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    Rover V8 tuning specialists - recommendations please

    Hi,

    Can anyone recommend a good garage from personal experience (relatively close to the Lichfield area) who they would trust to setup the carburetteron their Rover V8?

    I'm also after any recommendations for garages people have used in the past to have performance upgrades carried out on their Rover V8's.

    Lastly, does anybody know of a rolling road in the midlands who will perform a simple power ouput run?

    I'm fairly new to the area, so I could really do with some local knowledge from anybody who lives nearby.

    Thanks,
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by datkd View Post
    Hi,

    Can anyone recommend a good garage from personal experience (relatively close to the Lichfield area) who they would trust to setup the carburetteron their Rover V8? What carb have you got Dave??

    I'm also after any recommendations for garages people have used in the past to have performance upgrades carried out on their Rover V8's. Probably best to do the job yourself. Not too dificult depending on what you want to do and how much cash you've got

    Lastly, does anybody know of a rolling road in the midlands who will perform a simple power ouput run? If you're still struggling on this one in a few days time, let me know and I'll sort some addresses out for you

    I'm fairly new to the area, so I could really do with some local knowledge from anybody who lives nearby.

    Thanks,
    Dave
    Hope the above helps Dave
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    Thanks Tony. The carb is an Edelbrock performer. I just wanted someone to check it over and make sure it's setup ok....

    I think as far as engine upgrades are concerned, I haven't got the confidence to tackle those sort of jobs myself, so I was looking for someone who could do the work for me.

    As for the rolling road....you wouldn't think it'd be so difficult to find one around here! I've phoned a few companies that do ECU remaps, but they're not interested in just allowing you to use their dyno for a power test. I have a couple more to try, otherwise I'll be heading over your way...!

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by datkd View Post
    Thanks Tony. The carb is an Edelbrock performer. I just wanted someone to check it over and make sure it's setup ok....

    I think as far as engine upgrades are concerned, I haven't got the confidence to tackle those sort of jobs myself, so I was looking for someone who could do the work for me.

    As for the rolling road....you wouldn't think it'd be so difficult to find one around here! I've phoned a few companies that do ECU remaps, but they're not interested in just allowing you to use their dyno for a power test. I have a couple more to try, otherwise I'll be heading over your way...!

    Dave
    If you post up the carb jet and needle sizes and ask Sidecarbod nicely then he may help you with a good base setup for that carb. The engine mods are straightforward, we can discuss them at some point and I can talk you through how easy they are
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    If its a 3.5 lump then 86 primaries (which are standard) 67-55 rods, silver piston springs and 83 secondary jets should work quite well.

    Pulling the carb apart is easy but you might want to get a gasket first just in case it breaks. Reading the jet size from the crap stampings on the jets can be very hard!
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    Dave, if your looking for a rolling road i can suggest Aldon Automotive in Dudley, very friendly guys.... do a quick google search..!

    Where abouts in Lichfield are you? i'm just outside in burntwood....
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    Thanks guys. I have no idea what jets or rods are in there at the moment since the previous owner fitted the carb. I'll have a look later tonight and see if I can read them, otherwise I'll just order the suggested sizes and go from there. The idle speed seems a bit fast too me too...around 1000rpm when the engine's warmed up.

    Thanks for the rolling road suggestion in Dudley - I'll pop down there next week (if the rain ever stops!) and have a chat with them. Hopefully they'll be more helpful than the tuning place in Cannock who just grunted down the phone at me!

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    Sidecarbod,

    Having just re-read your size suggestions and cross checked them in the Edelbrock manual, whilst the primary sizes seem fine (and relate to 1 stage lean in the manual), the smallest secondary size suggested in the manual is 86 (3 stages lean). You know WAY more than I do about this, therefore is your suggestion of 83 for secondary jets ok to go with?

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by datkd View Post
    Sidecarbod,

    Having just re-read your size suggestions and cross checked them in the Edelbrock manual, whilst the primary sizes seem fine (and relate to 1 stage lean in the manual), the smallest secondary size suggested in the manual is 86 (3 stages lean). You know WAY more than I do about this, therefore is your suggestion of 83 for secondary jets ok to go with?

    Thanks,
    Dave
    Good on you for checking!

    The settings that I have suggested may well not be in the chart with regards to the secondaries but I really would not worry about it, The chart is full of errors anyway!

    The settings that I've suggested have come about by testing on several 3.5 engines using a lambda probe to monitor the exhaust gases. Having said I can only give you a guide to the settings, the proper way is to set up each carb on each engine!
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    If it's fast and cheap then it's not good.
    If it's cheap and good then it's not fast.
    If it's good and fast then it's not cheap!

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    Indeed....it might just be better to drop it into somewhere and have a rolling road tune performed on it....oh god, this tweaking and twiddling just never ends, does it?!?


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