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Old 02-04-2010, 04:34 AM   #1
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....I have never adjusted the timing using the CAS... I have always used my voodoo box.


Well my newll 17 y.o. cousin has a 95' NA about to be boosted from a ebay kit he just recieved, and he wants my help to make sure it runs perfectly, and I dont want to look like a doucher. (at least hes 17 and didnt spend his b-day money on a honda with a sound system or stupid wheels, instead he takes my advice and buys a decent high milage 1.8l NA for 1.2k, and the rest on a "starter" kit)

I made sure he understands the limits of a ebay kit, and he has RX-7 injectors lined up, along with a dependable AFPR, and all other necessities for a complete setup, but he has no electronic fuel management, he is going full bandage wrap.


We are both broke asses, and neither of us have timing lights.
I have no ******* clue what direction to turn the CAS to retard.
I dont want to look like a retard with a turbo bandage for 4 years.





help?
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:42 AM   #2
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will be hard to do without a timing light....
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How can you not have a timing light? This is not effing rocket science!! You can use an ebay, Craigslist, ur grandpa's garage spark powered $1.00 special! Young & dumb, WTF!
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Harbor Freight has a 10$ timing light.
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Get that 20% discount and free flashlight too.
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Go to autozone and borrow a timing light. You have to give them a deposit and then you'll get your money back when you return it.
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Stick your finger in the spark plug hole for #1 and close your eyes until it fires and you will be able to see the strobe action.
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Get that 20% discount and free flashlight too.
Every one I've been to is out of the free flashlights, and you can't use the 20% one during the same transaction as any other coupons...not just the same item, but the same counter visit.

I still got $200 worth of tools needed for rebuild for $94 the other day though.


Pen: Get a timing light, once you go MS you'll use it every time you reflash.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:49 AM   #9
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...once you go MS you'll use it every time you reflash.
? or just keep your trigger angle set at the same value as you set it last time...
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? or just keep your trigger angle set at the same value as you set it last time...
I always check it anyways...just trying to drive home the point that he should always have one in the garage.
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A timing light is a good tool to have in the tool box at all times.

The other day my buddy let me use his detail shop (again) to install a ipod interface into my gf's mazda 6. We were talking about tools and borrowing them, and he said "if I have to borrow it 3 times, then I buy myself one". I think this is a good rule to follow. God knows how many times I've had to borrow a timing light, or a test light, or a torque wrench, etc. I've got just about everything I need now to do what I do, and when I don't, there's 4 surrounding shops full of tools to thumb through.

But regarding the CAS, once you have a timing light its easy as can be.
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Stick your finger in the spark plug hole for #1 and close your eyes until it fires and you will be able to see the strobe action.
I'd suggest this method, it's more accurate than a timing light.
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I'd suggest this method, it's more accurate than a timing light.
I'd use my dick but I can't fit it AND the car in the garage at the same time.
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Every one I've been to is out of the free flashlights, and you can't use the 20% one during the same transaction as any other coupons...not just the same item, but the same counter visit.
Damn, strict in your area. I must have been the coolest employee ever. I'd let people get the flashlights and use 20%. I don't work there anymore but every time I stop by I grab some coupons from behind the counter for flashlights. I guess I'm just a hooligan .
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Stick your finger in the spark plug hole for #1 and close your eyes until it fires and you will be able to see the strobe action.
lick it before you stick it.
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lick it before you stick it.
I keep your girlfriend around for that.
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lolz I deserve this.
Fine, timing light it is, besides, at summit racing they have a clearance that includes some polished aluminum finish timing lights for $12
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Personally I hate the shiny ones. On some cars you are already having to psition it very carefully and then peer over it to se the timing marks. Why throw glare into the equation. Thats not likely to be a huge problem on the Miata though.

I got one at HF for like 25 bucks that has the nice easy to use inductive pickup (you just clip it onto the #1 wire) and also an adjustable offset dial with a non-gloss black finish. Works great.
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