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Old 04-20-2004, 12:12 PM
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Default Oil for 2stroke break-in?

I usually run redline synthetic in the machine, however, I have read that it is not the best for the break in period. What would you all suggest for the first tank going through it? Thanks for the help...
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Old 04-20-2004, 12:44 PM
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Default Re: Oil for 2stroke break-in?

10w-30 motor oil is fine for break in. Just make sure you check the back of the bottle and look for label that says "energy conserving" THis is the stuff you want to avoid putting in your bike. I am switching my YZ125 over to Shell Rotella 30w oil because I can buy it all day long for 11 bucks a gallon! It works great in my truck too so I have one oil for both of my machines! You can switch to synthetic after a full weekend of riding once the machine is fully broken in! [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] <good info on top-end break in here>
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Default Re: Oil for 2stroke break-in?

Does it really matter what kind of oil u use for the breakin? I used the same honda synthetic stuff and it seems to work fine.
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From what I understand the synthetic oil may lubricate "too well" and cause the rings to not seat properly to the cylinder since this process relies on friction to smooth the cross-hatches in the cylinder.
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Old 04-21-2004, 09:44 AM
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Thanks for the responses...
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Default Re: Oil for 2stroke break-in?

I have not used Redline specifically. I have had no problems with any two stroke breaking in on synthetics. When I put one together for me or anyone else, I put it together with a dry ring and cylinder. You get full seating quickly. Years back when Kawasaki was the only one using a plated cylinder, the factory wrenches were doing that. Detroit did it on supercars in the 60's. It took some "unlearning" to do it, but it works well. Just remember to give the bearings their prelube.

If you are talking about a bike fresh off the showroom, don't worry, because they come with just a little bit of oil on the rings, and of course the prelubed bearings.
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