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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-25-2010, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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best way to break in a new machine

I just bought a new 2010 550 X2 and want to make sure that I break it in correctly. What's the best way to do it and how soon should I have the oil changed for the first time?
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the manual has a write up on it ride it kinda easy for the first tank of gas with alternating your speed, do 20 for a while 40 for a while. your not suppose to pull anything for that time or run real hard. you are suppose to change the oil after 10 hours. Im doing this off of memory so check your manual. there is a second opionin on this and a theory that you should break it in like you intend to ride it .I just do it nice and easy never had a problem with any of mine rides . either way is good thats just mine choice.

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have to agree with everything chopper said. i heard both sides of the research, and have seen both sides of the facts. i too like a nice mix between both extremes. do some normal riding, no crazy hillclimbs or anything like that. dont be bouncing it off the rev limiter, but dont be afraid to get a little speed going either. you dont have to ride it like an 80 year old grandma. polaris i thinks recommends the first oil change at 25 hours, but i would go at about 10 to get the oil shavings out sooner.
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Thanks for all your help and advise. I am looking forward to using the X2 this weekend.
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I noticed a crazy difference in power after the break in hours were over. It's like a switch got turned on with my 850.

Change oil at 10 hours and change everything at 20 hours or one year, whichever comes 1st.

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I agree with everyone, definately read your MANUAL COMPLETELY, and also, a good thing to do when you change the oils is you can make notes in the note section.

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I've always rode it like I stole it on the break in period. If its going to break It's going to break under warranty. I'm not going to baby it so they don't have warranty claim. Oil and filter change after first tank. Make sure you don't have any shavings. If you find shavings, change oil again after second tank.

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I have to agree with LAWMAN..you can make or break a motor from the very firs run.... check this out.Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power
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Well just ride as is constantly change your driving style for some time then change the oil after 500km dont worry its still under warranty.
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Thanks everyone !!!
It looks like there is a difference of opinion on how to break in a new machine. The most consistent piece of advise was to have the oil and filter changed after the first tank or two of gas.
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