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How important is it to break in a new engine?

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Answered 2009-03-25 01:40:14

The best article I've read on the web concerning 4-stroke engine break in, can be found here: http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

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engine break in is very important, proper break in will help ensure long engine life.

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