okay, so my car is up and running. i've put about 300 kms on it, trying
to rack up some mileage to get through the break in. it runs like a top,
idles fine, everything seems in order. the only problem i've encountered
so far is pinging under load.
break down -
car runs hotter than it used to, but before i was using a 16v rad. now i
have a 8v rad with overflow built in. running pink coolant with a bottle of
water wetter and low temp switch/thermostat. before it used to always be
a 1/4 and maybe 1/2 when in traffic. now it's consistently at 1/2, sometimes
a nug over. have two derale 10" pusher fans on the inside of the rad that
management is TT digi 1 16v chip. i spoke with colin at TT, gave him the break
down of my setup and he's like no problem. injectors are beefier than stock, 36 lb/h
if i recall correctly. i have an aeromotive FPR dialed in at 45psi.
internals are JE 11.5:1 83.5mm pistons. there was cruddy 4 year old gas in the
tank (although, really low) so i put in some fresh 91. after putting like 150 kms on
the motor, i put a couple 15 dollars shots of 94. (tank leaks so can't fill it up)
i'm still not really hammering it because i'm still in break in, but i can feel
under load that it's going to ping. checked the marks top and bottom for the belt,
everything is all good. adjusted the timing a whole bunch of times. 6d BTDC, 3d BTDC,
not really any difference i can see. i haven't really tried the car when it's cold, since
the engine is so fresh its always running a bit before i drive it, still checking everything.
now, i have an adjustable cam gear, if i retard the cam timing a bit would that
work to calm down the ping a bit? i was reading the bentley and in the notes it says to
not install the knock sensor with a washer, and i checked, there's a washer on it.
i know it's torqued right and it's under cyl #1.
what else should i be checking? is it possible it's running lean that's why it's