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plug wires...preferances?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by broncoman6524, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. broncoman6524

    broncoman6524 1/2 ton status

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    this has prob been covered 100xs but is there necessarily a "better" plug wire? i bought a set of accel 8.8s wheni put my new motor in about 5000mi ago...and when i put headers on i forgot to rearrange tehm and its burned 2 of the wires.

    any preferance? ive heard that ac-delcos are the best...but idk

    if it matters its a sbc with msd
     
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    I like Taylor spiro pro wires. Work good for me. I run them on my hot rod and my k5 They take a lot of heat and Hold up to headers well.
     
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    i've run msd wires fore some time now, always had good experience with them
     
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    MSD all the way, never had a failure with them yet. The 1200* boots are nice too if you have headers and the wires are close to the pipes.
     
  5. mrk5

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    I second the Taylor Spiros. I had one fall against some ceramic coated headers and didn't get burned up even though the wire sat on the headers for a good amount of time.
     
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    X3, put the heat sleeves on them and they will likely outlast the vehicle they are on.
     
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    There are certainly differences in plug wires. Whether you "need" 8.8 wires or not, the materials used to construct the sleeves and boots can vary quite a bit between manufacturers.

    I've seen the boots turn to mush in a stock application (parts store cheapies) while my accels (which don't seem to get good reviews from most) have held up for a couple of years now with header, no problem.

    Reason I went with Accel is because they (at the time) seemed to be the only company that made build your own plug wires in subdued colors.
     
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    I got a set of summit wires on e-bay for cheap, I think they are 8.5mm and seem pretty nice, and work better them my old bosch 8mm wires
     
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    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I have the summit blue build yourself to length wires. I also got those clamp down retainers and made them just perfect so they are nice and out of the way.
     
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    I love my MDS stuff!
     
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    1977k5 3/4 ton status Vendor

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    I have MSD wires and they have contacted the headers many times with no damage. That is my recommendation.

    The MSD and Taylor wires are pretty much top of the line.
     
  13. ryoken

    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Yup, Msd, then Taylors... For stockish stuff, AC Delco.. I'm not a fan of Accel's offerings...
     
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    76zimmer Flyin Rat Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I know your not Paul, but my Accel 300+ have performed very well for the last 3 years on my toy. Two of them are really close to the headers, and are holding up great. I originally went the Accel route because I'd seen people in the Drag world having problems with boxes from MSD. I also liked the dial in rev limiter of the Accel box. Although once you figure out where you want it, a plug in like MSD has would be just as good. I've pretty much left it a 6800 and called it good.
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Ah, ok, thats a vote for Accel finally getting there chit back together in recent years.. 5 to 10 yrs ago they where, bleh...

    They're gonna have to prove it to me, they mostly certainly where a company living off their name for awhile, much like Champion plugs, which still suck, and Hooker headers, tho they've got their ch*t together for awhile now...
     
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    The Summit wires look just like the Taylors,they even have the same description on the Summit site.I hope there close to the same,I just bought a set LOL
     
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    are these the spiro wire yall are talking about? they seem kinda cheep...
    http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=TAY%2D74202&N=700+4294908216+4294908395+4294840140+4294925143+4294839064+4294889567+4294889107+400235+4294849658+115&autoview=sku
    on summit's site. it says assembled/unassembled. if i pick ones that are for a sbc...ar ethey already precut to the correct lenghts for a sbc? or...are they all one length?

    these are kinda noobish questions but about what diameter would be best for my motor? sbc30 gm crate 290hp. hei, msd box.
     
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    At work we were building a spark ignited diesel fueled 2 stroke for a military application. Weird, huh? Well, it runs! However we kept running into ignition electrical noise screwing with the injection and spark electronics (Motec + M&W). Had an RFI/EFI specialist consultant Electronics Engineer come out & consult on it. We were doing everything the way it should be. He didn't find anything that made him question it.

    So we tried MSD wires (in place of the garden variety Taylors) as I've always had good experiences with them. They let me down. They sparked just fine, but we still had a noise issue. Then we tried some Magnecor wires. They ended that problem. Since then I recommend them for the difficult situations. Top shelf components.
     
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    8 MM is fine for your motor. The sets come pre cut and fit no problem.....
    But if they seem cheap to you just go ahead and spend 80+ bucks for a set of MSD. They are good wires too.
     
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    i didnt mean cheap like bad quality i was just expecitn like 60+ i did look on ebay first though...theyre like 30.

    ill prob get a set from summit, ive got more stuff i need to order from there anyways.
     

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