The same rule applies to your engine. Long drain intervals kill engines as does inferior engines oils. Once you have installed an IMS Retrofit or IMS Solution bearing in your engine, the cleanliness and quality of your engine oil will directly affect bearing life.
To maximize bearing life, the correct oil filter and engine oil needs to be used. We only recommend use of Joe Gibbs Racing Driven BR Break-in and DT40 engine oils.
One of the most common sources of trouble in bearings is wear and pitting caused by foreign particles and is responsible for 70% of all early bearing failures. As the IMS Retrofit employs an open bearing and is lubricated by engine oil in the crankcase, filtration is even more important. Use of the LN Engineering Spin-On Oil Filter adapter by design prevents any oil from bypassing the filter, so 100% of the oil gets filtered 100% of the time and is recommended for every M96 engine.
The IMS Solution comes standard with a Spin-On Oil Filter adapter, which provides superior engine oil filtration and it makes oil changes easier, which is an added bonus.
The IMS Solution is designed to last the lifetime of the engine and does not have a service interval.
The Dual Row IMS Retrofit™ and Single Row Pro IMS Retrofit™ both have a 6 yr or 75,000 mile service interval. The RND Roller Kits have a 4 yr or 50,000 mile service interval.
Service interval recommendations are valid only with use of Joe Gibbs BR break in oil during the new IMS bearing break-in period of 200-400 miles along with use of an LN Engineering Spin-On Oil Filter Adapter with subsequent oil changes at 6 months or 5,000 miles using Joe Gibbs DT40. Severe service interval is 3 months or 3,000 miles.
Track use requires use of a race oil with more frequent change intervals due to lower levels of detergents and corrosive inhibitors in race oils.
The Classic Single Row IMS Retrofit has a 4 yr or 50,000 mile service interval. Replacement is recommended at time of clutch service and upgrading to the new Single Row Pro IMS Retrofit or IMS Solution is recommended.