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Breaking a Virgin : Gentle or Hard + Fast?

There seems a dearth of literature on proper ways to break-in or run-in a new engine, whether for a virgin car or motorbike. Car manufacturers recommend a gentle break-in, especially from 0km – 3,000kms. Motoman, a tuner based in the States, however, seems to think otherwise.

The controversial MotoMan wrote “Break-in Secrets” after applying his methods on over 300 new engines. He claims that by using his methods, engines would experience a dramatic increase in power over all RPMs, internals remaining cleaner and more efficient overall. His principles and examples apply to all 4-stroke engines – motorbikes, cars, airplanes, snow mobiles, lawn mowers!

So really, how true is this?
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The Street Shootout is back!

The popular drift and time attack challenge organised by Proton is making a comeback at Sepang on the 4th-5th December 2004. Held in conjuction with the Proton Track Carnival Sepang 2004, the 4th SSO in the series will be the last for the year.

The Time Attack challenge will see the Pre-Viagra class (below 1300cc) reintroduced into the series along with Eat Me (below 1600cc), Hung (below 2000cc) and Rocco (above 2000cc or Sports Cars). Sub-categories would include BSD Team Trophy, Old Skool and Honeyz (for the racer babes!).

Entry fees will be RM80.00 for either the Drift Challenge or Time Attack.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up! Click here for details. To register, click here.

I will be attempting to improve my previous 14th-15th position (driving my the only 1.8 Wira in my class). Hopefully I will get my Satria R3 by then. Would be nice to see what times I can set at Sepang!

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96/99 UK-spec Proton Persona For Quick Sale!

I have a UK-spec Proton Persona 1.8 SEi sedan for sale. Need to sell this fast.
Specs as follows:

Engine
1996/99 Proton Persona 1.8 SEi sedan (UK-spec)
4G93P Single-cam MPI engine
1834cc
Pipercross drop-in filter with cold-air intake
Custom downpipe + 2″ stainless steel exhaust system
Apexi muffler
Lightweight cam pulley
MMC engine mounts (new)
MMC timing belt, bearings (new)
Bosch Super 4 plugs
Q8Oils SW10-50 FT fully-synthetic engine oil

Transmission
F5M22 Manual
(one of the very rare single-cam manual cars in the market)

Brakes + Suspension Kit
Front – EBC Blackstuff + stock disks
Rear – stock disks and pads
APM R-Tech short-stroke absorbers
Eibach Pro-Kit Springs

Rims + Rolling Stock
16″ 6-spoke JRD
Falken Azenis ST115 (front) – 70%
Falken Ziex ZE-512 (rear) – 70%

Exterior
Stock 2K purple (newly repainted in Feb ’04)
MIVEC/Mirage bumper, fender + lips
MMC Electronic flippable side-mirrors
Rare Daihatsu bee-sting antennae
Original GSR rear spoiler

Interior
Stock with GTi console
Sports pedals

ICE
Stock Blaupunkt cassette headunit
4 speakers

Relevant info
Mileage: 120,000 miles
Car serviced every 5000-6000km, no major accidents.
Responsive and reliable. Exhaust very quiet at idling. Test to believe and appreciate. 40litres returns about 420-450kms.
MIVEC spotlights available. Will include if wanted. Slightly rusted.

Loan from MayBan Finance can be arranged. RM28.5K max @ 4.75%.

Going for RM32K o.n.o. Interested? Drop me a line!

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Satria R3 – Booked! (but not without hassle!)

I’ve never been this excited or nervous about a car. Seriously wierd. It was much anticipated. In fact, I grew so impatient I was logging on to the ProtonEdar site at 2.00pm. Kiasu! Bookings for the race-bred Satria R3 began at 3.00pm sharp today. When the official R3 booking page came up at 3.00pm, I was number 2.

But much as I expected it, the credit card transaction did not go through. Fuck. This cannot be happening, I whined. After multiple attempts, the online transactions were still timing out. I gave Adian (Head of the R3 project a call), telling him about the problem. He checked with the credit card transaction provider and called me back later. 3.15pm and still no confirmation of the car.

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Racer-boys Take Notice : Proton Satria R3 launched

Proton Motorsports soft-launched the much-anticipated Limited Edition Proton Satria R3 over the weekend at Pasir Gudang, Johor. The Satria R3 is set to be in the market on October 17 at 3 selected Proton Edar offices in the Northern, Southern and Central regions of the country.

This exclusive road-legal track car will only see 150 units in production, and I am sure will be snapped up in no time! A claimed 0-100km/h time of 8.6 secs and a top speed of 205kmh is plenty fast, although some may have anticipated better specs.
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