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Old 03-12-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Motor only taking 16 degrees of timing, hesitation off cruise

Details: 1998 Legacy, EJ257 short block, B25 heads, STi cams not running avcs, JDM intake manifold, Bosch 1000cc injectors, VF43, 3" APS inlet, SPT intake, 3" HKS downpipe, Megan up pipe, 3" catless exhaust, STi TMIC, 2002 WRX ECU, Walbro 255 fuel pump, Grimmspeed EBCS, NGK Iridium 1 step colder plugs. I recently swapped this motor in. I upgraded it from an ej205. Before putting in the ej257, I put new head gaskets on and cleaned the pistons and combustion chambers so there are no carbon deposits.

Had Mike Botti tune my car last night and overall, it went well. I can't say enough good things about Mike. He really took the time to work on the car and get things as good as possible. I highly recommend him.

We ran into a few issues though that I'm looking for some help solving. The biggest thing that is bothering me is that the motor only took about 16 degrees of timing. Mike was saying that it should take closer to 20. We thought it could be a bad tank of gas so I filled up with Mobil super but it still did the same thing. It would knock with anything more than 16 degrees of timing. We have the car running 20.5 PSI. What are some reasons that the motor won't take more timing?

The second thing is that I get a hiccup when I accelerate off of cruise. If I'm putting along at 3000rpm in third gear and I start to put my foot down, the car will hesitate and then get moving smoothly into boost. Mike said that he didn't see anything in the data logs to pin the hesitation on. What are some things that can cause this?

I'm just starting to learn about tuning so forgive me if I'm a novice.

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