I have a 1998 Toyota Corolla complete with a 1.3 4E-FE engine. As far as I can tell this is the 2nd generation 4E-FE engine with a distributorless set up. I'm in the process of modifying the car as well as attending to various mechanical issues that need some attention.
One area I wanted to at least play about with is advancing the timing on this engine. From what I can gather people have had great success with advancing the timing with this engine when it's been in a Toyota Starlet, and while it's not going to uproot any trees advancing the timing does make the engine a little bit more responsive and gives it a bit more power.
The problem though is that when people are talking about advancing the timing on these engines, they refer to the distributor cap. With my engine I don't have a distributor cap, so I can't use the aforementioned method.
The question I have is how else can I tinker with the timing of this engine with that particular set up, or is this something that's not possible without heavy modifications to the ECU?