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First make sure the clutch master cylinder is adjusted correctly. There are videos of how to do that. If you are on a 1g then check your adjustment on the shifter cable.I would recommend the use of good gear oil (red line) and lastly it's sounding like possible synchro wear.
Just using a nut driver (or socket and extension) to get the bolts just snug using 2 fingers is all it takes. The above poster is right, you are sealed by a massive rubber gasket so a bent piece of metal on the outside won't affect anything other than the perfectness of your engine bay.The...
You could pull the spark plugs and turn it over and check to see if the piston tops are wet. Quick verification that the injectors are in fact firing. Then you can go from there. Do you have a 1G or 2g CAS?Are the plug wires new?
That's correct if they are stock cams. Aftermarket cams may have multiple dowel holes (like fidanza having Evo holes).I would get your timing to TDC with all marks lined up and put the cas alignment in proper.