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Old 17th July 2010
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Default 1986 evo sporty. Is my cam timing set correctly manual is not accurate!

Ok so i was suprised to find out that removing the right side engine cover pulled my timing gears and cams out and cam out of time so i was forced to look at the pdf manual to see how to time everything again. Unfortunately for me the illistrations in the manual are not 100% accurate. all the lines and dimples line up properly except for the intake cam on the forward cylinder. the alignment marks are off about 1/8" and if i move the gear one tooth over it gets worst. So my question to anyone that knows the 86 motor is this normal because i would hate to have to pull this thing apart again. see my picture below.
Thanks so much for your help.

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Old 17th July 2010
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Looks Good!

Thats exactly how it looked on my '90 before I put in my Andrews cams.

If the #3 cam mark was higher than the #2 cam would have been off by a tooth.
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I'd say your good to go. thats where I'd run it.
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