03-28-2009, 07:06 PM #1
RXT Break-in. Do it hard or easy?
I asked this same question on PWCToday and was referred over to this site. Some guys are saying that it's actually important to run hard early in the break-in process....Anyway, I just purchased my first ski (an '08 RXT 215), and I'm super paranoid about the whole break-in period thing. I pick the ski up on Monday and I'm debating whether to take it out for an hour or two, or just wait till the following weekend when I can be on it for a good 5 hours straight. Is it best to do the 10 hour break-in, in small increments? Or can it be accomplished efficiently in larger chunks of time? Does it matter? The user manual isn't very specific about the whole process. Can I make the throttle at all? Is there a reason not to use the learning key? Or do I have to just ride back and forth for 10 hours staring at the RPM gauge, trembling, and praying that I'm doing everything correctly to ensure the longest engine life possible? I guess if I understood what is happening to the engine during the break-in I might feel better about things. I waited two long years to move down to Florida and buy this thing, so I just want to make sure I get it right.
Could someone please help alleviate my stress level, before I have to get a script for anxiety medication?
Thanks in advance,
03-28-2009, 07:11 PM #2
- Join Date
- Nov 2007
- Odessa, TX
First off always warm your engine up before running it hard.
Sea Doo manual states that you should vary the RPM's during the first 10 hours. Never hold one RPM for more than 5 minutes and never hold WOT for more than 2 minutes.
I varied my rpms during break in and I couldn't wait more than 10 minutes to hit WOT on the ski. I am over 50 hours with no problems, well none realted to the ski or its parts failing(ask me about my Evel Kenevil stunt some other time)
03-28-2009, 08:16 PM #3
- Join Date
- Feb 2009
varied rpms not wide open for the first 10 hours
03-28-2009, 08:43 PM #4
- Join Date
- May 2008
03-28-2009, 08:44 PM #5
03-28-2009, 08:46 PM #6
First off let me welcome you to Greenhulk!! Hope you enjoy your time here!!
Me personally I would let it come up to operating temps first..Then for the first 1/2 hour or so go through the RPM ranges,Make sure there are no vibrations,leaks or unusual noises..If all is good after the first say 1/2 hour 45 minutes then ride it like you would normally ride it...You dont have to abuse it and peg the throttle wide open but WOT runs will NOT hurt during break in...Also they recommend running it through a couple of heat cycles..Does this help??I couldnt say..As far as your learning key..DO NOT run your learning key during any of your break-in period..Use the normal key..Remeber..Ride it like you would normally ride it and all will be OK.. You dont have to stare at the tach all day..Just go out and enjoy your ski..You can break it in hard and still not abuse it...
03-28-2009, 09:01 PM #7
03-28-2009, 11:19 PM #8
Be sure to go wide open throttle shortly after the ski is warmed up. Hold it there for 10-15 seconds or so. Vary the throttle for the first 3-4 hours and be sure to include plenty of WOT bursts every now and then.
Don't be afraid to grab a hand full of throttle
03-29-2009, 12:13 AM #9
What the dealer told me.
When I bought my new 08 RXT last Sept. Was DO NOT, DO NOT use the super charger key the yellow key for the first ten hours. Reason if you do it may lock up the super charger. Use the learning key only for the 1st ten hours. So That's what I did and as soon as she it 10 hours. it was WOT, back to the ramp to go get my ten hour service. I just went over 40 hours today. love the ski and have not had a single problem.
03-29-2009, 12:20 AM #10
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