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Old 01-26-2012, 11:57 PM
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Opinions on the MSD-6AL ignition

I'm getting ready to install the MSD-6AL ignition controller, along with an MSD Blaster coil, performance rotor and distributor cap, topping it off with a new set of NGK wires.

I used to run an MSD SCI-L on my '00 Civic with a similiar ignition setup and had great results, but this is my first experience with the 6AL, as well as the first time doing an ignition upgrade on a Prelude. I do know that the stock Lude ignition does its job well but I'm just curious if any of you guys run MSD ignitions on your rides and in particular the 6AL. Any info or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

If possible, please don't say something like "MSD sucks" or "Keep the stock ignition it's fine." I'd just like to debate the merits/benefits/drawbacks of the MSD system in an intelligent manner so we can all learn and share our experiences in a constructive way. I learn a lot from you guys here at PZ and respect your opinions and experience, so hopefully we can have a good discussion.
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Re: Opinions on the MSD-6AL ignition

I had a msd 6al on my old ride. It wasa 95 Nissan hardbody truck that i turned into a sport truck. I think the biggest difference was the smoothing of the torque curve where before it was kinda bumpy.
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Re: Opinions on the MSD-6AL ignition

I had one on my old highly modified cleveland V8 along with a pro billet dizzy. It helped smooth out the lumpy idle a bit but apart from that there was no noticeable benefit.

I hit the 'soft touch' rev limiter once just to see what would happen and it felt like somebody had slammed the brakes on hard at WOT, I never did that again. After 1800 miles it stopped working completely so I had to by-pass it and run just the dizzy, there was no real difference except that the brutal rev limiter wasn't there anymore.

In my opinion, "Keep the stock ignition it's fine." Your money could be better spent on other things.
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Re: Opinions on the MSD-6AL ignition

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I had one on my old highly modified cleveland V8 along with a pro billet dizzy. It helped smooth out the lumpy idle a bit but apart from that there was no noticeable benefit.

I hit the 'soft touch' rev limiter once just to see what would happen and it felt like somebody had slammed the brakes on hard at WOT, I never did that again. After 1800 miles it stopped working completely so I had to by-pass it and run just the dizzy, there was no real difference except that the brutal rev limiter wasn't there anymore.

In my opinion, "Keep the stock ignition it's fine." Your money could be better spent on other things.
My goal with this addition is exactly that... to smooth out the torque curve and idle profile. I had it sitting around in the garage so I figured might as well use it, ya know! lol I think to maximize the benefit, as with any ignition system, it has to be complimented with a decent coil, dizzy, wires, and plugs. If any one piece is substandard, the whole thing is a waste.
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Re: Opinions on the MSD-6AL ignition

Started my install... the cap, coil, rotor, and new wire set should be here sometime this week. In the meantime I finished up mounting the ignition module and grounding the bracket. I used rubber shock mounts to limit vibration.

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Re: Opinions on the MSD-6AL ignition

why an msd if u have stock air filter box and header need to let the air flow
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Re: Opinions on the MSD-6AL ignition

yeah didnt think about that i just pulled everything out and ran the air filter out the front of the bumper
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Re: Opinions on the MSD-6AL ignition

Im running a type s intake on this h22a... pulled the resonator... port job on the intake mani.. will be running cams and spray so the ignition upgrade is just butter. Or maybe it just sucks. Whatever its my money right? Lol
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