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skyski 3

have new 07 v-ride coming in about 3 week's ! we traded our 03 wakesetter and we are going to try a v-drive . our 03

had the 335 monsoon and we bought it with 80 hour's on it , so break in on a new motor is all new . what have you-all found to be the best procedure. have enjoyed this site and learned alot . thank you in advance !!!!!!!

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krakdaddie

drive it like u stole it ;)

-krak

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obski

For the first 10 hours on the boat we didn't drive it under load (no wedge or ballast) and varied the rpms as much as possible. That was the pocedure recommended by the dealer and it seems to have worked well for us. There are some on this site that just say to go for it and ask, "Break in period? What break in period?", and others that advocate for simply doing some easy cruising.

This is from the Indmar manual:

Break-In Steps

1 For the first hour, do not exceed 2000 rpm; vary rpm continuosly.

2 For the second hour, do not exceed 3000 rpm;

3 For the next five hours, no not exceed 4000 rpm.

After the first ten hours, but before 20 hours of operation, take your boat to the dealer for its first engine and transmission oil and filter change and engine check up.

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Sunset_Bob

Break it in like you'd normally use the boat. No special procedures are needed.....

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skyski 3
For the first 10 hours on the boat we didn't drive it under load (no wedge or ballast) and varied the rpms as much as possible. That was the pocedure recommended by the dealer and it seems to have worked well for us. There are some on this site that just say to go for it and ask, "Break in period? What break in period?", and others that advocate for simply doing some easy cruising.

This is from the Indmar manual:

Break-In Steps

1 For the first hour, do not exceed 2000 rpm; vary rpm continuosly.

2 For the second hour, do not exceed 3000 rpm;

3 For the next five hours, no not exceed 4000 rpm.

After the first ten hours, but before 20 hours of operation, take your boat to the dealer for its first engine and transmission oil and filter change and engine check up.

so do we have to go back to dealer to have oil & filter changed , & what about the v-drive gear box? we have always done our oil & filter changes our self . we have owned two malibu's & one runabout , our dealer is 3 hrs. away ?

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WakeGirl

Which engine did you order? Yes, you'll need to take it back to the dealer for the post-break-in service (between 10-20 hours), but break-in depends on which engine you bought.

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99response

You can do your own 20 hour service, its just an oil and tranny fulid change (your boat will have a combo Vdrive tranny but it still has two dipsticks that both take ATF. However you'll probably have a punch list of warrenty stuff to be done too, so its your call

Chris

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wakeup

I've got the 320 in my boat and it required the break-in period. We did what was quoted in the earlier post from Indmar for the first 10 hours. Never had a problem, plus we plan to keep our boat for several years so we were pretty easy on the motor in the beginning.

I took mine back to the dealer for the service since I had a couple small items to correct under warranty. Plus it allows them to check shaft alignment while there which is part of the first check up.

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JohnDoe
You can do your own 20 hour service, its just an oil and tranny fulid change (your boat will have a combo Vdrive tranny but it still has two dipsticks that both take ATF. However you'll probably have a punch list of warrenty stuff to be done too, so its your call

Chris

Is this correct? You will have a tranny like everyone, which takes ATF fluid, but the Vdrive takes 30-weight engine oil I thought.

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Malibudude

Follow the Indmar manual as they are responsible for warranting the engine should it be needed. Many dealers across the country vary in their suggested break in however; Indmars break in schedule doesn't change.

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WakeGirl

You can do your own 20 hour service, its just an oil and tranny fulid change (your boat will have a combo Vdrive tranny but it still has two dipsticks that both take ATF. However you'll probably have a punch list of warrenty stuff to be done too, so its your call

Chris

Is this correct? You will have a tranny like everyone, which takes ATF fluid, but the Vdrive takes 30-weight engine oil I thought.

The new SkiVee tranny/vdrive unit takes ATF all the way around. It started in '06.

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JohnDoe

You can do your own 20 hour service, its just an oil and tranny fulid change (your boat will have a combo Vdrive tranny but it still has two dipsticks that both take ATF. However you'll probably have a punch list of warrenty stuff to be done too, so its your call

Chris

Is this correct? You will have a tranny like everyone, which takes ATF fluid, but the Vdrive takes 30-weight engine oil I thought.

The new SkiVee tranny/vdrive unit takes ATF all the way around. It started in '06.

good to know

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skyski 3

You can do your own 20 hour service, its just an oil and tranny fulid change (your boat will have a combo Vdrive tranny but it still has two dipsticks that both take ATF. However you'll probably have a punch list of warrenty stuff to be done too, so its your call

Chris

Is this correct? You will have a tranny like everyone, which takes ATF fluid, but the Vdrive takes 30-weight engine oil I thought.

The new SkiVee tranny/vdrive unit takes ATF all the way around. It started in '06.

good to know

we bought the 320 had talked with inmar & they had said , for v-ride the 320 would be what we needed . we skyski & surf , ?ed inmar because we order the rear ballest & i have 500 lbs . of lead. they said if we go to the vlx we would need the 340 . we plan on keeping this boat so wanted to do what is correct ! we really loaded this boat up with option's so we hope it will be all we want !

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WakeGirl

Follow Indmar's proceedure then as posted by obski. Welcome to the site & good luck with the boat. :)

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skyski 3
Follow Indmar's proceedure then as posted by obski. Welcome to the site & good luck with the boat. :)

so does this mean we will not be able to foil or surf for the seven hr. break-in period ? no ballest etc. just trying to plan break-in week-end . once again thank you-all !!!!!!!!!

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WakeGirl

Depends on how fast you foil, but I'd say that the surfing would be out just because of the ballast. The big thing on a break in on any engine is to vary your rpms a lot, which usually means no speed control. The first couple of hours are the biggy, after that I don't worry about it too much, but if you're going BTB then you should be able to foil, ski & wakeboard after the first 2 hours (4000 rpms is a lot unless you're footin').

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