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Old 05-01-2010, 05:38 PM
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just woundering if everyones 318 is the same..by that i mean very little power.my truck has trouble spining its tires on a gravel road and absolutly no chance of spining them on pavement.its stock and only running 31's so no big changes since new.its also an 88 by the way
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:39 PM
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the fact that you have 31's on your truck is probably the reason you can't spin your tires and it seems so gutless.
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:33 PM
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3.92 gears and 32" tires have no trouble spinning for me. My engine is stock. Intake and exhaust can't be giving me more than a handful of hp/tq over stock. And mine is an 89. Its not a speed demon, but grunt is something it does have.
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Old 05-02-2010, 08:09 AM
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spin the tires... whats that?
i've never tried with mine but i guess if i dumped the clutch she'd roast em!
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Old 05-02-2010, 08:16 AM
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My truck will fry on dry pavement with a 318 and 31" mud terrains. Ive only spun it intentionaly, once tho. As for gravel, it spins easy. Maybe yours just needs a tuneup.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:04 AM
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I would check the timing. Mine was so far off that it did what you describe. Now that the timing is in check, it has already spun unintentionally a few times on gravel and haven't tried on pavement and I don't plan on it. I also have 31's and I'd like to keep as much life in them as possible. The SRT-4 is my fun toy.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:05 AM
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318 with Edelbrock TM5 intake and 1406 carb
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Stock y-pipe to Flowmaster with dumps
31x10.5x16.5 tires

Not only can I not spin tires even in the rain... the truck is scary to try to pull into traffic with. I know the intake I have doesn't help. This is why I have a cammed 318 ready to drop in with some nice longtube headers!
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:28 AM
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i have 235 75 r15 which are a tiny bit bigger than stock and 3.55 gears and i can spin my tires on dry payvment if i want.
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Mine runs pretty good. It's no big block, though. My only fear about pulling out in front of traffic is frying the one rear tire that spins. And I run the a/c 90% of the time, which takes a couple horses out of it too. My dad has some old LA heads off a '69 318 along with intake, manifolds, etc. that I make look into doctoring up a little and getting rid of tbi. But for now, it's 100% stock and runs too good to want to mess with.
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TBI is probably much better. Us carb'ed 318's are SOL haha
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