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best HEI dist. for the money

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by surpip, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. surpip

    surpip 1 ton status

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    my budddy has a 87 k5, he wants to upgrade to HEI
    so i want to know which is the best for the money?
    also to install it it is just 3 wires right, 12v+ gnd. and tach if you got it?
    i cant rember what i hooked up on mine.
    thanks
     
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    the 87 should already have a version of the H.E.I now. A small cap style with a seperate coil. It's computer controlled timing though. A regular H.E.I will not work.
     
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    should still be able to swap a HEI in right?
     
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    no. A regular HEI is NOT set up for the stock computer. The distributer in there now IS an HEI, just the later model with a seperate coil. It will drop in, but it won't run!! The EFI needs the signal from the stock distributer. The wiring is different. Rewiring would be a waste as the Seperate coil design IS better as the coil doesn't get as hot as with the "older" desighn HEI.
     
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    hummm ok, the reason he wants to change is that the hole in the dist. for the cap is stripped out, so i guess he just needs to go get one from a junk yard if he can find it.
     
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    You can buy a new one for about 150 bucks for stock,I think msd makes a drop in replacement too.
     

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