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Back in Action

Last week, my Golf became inoperable due to loss of time.

This resulted in me driving my 1986 Cabriolet more than I had expected. To a predictable end.

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So I did timing with a friend, and since I was in there...

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Let’s have a look at that valvetrain...

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Ah, a small crack at the back of the head. Not really a huge concern, as this is above the windage tray, filled with a bolt, and wasn’t leaking oil.

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With the distributor now pointing the right way and timing set properly, it runs great!

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And look, no more CEL!

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And since I was in there, I put a bigger cam in (TT 260, largest I could have without changing valve springs), adjustable cam gear, and a new socket chip, giving me a 7200 RPM redline, a 93 octane map, and crackles. About a month ago I also got rid of my crappy chinese exhaust and put a Techtonics 2.25" one on. The old one wasn’t rusted out or cracked surprisingly after two winters- it was just very loud and didn’t sound great.

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