Originally posted by tension001
there is no VCT to mess up, so rule that one out. Im going to guess your timing is wrong. I second checking it over with a timing light and making sure you tensioned the belt properly..
ZX2s have VVT on the exhaust side...its part of the emissions control system, they don't have an EGR system like we do as a tradeoff. Although I doubt that it would cause the problem you're describing, it might be something to look into.