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Injection Cars - Tuning up-date
Created: December 26, 2002
And how 'real' are those claims likely to be? Only witnessing such an engine producing such power would be definite confirmation, so then it's down to 'scruples' I guess. How to judge? The company illustrated above claims in it's advert that they are getting this 135bhp and 122lb ft torque from their stage 3, 1380cc, Kent 276 profiled cam, injected engine - not the 286, stage 4 headed detailed above when in the CCC article the figures given for the stage 3, 276 cammed motor is only a claimed 115bhp/100lb ft torque. Some wool-pulling there or what? As this advert has been run like this for many months - I really can't see it as a genuine mis-print!
FUEL SYSTEMS - The History of SU Carbs
Created: December 12, 2002
Strangely enough, it all started way back with William Banks Skinner; one of the owners/directors of the well-known Lilly and Skinner footwear distributors. In April 1872, W B Skinner's wife gave birth to George Herbert Skinner in Ealing, London.
Injection cars - SPi-TPi tuning, basic information
Created: May 25, 2002
Injection cars - SPi-TPi tuning, basic information I've been getting a lot - well even more than normal - of questions concerning tuning the injection engined-cars of late as more and more folk are looking to tune their modern Minis. Many are frustrated by the lack of product availability to achieve what they want, some are experiencing problems with the standard ECU and others are plain hacked-off at the lacked of useful information on how to go about tuning the injected cars.
Air filtration - K&N Air cleaner test
Created: September 19, 2001
In improving the over-all breathing capability of the very asthmatic A-series, the air filter set-up gets priority attention. A frequent question is "which is best - element in standard case or cone/pancake type?" To satisfy some folk's desire, I did a test on a small-bore unit.
Carburation - Initial Considerations and Manifolds
Created: March 22, 2001
When trying to improve your Mini’s breathing efficiency, carburation and inlet manifolds are open to as much speculation as other ‘performance enhancing’ components. A great deal of which falls into the b*llsh*t category. As is my wont, I’ll try and outline some basic guidelines.
FUEL - Leaded/unleaded fuel and the alternatives.
Created: September 29, 2000
The fuel situation seems to be worsening at a great pace these days. And as is exhibited by the questions that appear on the message board many folk are confused by what they can and can’t do, and what is best to do as far as race engines go. Many have posted (particularly from the States) that nothing need be done - just run on unleaded.
SU CARBS - Dashpot oil.
Created: September 29, 2000
This subject is a regular message-board poser. Many of us have touted our preferences and discoveries whilst playing about over the years. One problem with trying to deal with it on the message board is the sheer volume of information offered and available against the time available to post it.
SU Carbs - Quick reference needle selection
Created: September 08, 2000
Being an oft-voiced question on the message board, I thought I'd share it with you. Since there is already a very good source of starting points/applications for fixed needle carbs, this is for those floundering about in the wilderness that is the biased (swinging) needle example of the breed.
SU Carbs - HIF, a more finely honed instrument.
Created: September 06, 2000
The basic SU design has maintained the same basic format since it's inception. But modern technology continually sweeps its ever-growing arm across all manufactured products and the SU was no exception.
SU CARBURETTORS - How They Work
Created: September 01, 2000
Even though the SU carburetter (carb) is a very basic yet precise instrument, some fundamental understanding on just how it works is needed to be able to deal with common problems and tuning. Following is as basic a description of what's going on that I can manage!