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Hi guys, I'm not too familiar with this product in question so please bear with me.  Is it even possible for an electrical system to destroy engine components as described?  I thought valve timing and such was controlled by the camshaft and timing chain -- making it impossible for an electrical system to cause a failure.  I'm with Zed Head, it may be two different issues that happened at the same time.

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 Advanced ignition timing can cause broken rings and in severe cases holed piston tops. The first symptom is engine knock when going uphill. The knock is caused by the fuel-air igniting in the combustion chamber while the piston is still rising. (BTC) I know little to nothing about the 123 system so I have a question. Does this system control ignition advance to individual cylinders or does it advance all six with one function? Another way of putting it is could the system provide too much advance to one cylinder and not the others?

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I'm guessing that with too much advance on the spark you get the firing happen during the compression stroke which pushes the piston in the opposite direction of travel which may damage pistons, rings or other bottom end components

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@Mark Maras it's just a regular distributor with timing control inside.  It does all six at once, like moving the breaker plate on a regular distributor.

 

Here's a pretty good review of detonation.  Timing, heat, lean mixture...all can lead to detonation.

https://www.enginelabs.com/news/detonation-what-causes-it-and-how-to-control-it-using-efi/

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23 hours ago, Mark Maras said:

 Advanced ignition timing can cause broken rings and in severe cases holed piston tops. The first symptom is engine knock when going uphill. The knock is caused by the fuel-air igniting in the combustion chamber while the piston is still rising. (BTC) I know little to nothing about the 123 system so I have a question. Does this system control ignition advance to individual cylinders or does it advance all six with one function? Another way of putting it is could the system provide too much advance to one cylinder and not the others?

Ok, even if that was happening wouldn't you hear it?  I remember driving my car and hearing the knocking sound when I was tuning my engine (the old fashioned way).  I would think you should be able to adjust the system to a desirable setting on the fly with that bluetooth controlled system.

23 hours ago, w3wilkes said:

I'm guessing that with too much advance on the spark you get the firing happen during the compression stroke which pushes the piston in the opposite direction of travel which may damage pistons, rings or other bottom end components

I would think this could only happen if the car was running this way for a long time.  Unless there was something else wrong with the engine, this may not just happen overnight.

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The Hybridz guys have lots of stories of breaking things on their modified engines, especially the turbo guys.  Knocking/detonation can break things right away, apparently, on these engines.  Detonation is one of the main problems they try to avoid.

Seems like 123 just needs better instructions and higher quality caps.  Stores like this one are what the forum is all about though, aren't they?  Save somebody else a headache.  Verify timing with a light, don't trust the instructions.

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6 minutes ago, 240260280 said:

Cap seems to be problem:

Actually, that guy is showing that somebody didn't install the rotor correctly.  It wasn't pressed down far enough and seated.  That's a "user error" video, unless 123 installs the rotor before shipping.  Then it's a 123 rotor install error.

Trust but verify.

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I'm with zed head here. The reason of engine failure has been put without evidence directly to 123. (I did read the emails) . they tried to help. Don't trust instructions except special points like the led in the 123 case. When you need them to do the job, then maybe you should ask someone to do it for you.

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WOW MIKE!  I AM THOROUGHLY IMPRESSED!  GREAT WORK AND GREAT POST!!! 

 

Btw I still suffer eye damage from looking at your engine in the Memphis sun!!!

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Thanks Blue for the compliments!!  My engine bay is actually toned down a little now from the way it was in Memphis.  I've replaced my valve cover with one that is powder coated black, moved the breather to the back of the cover, and routed my wires around the front of the cover rather than over it.  You see more of the engine that way and given that its black its easier on the eyes!!  Haha!

Here's an update picture.DSC_0259.JPGDSC_0264.JPG

 

 

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38 minutes ago, Mike W said:

Thanks Blue for the compliments!!  My engine bay is actually toned down a little now from the way it was in Memphis.  I've replaced my valve cover with one that is powder coated black, moved the breather to the back of the cover, and routed my wires around the front of the cover rather than over it.  You see more of the engine that way and given that its black its easier on the eyes!!  Haha!

Here's an update picture.DSC_0259.JPGDSC_0264.JPG

 

 

Still beautiful though!!!!

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Great post!! Thanks for sharing - I will remember this if mine ever fails in action. Also I found the same parts on eBay at a fraction of what 123 have been charging.

I have to say; with my recent antics with mix / carbs / torque holes I’ve grown to like my 123 again. Being able to tune a couple of degrees more on specific parts of the power band and experimenting with the TUNE function has been enlightening, I wish they would offer some form of data logging though!

And you are right - NOWHERE on my instructions did it say to check with a timing light (although I did).

And still doesn’t ...

http://123ignition.nl/files/manuals/123manual_TUNEPLUS.pdf

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3 hours ago, AK260 said:

Great post!! Thanks for sharing - I will remember this if mine ever fails in action. Also I found the same parts on eBay at a fraction of what 123 have been charging.

I have to say; with my recent antics with mix / carbs / torque holes I’ve grown to like my 123 again. Being able to tune a couple of degrees more on specific parts of the power band and experimenting with the TUNE function has been enlightening, I wish they would offer some form of data logging though!

And you are right - NOWHERE on my instructions did it say to check with a timing light (although I did).

And still doesn’t ...

http://123ignition.nl/files/manuals/123manual_TUNEPLUS.pdf

You found what parts?  

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I don't know but for me there is a rule.

Playing with a distributor =timing light.

It's like changing a MC=Bleed the brakes.

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