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Old 11-14-2004, 08:15 PM   #1
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SWAB MOD update

I just redone the SWAB MOD to the 90 degree angle. I just got back from the test ride and here are the initial results;

1) First I have to say that the original SWAB setting made my car a gas hog! I do a great deal of driving which ot was easy to see the difference in gas consumption.

2) The car off the line seemed to lose (slightly) on the launch. (If you want to call this a launch considering it is an SPI 4 banger!) There seems to be a little slower ramp up of power. It is far better than stock though!

3) The car picks up pace quickly while driving. Stomping on the gas while driving at around 25 MPH to about 45 MPH the car jumps quickly! It ramps up extremely quick! BUT As you know the top end is pretty weak with the SPI, so once you reach peak power you better let that Mustang you are racing go! Make it look like you "let him win" by letting off the throttle early!

4) I have a 2002 sedan with intake, Iridium plugs, Ractive wires and the SWAB MOD. I don't even have the cat-back yet. I have 17" Kazera rims too!

Waterboy - This is an awesome MOD! Thanks! I strongly suggest this MOD coupled to the basics.... intake, plugs, wires, exhaust, TB, pullies. You know how the SPI seems sluggish when you step on the gas! Do the SWAB and your worries will be over! (Get an intake too!)

What I did to hold the actuator at 90 degrees - I took a radio backstrap (which is a piece of flat metal strap with holes in it, you can get one from any radio shop for about a buck) and placed one of the holes on the lower of the two round poles that are part of the actuator arm. I bent the bracket to allow the back strap to slide over the lower actuator pole and the lower bolt hole of the control unit. I put the bolt in and tightened the bolt down to hold the actuator arm in place. I used the top bolt hole and some small washers (about 4 of them) to hold the electronic module. The one top bolt holds it fine. What is nice is that this can be 100% reversed if you need to do so. Anyway, this is what I did with limited resouces in the cold. I am sure we could find a dozen ways to hold the arm at 90 degrees!

Has anyone else modified the SWAB MOD yet?


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Old 11-27-2004, 03:39 PM   #2
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Yes I did and trust me your brain thinks better in the cold than mine I have two wire ties one top and one bottom and that holds it center. I did mine after work about 11:00pm but ya know.
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Old 12-01-2004, 02:09 AM   #3
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lol, focusin I pretty much did what you did, just put a zip tie on there and i was done..You said you also put another one on the bottom, does that make it more centered or what? because my sits closed but just barely, probably not enough to notice a difference in anything...
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Old 12-01-2004, 07:41 AM   #4
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So I found the instructions and looked behind my volant box... I see a few 10mm bolts but im a noob so I think I need a little more detail as to where the butterflies are I need to open. Anyone possibly have a pic please, or a bit more detail.

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Old 12-02-2004, 06:41 AM   #5
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What id did when i did it was remove your whole intake assembly...box, hose going to the TB..you then should see a black box with 2 10mm bolts 1 you can see 1 is difficult to see but mounted below that black box. Take it off but DO NOT UNPLUG the wire going into that box or you get an engine light. After you get that box off, you should see a metal peice with 3 ends sticking out, rotate it half way and use something to hold it in place. Some people use springs, but i found it easier to use a ziptie. Then get about 3-4 washers and put that box back on so it's not dangling around under there. use the 3-4 washers for each bolt then reinstall your intake assembly. I too have this mod..it is nice but get ready to see your gas mileage decrease. Hope this helps!
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Ill tell ya when I do it at lunch time today... Hopefully I can find this thing
Is the box closer to the TB or behind the Intake box?
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i'll try and post up a pic of the box tomorrow. best of luck
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Hey panther I used the bottom tie to hold the valve more center and the reason is because I figure with all the air flow it may need to be braced a little more.
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i'll try and post up a pic of the box tomorrow. best of luck


Thanks... I could use a pic.
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I took 4 pics just a lil while ago, and i tried to upload into thismessage but there too big. I tried photobucket, but there website isdown...email?
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