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Old 10-12-2005, 08:47 PM   #11
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i would say this is not right . i would look at the exaust to make sure nothing got bent some how or as someone else said a plugged cat . as far as timing i dont think advancing/ retarding the timing would do this at idle ]
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Old 10-12-2005, 08:48 PM   #12
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Could it be running extremely lean by any chance?
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Old 10-12-2005, 08:58 PM   #13
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i am not an expert in headers but that doesnt seem right to me
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Old 10-12-2005, 09:25 PM   #14
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Take it to dealer and see what they say...that is not right.
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Old 10-12-2005, 09:32 PM   #15
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And SVTs do have cats - might want to look at that too.
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Old 10-12-2005, 09:32 PM   #16
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You know you might be running too rich or lean I forget which but it could be your vavle timmimg is off maybe the vavle is bearly open I'm bearly .001 inch or something so a lot of hot gases are coming out too much or too soon or something but MAN those things are RED,CHERRY, and SMOKIN!!! good luck.
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Old 10-12-2005, 10:01 PM   #17
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^^^btw -2 this is not my car this is a friends car hence SVT forum.....^^^
Or, are you thinking "Ford Focus Technical Chat" is more appropriate?
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Old 10-12-2005, 10:27 PM   #18
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Wow dude, I'm not an expert but I would say that's not normal.
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Old 10-12-2005, 10:41 PM   #19
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First off I would call dealer and see if on SVT header is known to get red hot, maybe a common thing dealers see more often (I would know I work for Subaru). If no know issue then check the cat by simple un-bolt flange right before cat and see if they still glow, if they do, it's related to your exhaust cam install. Cam is probably too far advanced and when ignition is happening exhaust valves start to open letting the "explosion" in to the header causing it to glow. That's what I would do to diagnose this problem.
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Old 10-12-2005, 10:52 PM   #20
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It is NOT normal for the SVT header to GLOW under normal idle and even street driving. We've already found the reason and a couple people have hit the subject on here. The intake cam is out of adjustment by about 7 to 8 degrees. leaving the valve open and letting hot gases in to the cylinder increasing exhaust gas temperatures. So we are taking the timing belt off and resetting top dead center because we failed to loosen the VCT cam when we installed the timing belt. Thanks for the help guys!

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