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the right MSD ignition

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by RootBreaker, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. RootBreaker

    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Ok so I was looking in my summitracing magazine that just came in..
    I have always wanted to buy the MSD-6T and rev limiter...
    but i see a MSD-6AL as msd ignition and built in rev limiter... $236.. not too bad...
    by the way it is pg 73....

    well back under trucks pg... 370 they have
    MSD off Road ignition and MSD Offroad rev control...
    $254 + $113 = $367..... why so much more?
    am I missing something?

    is the 2 offroad ones better than the 6AL????
     
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    JEBSR 1/2 ton status

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    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    i just like the less look of no second box....

    just
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  4. JEBSR

    JEBSR 1/2 ton status

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    I have seen many people run the 6AL with no problems. I just wanted the added protection.
     
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    I would NOT run the offroad box again. They sound good but if you can't keep them cool they overheat and die. They are fully potted in epoxy which doesn't allow them to dissappate heat as well as the non-waterproof boxes. I had 1 MSD Offroad box die on me and thankfully they warrantied it. I only had it for about 1-1.5yrs

    I put an used MSD 6A box in my buddies 66 Chevy pickup and he has had it running strong for 5+ years.

    If I was going MSD again I would use the 6AL box with a splash guard to keep water away from it.

    Harley
     
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    JEBSR 1/2 ton status

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    I have had my offroad box in both of my trucks, it was bought in 93 or 94. I have had zero problems. Either I got a good one, or you got a bad one:dunno:
     
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    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    yeah id need a splash guard...
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    im right behind him.... BOY WAS THAT DEEP!!!!!
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    I can't speak from experience about the "off-road" 6T,but I really don't think you can beat the 6AL.Mine has been bulletproof.I don't see how the potting can be different on the 6T than the 6AL.Both solidly encase the internals and unless the 6T has some sort of absorbtion material inside the case that's not visible I can't see how it would absorb the shocks any better.I have rubber "feet" mounting my 6AL to the inner fender anyway.I think it's just a marketing ploy,personally.
     
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    see the links on my first reply. It tells exactly what the differances are in the offroad version and the 6T
     
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    You must have a good one. I got lucky & there was a guy here on CK5 that worked at MSD when mine went bad and helped me out with the warranty. He said that they have had some heat related failures with the Offroad boxes. It didn't help that my truck was a DD in Phoenix,AZ when I had the Offroad box in it.

    If you are in a cooler climate that might be a contributing factor. Mine was also mounted on my firewall which I am sure didn't help with the engine heat. When I mounted my buddies 6A box I mounted it on his inner fenderwell to keep it a little farther from the heat of the motor.

    I love MSD's products, just not the Offroad box. I got rid of the MSD box when I went to Fuel Injection. If I ever run a carb in anything again I will definitly be running an MSD 6AL box.

    Harley
     
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    I agree, you should get the 6A. I've had one on my truck for about six years now, with no problems. The only thing I would do different is I would have got the AL instead. If you are worried about getting it wet, put it in the cab up high.
     
  12. RootBreaker

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    looking like the 6AL it will be... well not for a few weeks though... got some stuff going on.. but gonna get one....
     
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    Rootbreaker

    Look into mounting inside the cab. That's the way I have alway done it with my drag cars in the past. I have thought about the two boxes as well. I have decided to just use the 6AL in the cab.
     
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    Rootbreaker

    How did you make your snorkel? plz pm with answer and how did u make ur avitar?
     
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    Me too, that's kinda fun eh? Kinda on the topic, but I didn't see a crossfire cap from MSD. Do they make one?

    Sorry for the pseudo-hijack:D
     
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    well the snorkel was made with $300 from 4x4connection.com... it is a landcruizer fj-80 snorkel.. then a bit of pvc... under the hood. I can go more in detail if the price didnt scare you...


    also the avatar.. guys over at ps.com got into it... for a few weeks solid they were making them... they are cool....you posted a pic of your truck and got on a list for them to make....
     
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    I have run the 6A for a few years with no problems. A year and a half ago, my truck was stolen and found at a boat ramp, submerged in a river. Still works after being under water!
     
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    Sorry, don't mean to hijack, but what exactly does the control box do? And will it work with HEI? I just upgraded to HEI about 6 months ago, best thing I ever did to my truck, and am wondering if there is anything to make it better. Is it like a spark amplifier? And do you recken I could run it with my Accel stuff? Sorry for all the questions, still kind of a newb. thanks :bow:
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I run the 6AL box, and I'm getting one of the "Offroad" boxes as part of a package deal on an engine I bought, so I guess I'll get to compare them soon....

    Anyway, I agree with the assessment to keep the box out of the engine compartment....there's plenty of room under the dash where it's cooler and less likely to ever get wet.

    Here's a photo of mine behind the dash (where webwheelers love to tell me it won't fit)...:D

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    Yeah it wont fit under my dash...... :crazy:

    in the glove box would work.. as I dont use it anyway...
     

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