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Old August 12th, 2004, 11:31 PM   #1
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hey. the other day one of my friends said something that i have never heard before. he mentioned that honda vtec engines take about 5k miles to break in so that the vtec really kicks in. a kid with an rsx-s claimed that after 6k miles, his car almost "shifted gears" and got noticeably faster. have any of you ever heard that? is this true of older vtec motors or is it also true of the newer i-vtec? i just want to clear this up
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Old August 13th, 2004, 12:11 AM   #2
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hey. the other day one of my friends said something that i have never heard before. he mentioned that honda vtec engines take about 5k miles to break in so that the vtec really kicks in. a kid with an rsx-s claimed that after 6k miles, his car almost "shifted gears" and got noticeably faster. have any of you ever heard that? is this true of older vtec motors or is it also true of the newer i-vtec? i just want to clear this up

not to be that guy, but that sounds like
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Old August 13th, 2004, 09:18 AM   #3
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vtec is either On or OFF. Its a cam profile and does not need to be broken it. Vtec will serve the same function from the first mile to the last mile. i-Vtec is a little more complex, as seen in the second vid but its basically the same idea.

On the other hand, your valvetrain and other interanals(including cams) do need time to break in and mate with the other surfaces within the engine. Although, this process usually takes only a few hundred miles.

Here, watch this.....
http://www.honda-marine.com/video/VTEC.wmv

then this!
http://world.honda.com/HDTV/news/2003-4031127a/

And read this!
http://www.howstuffworks.com/question229.htm

Now you are a VTEC expert!!! Your welcome......

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Old August 13th, 2004, 09:32 AM   #4
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Here, watch this.....
http://www.honda-marine.com/video/VTEC.wmv

then this!
http://world.honda.com/HDTV/news/2003-4031127a/

And read this!
http://www.howstuffworks.com/question229.htm

Now you are a VTEC expert!!! Your welcome......
Good info
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Old August 13th, 2004, 09:33 AM   #5
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What likely happened is he heard that VTEC engages at 4600 or 6k RPM on his RSX and misunderstood and thought it was miles .
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Old August 13th, 2004, 02:46 PM   #6
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Take a brand new motor, go fly down the 1/4 mile.
Come back 10,000 normal miles later, and its almost 100% that you will go faster
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cuz the engine is broken in
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Here, watch this.....
http://www.honda-marine.com/video/VTEC.wmv

then this!
http://world.honda.com/HDTV/news/2003-4031127a/

And read this!
http://www.howstuffworks.com/question229.htm

Now you are a VTEC expert!!! Your welcome......
Great info!

It is I-Vtec I in that video though and not the basic I-Vtec. Basic I-Vtec doesn't have some of those features like the top chamber fuel injection. Some other K series engines don't have those special pistons and have both intake valves open on the low cam profile. Still about that same though .

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cuz the engine is broken in




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Old August 15th, 2004, 01:13 PM   #9
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I dont know about the vtec being broken in, but i have heard that the Accord motor really opens up after about 5000 miles. I have had my car for about a year but I don't know if its true cause Im not quite there yet.
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The V-Tec option will never change from your first couple of feet to the last mile you put on your engine.
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Old August 15th, 2004, 06:25 PM   #11
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you've had your car for almost a year and you haven't reached 5K miles? Damn...
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Old August 15th, 2004, 11:59 PM   #12
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Yeah, i only use it mainly for close distanc driving, nothing over about a 200 mile round trip
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