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Remote TFI Conversion using '92+ Distributor (4.9)
As most of us know, the factory went to a remote TFI configuration on the 4.9 starting in '92, and obviously that required a somewhat different distributor and harness. I know that electrically both setups work the same, so it's just a matter of getting things wired correctly.
There are lots of "generic" remote TFI conversion instructions out there, but all the ones I've seen are written towards converting a "regular" TFI-attached distributor to a remote setup. We have the advantage of being able to use a factory distributor and harness designed for a remote TFI, so that's what I would like to use - should be a cleaner and easier install.
Is there a write-up out there on doing this? So far I've come up empty.
Should be plug and play. If you have the harness, heatsink, TFI, and Dizzy, install it as a normal, remote TFI. You aren't really 'converting' anything over so much as changing it over. The new Dizzy and Harness should have everything you need to pop it right together (depending on what you have for remote harness); the only thing that changed was having 3 wires going from the PIP to the TFI and that's it (IIRC). Was there anything specific you were concerned with? And Good Luck!
Also, its really the same as the other conversions you read about, but you get to use the stock dizzy connector instead of inventing a way to connect the PIP, and a stock harness, heatsink, and TFI on the other end.
Should be plug and play. If you have the harness, heatsink, TFI, and Dizzy, install it as a normal, remote TFI.
I don't want to replace the whole engine harness and IIRC the ignition sub-harness connection changed when the remote TFI went into production. So in short, I think it's not plug-n-play for that way I want to do it.
I think what I'll need to do is make a hybrid ignition sub-harness by piecing together portions of both. Just need to figure out the best way to do that.
Took a closer look at this just now and indeed the harnesses are way different between my '91 and the '93. Where the '91 has several quick connectors mounted to the driver's side splash shield, the '93 harness has one big 42-pin square connector.
It would seem that the best bet is going to be clipping out the quick connector and attached wiring that attaches to the '93 distributor and figuring out how to best patch that into my existing harness.
Upon further review, I'm now realizing that it will be easier to continue using the original distributor and make the modifications to use the remote TFI than it will be to modify the harness to use the '92+ distributor. I'd end up needing to make at least three additional cuts into the harness and run wires back and forth to use the later distributor. While that might gain me having a nice clean quick-connector coming out of the distributor, it would be at the expense of adding a bunch of wiring clutter and butt-splices elsewhere.
I guess now I'm realizing why nobody else has done this - it can be done, but the only way it makes practical sense is if you're replacing the entire harness (which is a pretty big project, cause you really need to replace EVERYTHING).
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