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Changing distributor on a xr4ti

How do i set the timing from scratch after i change the distributor?

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I realize this is an older post, but maybe it will help. You need a timing light for starters. With the dizzy cap off, point the rotor where the #1cylider post would be on the cap. That will get you close enough to start the engine. Go ahead and start the engine and let it warm for a minute, then disconnect the SPOUT plug and with the timing light, turn the dizzy until the timing gun reads 13 btdc on a manual, 10 btdc on an auto. Plug the SPOUT back in and verify that your timing advanced. Tighten down the dizzy hold-on bolt and then verify your timing didn't change after you tightened the dizzy down.

Now you're good to go!

Posted on May 26, 2009

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