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so i've heard a tune up done corectly is a cheap and a great way to add to your engines performance. i have no clue what the steps are in doing my own tune up. anyone know what should be done and what parts tools i would need? thanks. i couldnt find an article on it here, could be a suggestion...
 

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spark plugs
wires(optional)
distributor cap,
rotor
advance the ignition timing to 18 degrees (see article)

basic tune up stuff.. also put synthetic oil in your car, should make it run a bit smoother..
 

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I categorize a tune-up under 'preventative maintenance' more than anything. Steps for a tune up just make sure everything is in tip-top shape. In addition to spark plugs, wires, cap and rotor, and synthetic oil (I use Castrol 10W-30 heavier weight for higher-mileage engines, curious as to what everyone else uses) I recommend the following:

- flush your cooling system, and I like to use Water Wetter in my coolant, please only use Honda geniune antifreeze (buy a Haynes guide if you don't already have one).

- change oil and filter. Always get a good filter. I use Bosch premium filters. Change the washer too.

- check and adjust valve clearances using a feeler gauge. Don't do this unless you know what your doing.

- inspect all fluid levels, all underhood wiring, brake components, boots, belts, anything made of rubber underneath your car. Look for tears, cracks, etc. Make sure everything is topped off

- transmission fluid change (again, only Honda geniune)

- get some fuel injector cleaner. I use STP fuel injector treatment because thats what the Acura dealership uses here (I saw them dump it into a dual-supercharged NSX)

- I like to use Z-Max. I know some guys think it's worthless, but I gain about 30 to 40 miles a tank, the engine runs cooler and accelerates smoother.

- You can advance the ignition timing, but be careful here. Adjustable cam gears may be in order, they run around $100. Again something you don't want to mess with unless your comfortable you know what your doing.

Good luck and good tuning.
 

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What kind of spark plugs would you guys use?
 

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Gumout Regane fuel system cleaner is a better product to use. Straight fuel injector cleaner is very harsh and not good for the injectors. Acura offers a complete fuel system flush for $65 or so I believe if you really want to get all the crap out.

You don't need cam gears to advance your ignition timing. In a tune-up they check your timing to see if it is within 16 degrees +/- 2 degrees BTDC. Rotate distributor as needed, we have an article on it here.

on a stock motor stick with stock sparkplugs. For the VTEC Integras it's NGK PFR6G-11/13 laser platinum. 1.3mm gap for the GS-R and 1.1mm gap for the Type R. The LS's come with copper plugs so you can change to those or upgrade to platinum if you want.
 
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