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Old 08-27-2005, 01:50 PM
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Default Can I run a Knock sensor on my D16Z6 to check for Knock while tuning????

I know the automatic Z6's come with knocksensors in the block already, but the manual's don't. so i was wondering now that I'm boosted with my manual Z6, can i use an auto's knock sensor in the block to check for detonation while tuning the timing? Along with this though, since it's a 5spd with a 5spd ecu that has no knock sensor in it, could i just some how wire the knock sensor to a small light bulb(ie,headlight or LED bulb) and have my tuning partner watch for knock I know it may sound ghetto but, i was thinking it would be a good way to check for un-noticable yet harmful knock anyone with any wiring skills or past experience with this sort of idea would be extremely helpful, thanks alot bro's
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Old 08-28-2005, 11:28 AM
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the only auto z6 i've seen has no knock sensor; d's never got knock sensors until the obd2 generation.


and no you can't just wire up some light; a knock sensor is a microphone and you need a DSP to determine what noise is knock and what is not.
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oh, i got ya. that sucks, guess i'll have to figure something else out
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y8's have knocks
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Originally Posted by shanerv
oh, i got ya. that sucks, guess i'll have to figure something else out
Don't VAFC/SAFCs have some type of knock sensor feature? i'm wondering you took one and hooked it up directly if it would work.
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oh, i got ya. that sucks, guess i'll have to figure something else out
Don't VAFC/SAFCs have some type of knock sensor feature? i'm wondering you took one and hooked it up directly if it would work.
the safc 2 has it; i tuned a safc2 on a 1g dsm with a 2g mas and 560cc injectors; never had a chance to make it knock so i can't tell you how well that works.
i was thinking about that too; using an safc2 to detect knock. would be interesting to look into it.


However I run a J&S Safeguard; it does its thing; a very handy little piece of technology. Go buy one of those if you're worried about knock
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Arn't those expensive?
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they work. we had the safc2 on my bros car before he gave it to me for free. the knock function is pretty good. but thats it. its too sensitive i think and picks up far too much noise. the best bet is to run it a lil rich just incase, cus tining for knock, will be walking a fine line imho.
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they work. we had the safc2 on my bros car before he gave it to me for free. the knock function is pretty good. but thats it. its too sensitive i think and picks up far too much noise. the best bet is to run it a lil rich just incase, cus tining for knock, will be walking a fine line imho.
I've heard of people using some type of adapter to run a GM sensor, which is supposidly a lot less touchy.
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