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  1. 264/272 cams and high hydrocarbons

    I went through everything again and found that the plugs I used (Iridium) were fouled with what looked like a bit of oil on the two outboard cylinders (1 and 4). So I threw those out and went back to good old NGK copper plugs, put in a new set of Magnecor wires and replaced the coils in the...
  2. Ignition Coil?

    I have a problem where my car is blowing high HC (1000ppm) and it failed smog. When I pulled the plugs, I found that both 1 and 4 were wet fouled whereas 2 and 3 were dry. The engine has about 1000 miles on it since a rebuild.So, I'm thinking it's the coil because it just so happens to...
  3. Head Gasket Leaking

    This is purely anecdotal, but a friend of mine was in Taiwan visiting his girlfriend's family. Some other relative of hers worked in a Mitsubishi dealership and my buddy went for a visit since he and I were rebuilding my 2G. The mechanics there all told him that they had given up on the MLS...
  4. 264/272 cams and high hydrocarbons

    Interesting. This is kind of what I was wondering about; I hate to go around chasing wild geese. I can switch back to the stock cam but it's a pain if that's not the problem.Sounds like back to basics; make sure all the simple things work.Good advice!Many thanks!
  5. 264/272 cams and high hydrocarbons

    I put HKS 264/272 cams in my 2G and was hopeful that it would pass smog as long as I showed up with an innocent looking face. The car actually runs very well with just a bit of a lope. When they put it on the smog machine, though, it was blowing 1000 on the hydrocarbon test which is out of...
  6. What determines how good a tire is? performacne drag etc.

    Checkout www.tirerack.com; there is more information there than you can read in a lifetime. You can find general reviews, performance road tests, customer opinions, customers with cars just like yours and what they thought of the tire. It's wonderful! The prices are very good too, shipping is...
  7. Car Overheated / Overheating / Overheats [MERGED]

    When you put the thermostat in, there's a little hole with a dongle thingy in it; that hole needs to be at 12:00-high. If it's not in the right position, you will get an air bubble stuck at the top of the thermostat housing and any other bubbles in the system will get stuck there. That may or...
  8. To all people w/ BAER TRACK Big Brake Kit!!!!! PLEASE READ!!!!!!!

    Hey there; I've got the Big Brake kit and I love it. You may stop faster; this depends on whether your tires slip. Once the tires slip you aren't stopping very well anymore. Tires are a big part of the stopping equation, it's not just the brakes. I got Bridgestone Potenza S-O3s and they do...
  9. Bought a used 7 bolt engine block

    There is a GREAT FEAR about crankwalk, so anyone buying anything to do with a 7-bolt engine is going contrary to that sentiment. In particular there is a good bit of concern about rebuilding such a thing.I'll be interested to see how yours turns out. I, as a matter of fact, have a 7-bolt...
  10. Bought a used 7 bolt engine block

    You are the bravest person on this board. ;)
  11. Crankwalk diagnosed! What to do?

    Bear in mind that you can't just stick a 6-bolt shortblock under a 7-bolt head. If you want to do this, you need to do a "6-bolt conversion". Check out Magnus Motorsports ..http://www.magnusmotorsports.com/accomplishments.asp
  12. Continuos head gasket problems?

    Well, just to throw in one more data point -- I put in a Cometic when my head gasket failed; it leaked.For the dirty details: I went with a ported head and it was smooth as heck. I did not have the block decked but I did check it with a straightedge and it was fine, near as I could tell...
  13. fuel pump alone = more fuel?

    Hey man, you got it. Unless the stock fuel pump runs out of capacity; adding a bigger pump doesn't get you squat (except it's louder).One thing to note is that there is some information that the stock wiring on the stock pump is actually a problem (Road Race has a web page describing...
  14. Head off. Pics

    That's not nearly as bad as mine was. I swore off Shell gas for life after pulling my head and looking around.
  15. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

    Hey there. Remember I said "if I had $5..." ;)On the cam marks, if you put a straightedge on the the top of the head, do the two marks shown in the photo line up with the top of the head? It's not clear from the photo.Definitely don't jump through any hoops. These are just...
  16. The Tuning Guide Sucks!- Yea, I said it!

    Yeah, I always thought it was a percentage as well (though what I *think* won't buy you a cup of coffee). On the one hand it does seem kind of odd that you'd use twice as much horsepower on the driveline with 2x at the crank.On the other hand it doesn't seem right that it doesn't use any...
  17. Should i get a higher or lower compresion ratio piston

    Yep -- don't go higher unless you've got the resources, skills, and patience to tune it.
  18. The Tuning Guide Sucks!- Yea, I said it!

    I always thought it was crank horsepower too. Isn't the rule -15% for FWD and -18% for AWD? That would translate to 255WHP for a FWD that was 300 at the crank and I think that's about right.
  19. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

    That's pretty far off for the car to be running well.If I had to bet $5 -- I'd say that your friend was lining up the crankshaft timing mark incorrectly. If that were the case, it would do exactly what you are describing -- the cam gear marks would not line up and the oil-pump shaft...
  20. Where can I get injector seals online?

    These guys have them and they are a great shop.http://www.roadraceengineering.com/eclfuel.htm
  21. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

    Before you took everything apart, when everything worked fine -- how far off was the crankshaft timing mark when the cam marks were lined up.GTM -- you're called. If I stop posting because you threaten me; I may as well leave anyway. This board isn't about you.
  22. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

    Allright, now I've gone and apologized for getting into a back-and-forth with GTM. So I think it's time for someone here to get off their high-horse, don't you think?As to "positive attitude" and "condescending attitude: -- read above paragraph.Regarding #2, what did I read wrong? It...
  23. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

    Well, I disagree with this. Here's the quote: "Lines never not once even came close to lining up BEFORE WE TOOK THE BELT OFF!!!! and the car ran fine. CAMS LINED UP BUT CAMS+CRANK+OIL PUMP never not once lined up before we took it off.".The only explanation we've so far seen for this...
  24. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

    You are correct. I apologize for participating in this.
  25. Pro Street online.

    Indeed. I would never do business with them again either.
  26. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

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  27. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

    Hey, I searched on the word "search" and found 3686 occurences! Your point was what? How's about we search for the word "the" next?As to commonality, verniers, and all that other stuff designed to impress: it was you who indicated that you did not understand why rotating a fixed number of...
  28. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

    I have less time to search for all your posts than I do to read stuff like "snug the tensioner".As a wise person once said: There isn't anything wrong with having nothing to say unless you insist on saying it.We're trying to figure something out here -- if you have something to...
  29. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

    Well, if that were in English I might be able to make something of it. Gibberish is not terribly useful. Are you implying you know something by using a bunch of slang terms?Yes, you can get some of this wrong and it will still run (like getting the balance shaft out of phase); I suspect...
  30. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

    The point of rotating the engine 'x' times is that the marks can line up but the internal parts of the engine (like the oil pump balance shaft) can still be out of alignment. It's not just marks.That's the point -- this is a very precise operation. You can't just look at marks. There is...
  31. Replaced Timing belt barely starts but drives perfect

    Hi there. It sounds to me like you are taking a bit too cavalier of an attitude about this. You can't "skim" the VFAQ. In your original post you mention "The book says we should have to turn the motor over by hand up to eight times or something..." It's not something, it's six revolutions...
  32. HELP...problem droppin a SPYDERGST

    This is an old post, but I figured I'd comment just to get the info out there.I have a Spyder GS-T and I am running Eibach Pro-Kits. The car is nicely lowered, but not excessively, the ride quality and handling are excellent. I wish I had the part # for you, but it was a while ago that I...
  33. Fuel Pump Dead Again

    An obvious thing, make sure your fuel filter is clean. I had a Ford that kept burning out fuel pumps and it turned out there was a second fuel filter than nobody knew about (even Ford) so it never got changed even during a factory service. That was $300 a pop and I went through three pumps...
  34. Is this turbine too messed up? (pics)

    Well, I suppose it probably would boost 18 psi; the question is for how long. Let's see 100,000 rpm ....
  35. Ca Smog Laws

    The problem is seldom with the sniffer test and it is true that AWD vehicles don't use the dyno, so that part is pretty easy to pass.The problem is usually the visual test. The tech gets to peer into your car and if they see anything they don't like, they can fail you. As you might well...
  36. help fuel filter

    Your knuckles will thank you!Stick with an OEM filter if you are going to put the same kind of filter back in.If you are going to replace the OEM with something else like I did (easier to change in the future) then I'd recommend the Aeromotive 10 micron with replaceable filter. Search...
  37. getting worried, please advise!

    If I'm reading this right, your goal is not to get the original shop to diagnose or fix the problem; is that correct?If that's it, then what I would do, were I you, is call every shop in the area, explain what's going on and if they have a plausible explanation, or want to look at it, then...
  38. help fuel filter

    There is no job on your 2G that is quite as aggravating as changing the fuel filter. Now I know some other folks will come on and say "oh, it's not that bad" -- pay them to do it for you; since it's easy for them, they won't charge you much.The filter is on the firewall below where the...
  39. getting worried, please advise!

    So I take it your worried about possibly a multi-thousand dollar problem developing.What's the issue about leaving it for 10 hours? Take it over, leave it overnight (take the keys with you) go back in the morning and start it up for them. If this is as bad as you say, then it will be hard...
  40. big problem please help.... <exhaust related>

    Your profile says you have a Toyota; is that right? Is that the car you are asking about?
  41. i feel dumb typing this

    Personally, I'd screw all those numbers. What you want is some vendor to tell you, flat out, that a particular set of rims will work on your car (given state of lowering etc.).For starters, go out to www.tirerack.com. They have a dandy little web site and it will show you what, from a very...
  42. New super efficient/higher hp waterpump/impellar....interest?

    The reason this is true is that energy transfers faster the steeper the temperature gradient. Something 100 degrees hotter than ambient will cool off faster than something 50 degrees hotter. In English: a warm cup of coffee will cool down slower than a hot cup of coffee.By pumping...
  43. What do you say to somebody who lost a loved one?

    It's OK to say that you don't know what to say but that you care a lot and you are there. Remember, too, that your friend won't know what to say either.Good luck! Sounds like your heart is in the right place, and that's all you will need.
  44. Anyone on here deal with Anxiety?

    My personal cut on this is that your mind is a vastly more powerful tool than you think it is. In fact, it's so powerful that it's causing your problem.There is no question that medication can help some folks. Sometimes brains get a little out of whack, chemically, and you can shoehorn...
  45. What do you say to somebody who lost a loved one?

    The main thing is to show you care; there is no "right" thing to say. Everyone grieves in their own way. Stay connected.
  46. you should buy this?? take the poll to help me out

    OK, so what is it about "you want too much for it" that you don't want to hear?You will notice, if you poke around here, that many folks part their cars out when they go to sell them; that's because virtually nobody is going to give you anything close to what you put into it.Take for...
  47. timing belt change?

    I'm not sure what you mean by "safe"? You would be assuming the pulleys are OK and they probably are. There are two points in replacing them:1) A timing belt problem can chew up an engine pretty bad2) Changing the belts is a good bit of labor; changing the pulleys is very little...
  48. Heater Hoses

    I'm not sure what car you've got (Talon, I assume -- year???). Anyway, there can be lots of hoses.turbo coolant in turbo coolant out oil cooler in oil cooler out oil cooler intermediate throttle body in throttle body out
  49. you should buy this?? take the poll to help me out

    If you are trying to sell this here, which it looks like, you should probably move this over to the classifieds section.What's the crankshaft end-play, just out of curiousity?
  50. you should buy this?? take the poll to help me out

    Yeah, I just ran an appraisal through Edmunds and it came up $7,500.
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