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best Aftermarket HEI dist?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Redfrog, May 9, 2002.

  1. Redfrog

    Redfrog 1/2 ton status

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    I need some opinions in the best aftermarket HEI dist
    It will be for a mild 350 that mainly is a daily driver.
    Or would I be better off sticking with a factory unit?
    So lets hear some opinions /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
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    Z3PR Banned

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    I plan on getting the MSD HEI dist.
     
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    Redfrog 1/2 ton status

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    Thats what I am thinking but just want some opinions before I do. I am also thinking about the offroad box...
     
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    Alot of people are running them, and most say it's better then stock. I'll have to see for myself here in the near future.
     
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    a lot of my customers and fellow off roaders swear by them msd and jacobs also offers a similer box me i just run stock but then again im cheep :-) and i get about the same power and milage as they do
     
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    I think a stock hei runs pretty good, but if you want to go aftermarket I would go MSD. I have seen Accel HEI's and I don't think they are much better than stock, but MSD turns out a nice unit.
    eric
     
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    I would have to say MSD. I have MSD products on my truck, and like them alot. I like there quality, and customer service. I don't have an MSD distributor yet, but every other part of my ignition system is MSD. Box, coil, wires.

    My buddies brother put an MSD billet distributor (non HEI) into his 63 Impala SS with HIPO SBC (400HP+/-), and he said it really helped out the motor alot. The distributor also looked to be very high quality, and by all his accounts worked great. So I'm sold on MSD and when I get a new distibutor it will be MSD.
     
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    I've had good luck with both the MSD Pro-billet with their 8.5 wires and with Performance Distributors' D.U.I. (Davis Unified Igniton) HEI with their LiveWires. Both good products that give noticable improvements over stock. And I have to agree on the MSD boxes (6AL, 6AL Off Road, etc.). They are good stuff that (in my experience) give good results.
     
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    I agree, MSD makes good stuff. I have been running a Summit HEI and an MSD 6AL on my 388 stoker for about 3 years now without any problems. The MSD box makes a big difference, besides when you use one you can eliminate the failure prone module.
     
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    I run a Summit HEI and have been very pleased with it as well. I could recommend it.
     
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    Same here. My original HEI was starting to miss at high RPMs. I replaced the whole thing with a new Summit unit and no problems since.
     
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    no one has mentioned the Crane Fireball series of inginition stuff... any opinions?

    J
     
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    DUI is unbelievable!!!!!!!
     
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    Not impressed with the Crane, personally. However, I run screaming from everything with the Crane name...nothing but problems (for myself) from tech questions to warranty. Had a buddy that used the Fireball and it was a nightmare from installation to removal. Just my 2 pennies' worth.
     
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    I would NOT recommend the Accel 'blueprint" HEI. I had one for 6 months and the bearing went out which gave a lot of play in the shaft, which in-turn hit the rotor to the cap.. resulted in a huge BACKFIRE and bent a valve...! I bought a MSD HEI billet and No PROBS.... Quality stuff!..
     
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    sounds like it's going to be a Msd or DUI any more input?
     
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    What's this I keep hearing about an offroad box? Are they an add-on or what?Thanks
     
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    I'm running a Mallory Unilight, mainly because of "clearence" issues. It functions very very well, just make sure to put in the balost resistor.....or when/if your coil dumps on you, it will smoke the moduel in the distrubutor. I had that happen to me on Fairview peek, 3+ foot of snow, talk about a chilly night and a next day recovery, thank goodness a buddy of mine had the same distrubutor, It took a few days to get a new one from summit.

    Brian
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    In my opinion DUI ( Davis Unified Ignition ) Is the best afterarket dist around for the money. Their basic street/strip unit is a lot cheaper than the MSD.
    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.performancedistributors.com>performancedistributors.com</a>
     

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