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    Default I Bought a '95 TBI 5.7L with "resistors" stubbed into the injector power leads...WTH?

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    As stated in the title, I bought my '95 Suburban with what looks to be resistors (fusible links?) wired into each injector. I'll try to get a photo posted as soon as possible, to show exactly what I am describing. In the meantime, has anyone ever heard of such a thing? If so, why? I've been stumped for a while now. The truck has a 'stumble' @ idle, under forward / reverse gear mode while at a stop...could these be reason for the 'stumble'? I've posted a picture in my 'Garage' area, under the 'Under the hood' category. Any ideas? Crazy I tell ya...
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    That's obviously not factory. Why it was put there, I have no idea. It looks like it might actually be a capacitor. Perhaps the previous owner put them there to lengthen the injector pulse as a power adder. Does it work? I dunno. Those injectors use a peak and hold strategy to operate.

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    Other than the 'stumble' I described, yeah...they work fine.

    Then again, could this be a cause for the 'stumble' I am experiencing?

    Thanks for your reply!

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    I was pretty confident I knew what you were talking about, and then I saw the picture and I went WTH??? GM does use "heat sinks" on a lot of there engine harnesses, but they look nothing like that. I would agree that it is something aftermarket.
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    If you can get a closer picture of one of those blue components, whatever they are, I can try to tell you more about why they may be there. I can't read the number in your existing picture.

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    They look like capacitors. Capacitors are used with relays to "capture" the back emf, turning the relay into a "slow release" relay. As @Crawdaddy suggested, perhaps to lengthen the pulse.

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    Thanks guys - I will try to get a better photo tomorrow. If the numbers that are printed on these "devices" aren't legible in the photos, I'll be sure to include them in the text of my next post.

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    Those are capacitors, I don't remember the name of the company, heck I don't even think their in business anymore either.
    Those are part of a performance kit that supposedly boosted performance and mileage, the idea was to pulse the output of the injectors, instead of a straight shot of fuel these capacitors would shoot, pause, shoot allowing time for first shot of fuel to vaporize before shooting the second shot in. I Don't think the idea caught on or really did very much for performance.
    The kit also had a piggyback chip that plugged in on the ECM, they could run without the ECM chip though, not sure what it's purpose was.
    Those capacitors came in two or three modes, I know one mode was a two shot pulse, another mode was a three shot pulse, and i believe the third mode was an extra long pulse that kept the injector open longer than the factory time frame.

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    Thanks, Tim! I haven't checked to see if there is any kind of chip installed in the vehicle; would I be able to tell anyway? None the less, with the timing reset to factory spec's, I've noticed my mileage go up, but also a drop in off-the-line power. I recently had the distributor assembly replaced at a buddy's shop - unbeknownst to me, the dizzy was let loose, so upon a recent troubleshooting check of the cap and rotor, I unknowingly advanced the timing. I loved the acceleration, but my gas mileage, as you can imagine, dropped.

    All things stated here, might this TBI mod be reason for the 'stumble' I'm experiencing? Am I safe to assume a guy could remove these "capacitors" and re-wire the injectors just as easy as it looks?

    Again, thank you all for your is most appreciated!

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