Can someone tell me the purpose of the intake throttle plates and can they be eliminated. Thanks
The secondary throttle plates cause a proportion (a large proportion at low throttle settings, and progressively less at high throttle settings) of the air/fuel mixture to be diverted along the length of the secondary intake manifold and back, to preheat the mixture in an attempt to reduce emissions. Full details are contained in Section Q of your Service Manual.
Removing them improves the responsiveness of the engine, and many of us have done so. How you do this depends on how much effort you want to put into it. Just disconnecting the secondary throttle shaft and jamming it into the wide open position provides much of the benefit for little effort. There are two threads in the archives that describe how to do this. Peter Crespin’s original dates back a few years, and a recent one describes a different method for cases where Peter’s method did not work for some reason. Search the archives for “Strangleberg” and you’ll probably find both. Here they are:
For me the biggest difference was the reduction in throttle pedal effort, by eliminating 2 throttle return springs. For that alone the strangleberg fix was worth the 10 minutes. I’m not convinced the response to full throttle is any different, but it feels better. Part throttle is probably improved, but who uses part throttle?
Thanks for the great information.
Here is a brief description that should clarify…