Steeda's Timing Adjuster For 4.6 Mustangs
The Steeda Timing Adjuster Relocates The Crank-Trigger Sensor To The Outside Of The Engine
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The 4.6 is a completely different animal than the 5.0 for more reasons than just its overhead cams. One of these differences is that the 4.6 doesn't have a distributor, something we didn't think was that big a deal until we installed nitrous on our '96 GT. It was then that it hit us that we had no easy way of retarding the timing. And one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to a 5.0 Mustang for more power is to bump up the timing. To do that to a 4.6, though, you have to go into the computer. But no longer, thanks to Steeda's new timing adjuster for the two- and four-valve 4.6 V-8s.
The 4.6 ignition operates off a crank trigger, with a sensor and trigger wheel behind the front timing cover. The Steeda timing adjuster relocates the crank-trigger sensor to the outside of the engine, and allows you to move it to advance or retard timing up to ten degrees in either direction. It's one of those simple Why didn't I think of that? things. The installation only takes about 10 minutes.
Once the part is installed, timing is adjusted by loosening the two set screws and moving the sensor bracket. The factory base timing setting is 10 degrees, so to bump it to 14 degrees, move the bracket until the marks say 14. Then lock it down (Steeda recommends using thread-locking compound to keep it from vibrating loose) and you're done. The price of the adjuster is $179.95, and the same part number fits both the SOHC and DOHC engines.