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  1. Chap243

    Used Chaparral Sunesta

    I’ve got one now and love it. It’s very practical for our form of boating,; inland lakes, day boating and tieing up with friends.
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    What to do if I suffer mechanical failure....

    Have a good anchor that will hold you steady against the current, until help can arrive. Also, carry an appropriate amount of tools and equipment to repair the most common breakdown problems.
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    Its a Sunesta model. I have one and absolutely love it. In fact I`ve had two. I would start your search by using boatrader.com, or ebay or your local Craigslist.
  4. Chap243

    VP 5.7 GXI-j Distributor Timing

    I have always wanted the remote oil hose, as soon as I knew I was pulling the engine, I knew it was time. I am upgrading to the dizzy cap to brass terminals and reinforced screw holes. That's my thoughts too. I know I`ll spend $2-300 for a dealer or mobile mechanic to do the same thing, might as well spend a little more and buy the unit to have for future use. If need be I could always re-sale it on ebay and get a good chunk of my investment back.
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    VP 5.7 GXI-j Distributor Timing

    Update from Rinda. Upon reviewing my picture sent to them Rinda advises that based on my terminals that I need the Catalyst model adapter. Although I am certain that my exhaust is non catalyst. The handheld system is capable of reading cam retard. So it looks like my decision now is to spend the 600 deer or not. I am torn, it will be nice to have this unit for now and the future use, but 600 deer is 600 deer.
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    VP 5.7 GXI-j Distributor Timing

    My elbows are cast iron. There is a sensor in each one at the top, but I believe they are for temp sensors. Yes, I have viewed their website. Besides it being a lot more expensive, I don't prefer the laptop(cumbersome) over the hand held unit, that is if the handheld unit is capable of measuring cam retard. Still awaiting Rinda`s input from photo sent this morning.
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    VP 5.7 GXI-j Distributor Timing

    Guys, I surely appreciate your help, I am learning more about this process everyday. I have talked with Rinda. There seems to be some uncertainty about which tool and adapter I will need. Based on the year of my boat(`08) they are saying that I should have a Catalyst exhaust system and would need the more expensive unit ($600). I do not think my engine has the catalyst system but how would I know? Where are the catalyst located? I assume in the exhaust system somewhere. I am wondering if I have an `07 engine (pre catalyst), put in an `08 boat. If that's the case, I can save $100 on my scanner. I was told to email a picture of my terminals, I have three, to Rinda and they would try to see which model I need. I am awaiting their response. I will also asked for confirmation that the Techmate Pro is capable of reading cam offset angle. The project saga continues.
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    VP 5.7 GXI-j Distributor Timing

    Curt, The only tool I have so far is an OBD diagnostic tool for my cars and truck. As you know it plugs in under the dash and gives various readouts of engine faults, ect. I doubt this would be compatible as I have not seen any similar port on the Volvo to plug into. I am debating purchasing a Rinda tool for this purpose. If I don't, I will have to take it to the dealer or a mechanic who will probably charge a few hundred dollars. The question is, do I want to invest that money in a Rinda, along with a few hundred more, and have the Rinda available for future use. After all that I`ve got invested into this engine now, what`s a few hundred more dollars, right ;). Does anyone know of a similar, less expensive tool, than the Rinda, that will read retard and plug into the VP where needed ? And if so, where can I get one? Wing mentions a bidirectional scan tool above, but not quite sure what that is. Guess I better do some research.
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    VP 5.7 GXI-j Distributor Timing

    Things have gone well so far, really no complications until the distributor positioning thing. I had previously rebuilt the fuel cell, so it should be good. Oil pump is new, with the new block. The manifolds and risers are in good shape, so I just cleaned them out and repainted. The water pump, alternator and starter were rebuilt. I replaced all seals and O rings and rusty bolts, ect. New cap, rotor, plugs and wires. Installed a remote oil drain line. All transfer components were degreased and repainted. It really looks like a new engine, now I just have to figure out this cam retard, timing issue. Unfortunately I wont be able to fire it up until April when the hull gets out of storage and I can drop the motor back in. I may have to make a call to my auto mechanic to see how comfortable he would be working on a boat. Is the scan tool that is needed to set cam retard not Volvo specific tool, ie. a Rinda scanner?
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    VP 5.7 GXI-j Distributor Timing

    I think I can get things close enough to get the motor started but will end up having to take it to a dealer to fine tune the cam retard with a scan tool of some type. I was hoping to be able to avoid that.
  11. Chap243

    VP 5.7 GXI-j Distributor Timing

    Wing, What is the correct terminology for this dialing in procedure with the distributor base? What does this bidirectional scan tool look like and where could I get one?
  12. Chap243

    VP 5.7 GXI-j Distributor Timing

    Not sure exactly what cam angle is, may need to research that. I do know that I can rotate the distributor base a few degrees before contacting the intake manifold which would appear to change the relationship of the spark plug wire contact points to the rotor. I think this cap rotation adjustment is what I am talking about. Do I need a Rinda scan tool to achieve this?
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    VP 5.7 GXI-j Distributor Timing

    The donor engine, a 5.7, 320 hp is new. The ecm, from the old block and intake manifold and distributor is a 2008 Volvo GXI-j, 320 Hp, direct fuel injected.The distributor is the flat top/crab style. I believe it to be installed in the proper position, just questioning how timing is set, if at all.
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    VP 5.7 GXI-j Distributor Timing

    Need some help. I’m repowering my boat this year. I have purchased a new VP 5.7 GXI 320 hp long block and have successfully transferred all components from the old engine over to the new block, now for the distributor. I have dropped the distributor into the block in what I believe to be the proper position with the engine at #1 TDC. What if anything will I need to do to properly set the timing on this engine. I am reading conflicting information from no timing needed, as the ecm will adjust, to its not adjustable, to 10 degrees BTDC. Thoroughly confused.
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    Service Manual

    Look up boatinfo.com. It has online manuals for most engines and drives that you can print off for free.