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Old 07-09-2013, 07:08 AM   #1
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Advanceing timeing? Good idea?

How much hp could I gain and how much do I advance it? Also do I have to always run premium fuel because my dad borrows my car sometimes and puts 87 in lol.
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14 degrees timing is good for 93 octane. I ran my 95 for years this way and it did pick up some power.
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I agree same here I have my 88 running at 14 and it seems to love it
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I agree same here I have my 88 running at 14 and it seems to love it
How much hp do u think I will get?
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I got a good SOTP kick but my 95 was a Cobra, you might not feel that much of a difference but it will make a little more power and have better off idle characteristics.
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I advanced my timing on my 95 GT to 12 and it started pinging. Then I retarded it back to 10 and now I push the gas and doesn't have power. So just a Lil heads up that's all
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Were you running 93 octane?
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87-91 octane. Colorado it's rare to find 93 octane. I can't pinpoint what's going on
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87-91 octane. Colorado it's rare to find 93 octane. I can't pinpoint what's going on
What altitude are you at?
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87-91 octane. Colorado it's rare to find 93 octane. I can't pinpoint what's going on
Well if you started advancing the timing running 87 octane... yeah it'll start to ping... especially higher up in altitude.
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Not to steal your thread from underneath you but can someone explain what advance timing is and how you change it? I like the thought of more hp and I have a 99 cobra that uses only 93 octane so does that mean its set to 14 already or can my sct tuner change it????
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Not to steal your thread from underneath you but can someone explain what advance timing is and how you change it? I like the thought of more hp and I have a 99 cobra that uses only 93 octane so does that mean its set to 14 already or can my sct tuner change it????
You would have to have it tuned through your sct to change timing.
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Not to steal your thread from underneath you but can someone explain what advance timing is and how you change it? I like the thought of more hp and I have a 99 cobra that uses only 93 octane so does that mean its set to 14 already or can my sct tuner change it????
This thread is about cars with a distributor where you can just use a timing light and turn the distributor to advance/****** timing. On a modular it all has to be done electronically.
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Does the engine run hotter with advanced timeing?
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Steady at 180-200 on the cobra with a 180 tstat and fan set to come on at 180.
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Well if you started advancing the timing running 87 octane... yeah it'll start to ping... especially higher up in altitude.
Yea I backed it down to 0 and it stopped. I think I'll get it professionally tuned to avoid the headache lol
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Whoa, it should be at 10 from factory, man. Not 0.
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What condition is your balancer in. Its possible that the timing ring has slipped over time.
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Yea I backed it down to 0 and it stopped. I think I'll get it professionally tuned to avoid the headache lol
No wonder it runs like *** you have it 10 degrees retarded...

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Whoa, it should be at 10 from factory, man. Not 0.
Beat me to it.
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When I do set it to 10 deg it will ping then as well.
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Are you sure you are setting it properly?
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Are you sure you are setting it properly?
Yea. The guy I got the car from said he just replace the distributor and when you do that don't you have to ou the engine at TDC?
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Yea I backed it down to 0 and it stopped. I think I'll get it professionally tuned to avoid the headache lol
Hmm. Sounds like u didn't set it right. It should be normally at 10 degrees not zero.

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There's a little plug in chip inline with the wiring harness running to the distributor. U need to pull that out before setting the timing. It will make the car run kinda crappy but that's what u need to set the timing. There u can try 12 & 14 degree timing. Once it's set THEN plug the chip back in and go for a burn. Have fun!!
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Hmm. Sounds like u didn't set it right. It should be normally at 10 degrees not zero.

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There's a little plug in chip inline with the wiring harness running to the distributor. U need to pull that out before setting the timing. It will make the car run kinda crappy but that's what u need to set the timing. There u can try 12 & 14 degree timing. Once it's set THEN plug the chip back in and go for a burn. Have fun!!
Ill give it a shot again. Thanks
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At 12 what octane should I run?
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If you are advancing the timing at all just run 93 octane or whatever is highest around you. Its like what 20 cents more per gallon?
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