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Old 06-21-2012, 11:22 PM   #1
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timing?????

Was wonder how much I could advance or ****** the timing on my car to get a few xtra horsepower?!?!?
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Was wonder how much I could advance or ****** the timing on my car to get a few xtra horsepower?!?!?
About 14* advanced base timing seems about the sweet spot. You may need to use premium grade fuel to prevent detonation.
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About 14* advanced base timing seems about the sweet spot. You may need to use premium grade fuel to prevent detonation.
Anyone in a 5.0 should be running premium anyway...I know you know that just saying as a general statement
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Anyone in a 5.0 should be running premium anyway...I know you know that just saying as a general statement
I disagree. If you run stock timing NA then you are simply wasting money imo
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I disagree. If you run stock timing NA then you are simply wasting money imo
+5.0 I'd run 87 in mine if I didn't have the timing advanced 14° but imo it woke the stang up enough to keep it that way!...and only run 93 to keep away from detonation.
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+5.0 I'd run 87 in mine if I didn't have the timing advanced 14° but imo it woke the stang up enough to keep it that way!...and only run 93 to keep away from detonation.
right on. i run 15-16 * base timing with 36* total timing. so i am not risking it!
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So should I set my timing at 14* or 36*?!? I'm confused here.....
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14* is what you should set it at with premium fuel. this is at idle

the 36* is at wot with my mechanical advance mechanism.

the reason i run a little higher timing than everyone is because i can get away with a little more with the aluminum heads. i have actually read of people with my heads saying 17* base timing is the sweet spot. but i am a sissy. maybe when i go to the track after a few passes i may try it, after i make sure its not detonating.
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So should I set my timing at 14* or 36*?!? I'm confused here.....
Set your base timing to 14°. The 36° is the total timing and he is carbureted, not using the EFI computer, so he needs to control his timing advance all the way through himself.


P.S. I run 87 octane in my 86 GT all the time with the timing set to factory specs and no issues. Unless your engine has 10.5 compression or higher there is no need for premium fuel unless you just want to pay the extra for it.
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Set your base timing to 14°. The 36° is the total timing and he is carbureted, not using the EFI computer, so he needs to control his timing advance all the way through himself.

P.S. I run 87 octane in my 86 GT all the time with the timing set to factory specs and no issues. Unless your engine has 10.5 compression or higher there is no need for premium fuel unless you just want to pay the extra for it.
yeah i guess i should hve been more specific.

so you dont advance your timing? im curious
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yeah i guess i should hve been more specific.

so you dont advance your timing? im curious
No, you did fine. I was writing that at the same time as you were writing your answer and you just beat me to the post.

Only when the situation calls for it and I have good fuel in the car.
With the power it makes I'm pretty happy with how it runs on 87 octane fuel.
I can be rolling at 15-20 mph in second and ease into the throttle and break the back tires loose as it was, so more is less sometimes. Hopefully the suspension and tire change will help the hook.


I really want to get the SC on it and see if I can do that in 4th at highway speeds.
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No, you did fine. I was writing that at the same time as you were writing your answer and you just beat me to the post.

Only when the situation calls for it and I have good fuel in the car.
With the power it makes I'm pretty happy with how it runs on 87 octane fuel.
I can be rolling at 15-20 mph in second and ease into the throttle and break the back tires loose as it was, so more is less sometimes. Hopefully the suspension and tire change will help the hook.

I really want to get the SC on it and see if I can do that in 4th at highway speeds.
ok, gotcha.

i can break them loose at over 30-35. but i gotta drop it pretty hard. and it will just break loose. i am actually real happy with my suspension. it actually hooks better now, then before i upgraded my motor. that is unless i drop it hard. i think my real low ride height helps the lift bars out.

i bet you will have no problem breaking the tires loose at many speeds when all said and done. :drool:
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ok, gotcha.

i can break them loose at over 30-35. but i gotta drop it pretty hard. and it will just break loose. i am actually real happy with my suspension. it actually hooks better now, then before i upgraded my motor. that is unless i drop it hard. i think my real low ride height helps the lift bars out.

i bet you will have no problem breaking the tires loose at many speeds when all said and done. :drool:
My "extensive" lightening of the car has had some adverse effects. I'm hoping that relocating the battery to the back will help traction issues a lot. Replacing the factory hatch and glass with a fiberglass hatch and Lexan and removal of the rear seats, removed a lot of weight off the rearend, so I may end up having to add some weight back there.
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My "extensive" lightening of the car has had some adverse effects. I'm hoping that relocating the battery to the back will help traction issues a lot. Replacing the factory hatch and glass with a fiberglass hatch and Lexan and removal of the rear seats, removed a lot of weight off the rearend, so I may end up having to add some weight back there.
Ha!...so you know the bad side of lightweight fox's!...absolutely NO traction!.my stang sounds and feels fast,but NOPE!...1st gear is a joke just spinning...and with that said these lightweights are capable of 12sec quarters on motor and suspension alone!..

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Ha!...so you know the bad side of lightweight fox's!...absolutely NO traction!.my stang sounds and feels fast,but NOPE!...1st gear is a joke just spinning...and with that said these lightweights are capable of 12sec quarters on motor and suspension alone!..

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Yes indeed I do.


Even my daughter's stock 89' Convertible can get pretty squirrely if you are not careful.
I'm hoping and thinking that removing the springs from the lift bars and using coil overs will help a good bit.
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Hey what timing shoud I use for 93 octane gas?
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Hey what timing shoud I use for 93 octane gas?
If you have stock timing then just run 87.
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If you have stock timing then just run 87.
Well, I'm sure it's slightly advanced because when I bought it the guy said he slightly advanced it and I've never touched it. I hear detonation at low rpms though.
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93 should fix it.

I would invest in a timing light.
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93 should fix it.

I would invest in a timing light.
Yeah ima get me a timing light. I been using 93 all month because I used to use 87 octane ( the cheapest) and I heard detonation rattle sounds and that's why I went to 93. So I changed fuels now I gotta mess with the timing I guess.
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Check your timing. You may want to just run the 93 if your timing is in the 12-14 range. If it is and you go back to stock you may be disappointed.
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Check your timing. You may want to just run the 93 if your timing is in the 12-14 range. If it is and you go back to stock you may be disappointed.
Ok so 12 to 14. I'll keep that in mind. I can't wait to finnally get this car to drive like it used to. It feels like its not using its full power because of detonation. Thanks.
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Ok so 12 to 14. I'll keep that in mind. I can't wait to finnally get this car to drive like it used to. It feels like its not using its full power because of detonation. Thanks.
Stock timing is 10. People usually advance in the 12-14 range, but usually run premium. Every car is different. If you want to run 87 and still try to advance it a bit. You can start at 10. Then bump it up a little at a time. Whenever you hear detonation then back it off 2.

To check for detonation. I usually put it in 4th gear at about 20 mph so it loads the engine.
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I've read that some engines with stock pistons and heads like it as high as 15*-16*. 14* seems to be the standard though.

My first 95 liked 15*, my thought was is was a combo of weather and the diet my car was on. It was a GTS to start with and I striped everything I could out minus seats and carpet lol
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I still think mine could go more then 14° but but im stayin there just to be ”safe”..
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My timing is right between 15-16. But I have the advantage of aluminum heads.
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I read in a thread awhile back that 32 degrees is the way to get maximum throttle response. Idk what mine is set on I've just loosened the bolt and turned the distributor till its at max response.I know stock is 10 and I don't even know of you can even get it to 32. 0.0
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I read in a thread awhile back that 32 degrees is the way to get maximum throttle response. Idk what mine is set on I've just loosened the bolt and turned the distributor till its at max response.I know stock is 10 and I don't even know of you can even get it to 32. 0.0
32° would be the total advance. You do not want to set the base timing that far advanced.
Your engine would detonate and beat itself to death in a very short time firing that far ahead of TDC if it would even start.


Throttle response is going to be different for each engine. It wouldn't matter if you built two engines exactly the same. Minor flaws and discrepancies in the engines would make them different.
If you are past 14° to 16° advance I'd bet your engine is detonating as it is.
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32° would be the total advance. You do not want to set the base timing that far advanced.
Your engine would detonate and beat itself to death in a very short time firing that far ahead of TDC if it would even start.

Throttle response is going to be different for each engine. It wouldn't matter if you built two engines exactly the same. Minor flaws and discrepancies in the engines would make them different.
If you are past 14° to 16° advance I'd bet your engine is detonating as it is.

How do you check your detonation??? I would like to find out because like I said I have no idea the degree its at. I know I could get a timing gun but if there's another way I would like to know??
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you need to load the engine, and carefully listen. people like to describe detonation as marbles bouncing around. or a rattling pinging type noise.

what you can do to load the engine is put it in a high gear like 4th. then go really slow, like 20 miles an hour. this should be able to load the engine eough. as you do this listen to the motor.
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you need to load the engine, and carefully listen. people like to describe detonation as marbles bouncing around. or a rattling pinging type noise.

what you can do to load the engine is put it in a high gear like 4th. then go really slow, like 20 miles an hour. this should be able to load the engine eough. as you do this listen to the motor.
Exactly like he said. ^^^

Choose a gear that is actually to high for the speed you are traveling and push down on the gas pedal lugging the engine down. If you hear a pinging, rattling or knocking sound that is the engine killer, detonation.
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My timing is right between 15-16. But I have the advantage of aluminum heads.
I filled the tank with 87, brought back timing and I lost all detonation(awesome!) but it felt like I lost power. So I advanced it a bit and got more power and it detonated only slightly, very hard to notice. Maybe I mess with it some more when I'm off of work again. My damn heater core pipe that floats over the intake manifold under the plenum sprung a leak. So I gotta fix that next. I'm thinking of reinforcing my engine you know? Like make it tougher for future mods. Where should I start with that?
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I filled the tank with 87, brought back timing and I lost all detonation(awesome!) but it felt like I lost power. So I advanced it a bit and got more power and it detonated only slightly, very hard to notice. Maybe I mess with it some more when I'm off of work again. My damn heater core pipe that floats over the intake manifold under the plenum sprung a leak. So I gotta fix that next. I'm thinking of reinforcing my engine you know? Like make it tougher for future mods. Where should I start with that?
DO NOT let it detonate very long or you will be taking the chance of serious engine damage.
You will lose some power as you decrease the timing, but that is necessary to keep it from detonating.


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