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Old 06-01-2005, 16:50   #1 (permalink)
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Ignition Timing

I suppose this topic has been done to death, but here goes. Recently put a new motor in my XH ute. Balanced, EL XR 6 cam and head. After we got it running, took it to a Ford dealer who set the base timing to zero.
Now when I put a timing light on it, the mark is opposite what I guess is about 7 degrees. Apparently the computer adjusts the timing to suit conditions. I use BP ultimate fuel. Can I adjust the timing a few degrees advance by rotating the distributor to gain some more performance, or should I go back to Ford and get them to do it ? Is there an easy way to to set the base timing ? The shop manual says a bit about shorting out a couple of pins in the plug under the dash, but we are a bit loathe to fiddle with that .
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Old 06-01-2005, 23:06   #2 (permalink)
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i got a mechanic to advance mine its running 18 degrees, which is 8 above standard.. and it doesnt seem to ping, mind u i always run BP ULtimate.. i didnt bother trying to do it myself i heard its a hassle and u only have a couple of seconds to do it...
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i got a mechanic to advance mine its running 18 degrees, which is 8 above standard.. and it doesnt seem to ping, mind u i always run BP ULtimate.. i didnt bother trying to do it myself i heard its a hassle and u only have a couple of seconds to do it...
Thanks 4 that. Took my ute to the city and had it run on a Dyno Dynamics Dyno in Shoot Out mode.
At 4500 revs in 4 th gear it recorded 182.8 rwhp which to me with the minor mods done is ok.Sounded nice . I've got light truck tyres on with a high section and the dyno operator said I could get a bit more with lower profile tyres. Left the timing set on the marks (0) in self diagnosis mode.
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Re: Ignition Timing

nice amount of power u got there, .. so u decided to leave the timing stock?
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Re: Ignition Timing

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i got a mechanic to advance mine its running 18 degrees, which is 8 above standard.. and it doesnt seem to ping, mind u i always run BP ULtimate.. i didnt bother trying to do it myself i heard its a hassle and u only have a couple of seconds to do it...
a couple of minutes to be exact... still sfa time. i did do mine, and i dont think it was too bad at all. mind you i was using a snap-on digital adustable timing gun....

nicebus - I reckon u should get it advanced a bit too, i had my eb2 on 16 degrees and was fine on premium but better on ultimate. from 6 degrees to 16 degrees, it made a big difference and very worthwhile.
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nice amount of power u got there, .. so u decided to leave the timing stock?
Yes, will leave the timing for now. When I get a chance will try out one of those adjustable timing lights and maybe just advance in 3 degree increments and see how it feels. Just got a G Tech Pro, so will be able to monitor the power and 400 m times as I go.
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Re: Ignition Timing

i hate timing an EF lol, Too bad i cant
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