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8O My Car's never felt so good! :):)

I just got it out of the shop with a brand new clutch, and it made a WORLD of difference. I can peel my tires at like 3k now instead of 4.5-5, and it shifts sooooo much smoother. If anyone's been putting off a new clutch, I urge you to DO IT! :)

Yesterday, figuring that I have a new clutch and I might as well, I advanced my timing. I didn't use a timing gun or a certian gauge of wire though, I just simply did it by ear. I used a paperclip to jumper it and I turned the distributor till I heard it idle differently. Seemed to work fine and I've had no problems so far. This is a great little freebie for anyone with a 1.8, I must say. My car's much perkier, and I have power more readily instead of the lag I used to have.


Next is the hood vents, and in about a month, I'll have the cash to wrap my 17's with tires and maybe get a 3rd tv.... :twisted:
 

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Question: I have a 2000 SPI SOHC engine in my third gen, and it has distributers (So I think anyways) can I advance the timing on it?
 

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CVH, SPI, and Zetec motors all use crank-triggered distributorless ignition. You can only advance the timing electronically.


Keep your ears open 93GT.. I'm all for tuning by ear, but you've got to be careful... just be sure to back it off if you hear any pinging.. and keep hi-octane fuel in the tank.
 

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Escort93GT - I tried advancing mine as well and I could only go about a 1/4 ro 1/3 of an inch before it started to ping with some load and at speed. As Beaverboy mentioned, and Zeemax told me, you do have to use High Octane fuel when you do this. Here in Dallas I can get 93 octane. You might consider using an octane boost. (If anyone knows for sure the value of doing that - ie. whether it is necessary or not, please let 93GT know.) Well, have fun and keep it between the white lines.
 

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I am burning 93 octane... I let my fuel light come on, filled up on 93, and let it run like that for a little while just like the how-to suggested.

It's great... :)
 
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