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Sure it will , setting a dizzy takes following every step in the FSM
changed, that mean new dizzy?
if not, match marking parts, puts the back right every time.
but not a new dizzy that takes a new timing, setup.
look in olden days, even carbs.
setting the static, timing.
read the FSM.
here it is for free

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