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Question, while I sit waiting for my Alloy coupe to be put on a train headed to New England, can anyone tell me if Ford is recommending any special type of break-ins on this beast? Do's and dont's, etc. It will be just like me to do something I shouldn't and everyone else's will go up an extra grand in value. HA! HA! Any break in tips? :shift:

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Question, while I sit waiting for my Alloy coupe to be put on a train headed to New England, can anyone tell me if Ford is recommending any special type of break-ins on this beast? Do's and dont's, etc. It will be just like me to do something I shouldn't and everyone else's will go up an extra grand in value. HA! HA! Any break in tips? :shift:

 

 

According to Ford (i.e. Ralph) the engine is already broken in. No additional break-in is necessary. I think I'll try to play it safe and keep her under 4K rpm for at lease the first few hundred miles, and avoid long periods at constant RPM.

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Question, while I sit waiting for my Alloy coupe to be put on a train headed to New England, can anyone tell me if Ford is recommending any special type of break-ins on this beast? Do's and dont's, etc. It will be just like me to do something I shouldn't and everyone else's will go up an extra grand in value. HA! HA! Any break in tips? :shift:

 

 

Right when you first start it up, gun up to 6000 RPM's and dump the clutch.

 

Repeat as needed. :shift: :happy feet:

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According to Ford (i.e. Ralph) the engine is already broken in. No additional break-in is necessary. I think I'll try to play it safe and keep her under 4K rpm for at lease the first few hundred miles, and avoid long periods at constant RPM.

 

I'm from the old school and doing the same. Under 4K RPMs for the first 500 miles while varying the speed and RPMs. Change the oil and oil filter at 500 miles and keeping it sensible for the next 500 miles. Hey the driver has to learn the car too.

 

My 2¢,

JB

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I'm from the old school and doing the same. Under 4K RPMs for the first 500 miles while varying the speed and RPMs. Change the oil and oil filter at 500 miles and keeping it sensible for the next 500 miles. Hey the driver has to learn the car too.

 

My 2¢,

JB

 

Ditto. I'll probably go to 1k before first oil change, everything else "old school" as JB puts it.

This horse is never going to be mistreated.

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So kaylan, what is the "real" top speed in 2nd?

Inquiring minds with PSDS want to know...

 

Mike.

 

 

PhantomAce:

 

I have about 600 miles on my baby. When I got to around 500 miles, I couldn't resist testing the redline in 2nd gear. I took her to 85 mph at 6,000 rpm before I thought the better of it and shifted to 3rd.

 

I'm with you Bone Doc. It is a nice theory, but very hard to do!

When you punch it, and that supercharger kicks in, WOW , what a rush.

Then, the damn RPM's climb so fast, you really have to watch it closely.

The GT 500 pulls like a rocket man. I love her.

 

 

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I have about 600 miles on her now. After I got to 500 I started to play a little bit. I am still in the somewhat babying mode but I am getting out of that mode pretty quickly now. It is extremely difficult at this point not to engage that s/c. It is just too tempting. I will do an oil change at 1,000 and consider her broken in at that point.

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I'm with you Bone Doc. It is a nice theory, but very hard to do!

When you punch it, and that supercharger kicks in, WOW , what a rush.

Then, the damn RPM's climb so fast, you really have to watch it closely.

The GT 500 pulls like a rocket man. I love her.

 

 

 

I just drove a S281 tonight, super charged and very nice, handled very well and the seats are nice and stiff. MSRP 57K and change. The S281's SC is completly different, you can here it when decelerating and the boost jumps instantly, the car is fast and lite on it's feet. I realy like the S281, but would not trade my GT500 for the middle of the road S. To anybody that had to pay a little extra for thier Shelby, don't feel bad. I'm glad I was able to compare! Feel very good about my decision. This is just my opinion, so please don't take offense.

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I just drove a S281 tonight, super charged and very nice, handled very well and the seats are nice and stiff. MSRP 57K and change. The S281's SC is completly different, you can here it when decelerating and the boost jumps instantly, the car is fast and lite on it's feet. I realy like the S281, but would not trade my GT500 for the middle of the road S. To anybody that had to pay a little extra for thier Shelby, don't feel bad. I'm glad I was able to compare! Feel very good about my decision. This is just my opinion, so please don't take offense.

 

 

Thanks for the feedback blayne9067. good to know. i did pay a little more for my dream car and knowing how this compares to the s281 is comforting. thanks again.

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Waiting for my early Nov. delivery but got a ride in one Monday. When he hit 2nd and mashed it , it sounded like it started crapping out @ high rpm's before he hit 3rd. I asked him what the hell was that? He said it was the rev limiter! Is that what happens every time you hit 2nd hard?

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Right when you first start it up, gun up to 6000 RPM's and dump the clutch.

 

Repeat as needed. :shift: :happy feet:

 

 

For sure yours would go up in value. HA! HA! So I guess an oil change between 500 and 1,000 miles sounds average for most. I have heard that new cars have special additives added that should stay in the motor for 3,000 miles. Has anyone that has their Shelby actually read the book? I guess varying the speeds and keeping it around 4,000 rpm's for the first 1,000 miles sounds normal. I had my 66 289 rebuilt a few years ago and it is now finally starting to run as if it's broken in and I have 8,500 miles on it. Thanks to all. If anyone should see my Alloy being driven off a train by the two Hemi guy's please let me know. :shift:

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For sure yours would go up in value. HA! HA! So I guess an oil change between 500 and 1,000 miles sounds average for most. I have heard that new cars have special additives added that should stay in the motor for 3,000 miles. Has anyone that has their Shelby actually read the book? I guess varying the speeds and keeping it around 4,000 rpm's for the first 1,000 miles sounds normal. I had my 66 289 rebuilt a few years ago and it is now finally starting to run as if it's broken in and I have 8,500 miles on it. Thanks to all. If anyone should see my Alloy being driven off a train by the two Hemi guy's please let me know. :shift:

 

 

According to Ralph, there is no special additive in the oil...just regular Motorcraft 5W-50 full synthetic. He also said, the engines are already broken in...drive it like you stole it.

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According to Ralph, there is no special additive in the oil...just regular Motorcraft 5W-50 full synthetic. He also said, the engines are already broken in...drive it like you stole it.

 

 

I'm new to this site and believe I have read a lot about the Shelby, but who is Ralph? He claims these motors are already broken in? How is this possible? Please bear with me because I'm not sure where to find this information. Thank you for your patience. :sos:

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I'm new to this site and believe I have read a lot about the Shelby, but who is Ralph? He claims these motors are already broken in? How is this possible? Please bear with me because I'm not sure where to find this information. Thank you for your patience. :sos:

 

 

Ralph Arning. He works at AAI (Auto Alliance) and he has been very helpful in giving us folks status on our Shelbys. If you do a search on "Ralph" you will see lots and lots of posts.

 

These days engines are built to much tighter tolerances. Because of that, it take a lot less to break them in. According to Ralph they run the engine on a stand to break it in before it's installed in the car.

 

Don't worry about asking questions. That's what this board is here for! :happy feet:

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I agree. I guess it's good that it doesn't really need breaking in. :shift: :happy feet:

 

I've made a firm commitment to myself as to how long I'm going to baby mine.

I decided that since roads and parking lots are asphalt, I should wait until at least the time that the car crosses concrete.

Now, what was that stuff at the exit to the dealership...

 

Mike.

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I've made a firm commitment to myself as to how long I'm going to baby mine.

I decided that since roads and parking lots are asphalt, I should wait until at least the time that the car crosses concrete.

Now, what was that stuff at the exit to the dealership...

 

Mike.

 

It wasn't the salesman was it :hysterical:

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Very interesting thread.

 

I think it might be analgous to the Viagra syndrome.

 

Research shows that 40% of American males are taking Viagra-type pills.

 

This is to men: how many men have admitted to you they take a pill like Viagra? None.

 

Okay - next step here.

 

Who really knows how each of us treats our cars on the stree? No one.

 

Conclusion - :bandance: :baby::censored::fan::hysterical::rant:

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