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Old 01-19-2000, 10:10 AM
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I was curious if the boost is adjustable on a 1987 300sdl. I have read many posts about adjusting the ALDA and then the boost on the earlier 5-cyl diesls with good results and wonder if the 6-cyl would respond similarly. I looked at the instructions for the 5-cyl adjustment and the 6-cyl is a bit different. For one there does not appear to be an adjustment screw for the wastegate under the spring, it appears to just have a spring(mine had a yellow strip on it, maybe there are differnt tensions for differnt pressures). Im assuming that the values stated for the 5-cyl regarding max spec boost(0.9-1 bar under full load at 4000rpm, with overboost curcuit kicking in at 1.1 bar) apply to the 6-cyl as well. Also I take it that the ALDA unit is adjustable like in the 5-cyl as well. I will test boost as soon as I get my hands on a gauge. The car isnt too fast on the highway, almost 240d accelaration with pedal floored, but around town its not too bad, seems to have good pull from ~2500 to ~3100 then not much power, and this only in the first 2 gears. Timing chain was changed 20k ago and pump timing was checked, and all filters and fluids were changed, with car having ~230k now. No smoke upon "flooring" leads me to believe the car is running a bit lean and/or turbo is going. Im assuming its the lean situation since the turbo spools up fine and pulls well for a little bit. The trap oxidizer was replaced with the straight pipe fix at ~150 along with the turbo. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
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