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MSD Ignition

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by dysphemism, Dec 6, 2001.

  1. dysphemism

    dysphemism 1/2 ton status

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    I want to get an MSD ignition and asked around. From what I've heard they go bad after a year or two and become total hassles to deal with. Is this true? I am leaning towards not getting one now but it's a shame considering how much power they produce. Does anyone have one, and if so have you experienced any problems?

    Beefing up my truck broken part by broken part.
    1986 GMC Jimmy 9" lift, 38" swampers, and a sarcastic liscense plate holder.
     
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    My buddy has had one on his truck for about two years and has no problem yet, I have never heard of anyone having a problem with them
     
  3. Hossbaby50

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    I have had my MSD ignition box in for about a year and have had no problems. My MSD coil has been in for 2 years and has had no problem. I have never heard of MSD products having problems. I love mine, and wouldn't trade it for anything. It is one of the best mods I have done to my truck yet. It's GREAT!

    My Chevy isn't broken, its just out of gas.
     
  4. shawnboy

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    I've run the same MSD coil,module and cap(s) for 3 years and no problems here. I've heard of problems with ACCEL products before on this forum but everyone who has MSD seems happy with it.
    Shawnboy.

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  5. dysphemism

    dysphemism 1/2 ton status

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    Okay cool I think I'll go ahead and pick one up. I've heard they make some massive power gains so I'm glad that they are also reliable. Nice

    Beefing up my truck broken part by broken part.
    1986 GMC Jimmy 9" lift, 38" swampers, and a sarcastic liscense plate holder.
     
  6. 502Burban

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    Don't know where you heard that from, but I have one on an old beater '73 C20 454 pickup that has been there for over 10 years. Have also run them on 3 other vehicles with combined life of over 15 years. Never had one failure.[​IMG]

    Robb
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  7. Burt4x4

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    I have been running my 350 with MSD 8360 distributer,Blaster2 coil and 6A. The dist. and coil were put on back in 95 I added the 6A box about a year or so ago.
    I have had 0,none,nadda,nooothing at all what soever go wrong with my MSD stuff!! LOVE it and will be an MSD customer for life!

    72K5[​IMG]Led Zeppelin[​IMG]Rock ON![​IMG]
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  8. DesertDueler

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    I have had no problems with them. The 6al in my firebird has been in there for 3 years of dragracing and street driving. It was in another vehicle for a year before that.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&33"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    Glad to hear you all like your stuff. Just remember if for some reason you ever do have problems with any of it just let me know and I'll be glad to help out my fellow CK5ers.

    Philip
    MSD Tech
     
  10. HarryH3

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    Don't know where you're hearing about the "massive power gains", but dyno tests don't prove this theory unless you're building a drag motor that will crank 8,000 RPM. Dorian (dyeager) has a link to an article from one of the recent 4WD mags where they tested several different aftermarket ignitions. The dyno results showed that the difference between them was around 3 HP. Stock HEI ignitions work just fine up until 5,000-5,500 RPM. It's only above that point that you start to see the high performance ignitions really shine.

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  11. Hossbaby50

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    The dyno numbers don't show much power gain, but the driveability gains where enormous for me.

    My Chevy isn't broken, its just out of gas.
     
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    Why insist on counting when the ring gear has the tooth counts stamped in?
     
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    Never had a problem with mine, but if you dont have HEI get that first. then decide if you need MSD.
    if you can MOUNT IT INSIDE YOUR CAB. i can not stress that enough. behind the glove box is the best place. dont waste your cash on the offroad model. just get the 6AL. or the digital if you have the bills.
    Grant

    1974 Chevy Blazer Cheyanne. but it is on 33's now, with saggy old springs. i am in Yuma Arizona if ya got any parts for me.
     
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    i have a 6al. i have had it for 4 years. I loaned it to a friend while my truck is under reconstruction. it stopped working when he had it.I sent it back to msd(autotronics) and they fixed it. sent it back 33.00 c.o.d. and took 7 weeks from when I shipped it to them. Lookin foward to putting it back on truck! If you are lookin for a new one, they make just for 4x4's. they handle the bouncing better.

    your right. I don't understand the jeep thing!
     
  15. HarryH3

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    SEVEN WEEKS?!?!?!? Yikes!!!

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