: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! :yahoo:

 

:yahoo: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! :yahoo:

 

:yahoo: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! :yahoo:

 

:happy feet: :happy feet: :happy feet:

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Just as a foot note . You are not supposed to use your cruise control at all duriing the 1st 500 hundred miles. You are also to very your rpm's. so you should be constantly changing your speed thus changing your rpm's. For example you should go 65,66,67,68,69,70-80 then vary speed back down; 75-70 down to 65. Always changing speeds up n down, and not to maintain the same speed for more than a mile or two. This will allow for proper seating of valves and lifters and roller rockers.

 

You are also allowed to run it fairly hard up to 6200 rpm THRU EACH GEAR and then let off the gas pedal and shift. DO NOT do the last proceedure untill you have 300 or more miles.

 

This is the proper and best way to get the most of your engine during your 500 mile breakin period AND WILL PRODUCE THE BEST BREAKIN RESULTS AND THE MOST HORSEPOWER FOR YOUR ENGINE.

 

I WORKED FOR OVER 9 YEARS AS AN ENGINE BUILDER FOR FORD RACING. THIS IS OUR ENGINE BREAKIN PROCEDURES.

 

I tried as hard a I could to run mine up to 6200 RPM in 6th gear... it wouldn't let me!

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