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Hey Buddy's!

Just put $500 down on a vanilla 2up spark at the dealer! Going to pick it up this saturday! Anyone have any tip's for me during the break in procedure? My friend just got one last week and he has just been riding the piss out of it, not following the manual's break in procedure. Is he going to have problems later on or does it really matter?

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Hey Buddy's!

Just put $500 down on a vanilla 2up spark at the dealer! Going to pick it up this saturday! Anyone have any tip's for me during the break in procedure? My friend just got one last week and he has just been riding the piss out of it, not following the manual's break in procedure. Is he going to have problems later on or does it really matter?

See ya around! :)
This is highly debated.

I did a mix, the first two-three hours I think I took it relatively easy, only going full throttle once? But then I had a friend visit, and together we are probably 400 lbs? That put more of a strain on the engine than I wanted, but didn't beat the piss out of it.

I think you'll be fine. Some say take it easy and follow directions and the longevity will be there. Others say ride it like you stole it right from day 1 and seal everything up nice. I met halfway. Beat her, but also went easy.
 

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This is highly debated.

I did a mix, the first two-three hours I think I took it relatively easy, only going full throttle once? But then I had a friend visit, and together we are probably 400 lbs? That put more of a strain on the engine than I wanted, but didn't beat the piss out of it.

I think you'll be fine. Some say take it easy and follow directions and the longevity will be there. Others say ride it like you stole it right from day 1 and seal everything up nice. I met halfway. Beat her, but also went easy.
Yeah I've also heard that riding it like you stole it can be good too, but also keeping it under half throttle can be just as good. I think i'll take it easy for the first 3 hours and then let her rip after that
 

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I don't believe in break in periods. Engines are so finely machined now that components don't mate anymore, they fit right out of the box. The last engine I built had a choice between three stock pistons and the difference between smallest and biggest was 0.003". Precision is just amazing now.


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Welcome, Were are you from? I'm from Kingston. I also put a 500$ deposite on a Ski, i'll get it August 2th.

I think I will ride mine at 75% during the first 5 hours just to be sure, and also it's my first ski, I will practice braking , cornering and docking at the same time.
 

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Hey Buddy's!

Just put $500 down on a vanilla 2up spark at the dealer! Going to pick it up this saturday! Anyone have any tip's for me during the break in procedure? My friend just got one last week and he has just been riding the piss out of it, not following the manual's break in procedure. Is he going to have problems later on or does it really matter?

See ya around! :)
The entry about break-in found in the Spark Operator Guide isn't very long.
This is exactly what the 2015 Operator Guide Says about break-in (Page 55):
"A break-in period of 5 operating hours is recommended before running the watercraft at sustained full throttle. During this period, maximum throttle should not exceed 1/2 to 3/4 opening. However, brief full acceleration and speed variations contribute to a good break-in.
NOTICE Continued wide open throttle accelerations or operation, prolonged cruising speeds are detrimental during the break-in period."


In my opinion, the really important part is what the manual DOESN'T say: that the ECM is logging how you run your Spark. If you have engine problems, the dealer is going to check the ECM log. If the dealer finds that you ignored the break-in period then you can forget about having work done under warranty.


Congratulations on the Spark. You're going to love it! It's a very impressive machine.
 

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Wasn't aware of that and it's smart they have it programmed to pick up on that as it covers their arse, saving them a lot of time and money.

Now that you shared that info out, hopefully folks don't make that mistake of not following it.
 

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The key word of their break in procedure is "recommended" you have no need to worry about them not warranting your machine.


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The key word of their break in procedure is "recommended" you have no need to worry about them not warranting your machine.
I agree completely - it probably won't be an issue. I just tend to be on the safe side - why give the dealer a reason to deny a warranty claim?
Besides, it's only 5 hours of resisting the urge to go flat-out. Can do that in a day or two, no problem.
 

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Thanks for the info! Looks like my buddy is going to be screwed then (Sucks for him!) I just got home with my spark! Looks (and smells) amazing. Going to take it out for it maddin voyage in an hour!
 
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