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Old 04-01-2006, 12:12 AM
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Hi guys by the end of the week i will be buying a 302 short block. I can either get a mild setup or a high performance setup with a more aggresive cam, .030 over high compression pistons. My question is, would i have to use higher octane fuel for the engine or could i get AWAY with regular gas? By getaway with i mean only hurt the power and that is it.(none of the components.) I am gonna use cast iron heads with bigger valves too.
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Old 04-01-2006, 12:19 AM
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with higher compression, you need to run higher octane fuel. the more compression there is, the more heat there is, which in turn tend to ignite the air/fuel mixture sooner than it would regularly which gives you "knock" or "preignition". which is BAD in ANY ENGINE.
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Old 04-01-2006, 12:20 AM
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Could i just adjust the timing?
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Old 04-01-2006, 12:22 AM
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possibly, but may not be enough to keep it from knocking.
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Oh well premium is not that much more.
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Old 04-01-2006, 12:26 AM
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Oh well premium is not that much more.
YEAH, ok. its "only" $2.65 here. but, better than $3+....
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