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Updating ignition?

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:45 am
by simmit
As plug leads and coil seem like originals and are now best part of 30 years old I'm considering fitting new (then holding the old items as emergency spares) and whilst about it hopefully improving the ignition with better components. So:-
(1). Is it worth buying best quality leads (8mm Magnecor cost about £90, similar(?) Burton leads £50)?
(2). Coil? There are so many types and makes on offer I'm bamboozled! Firstly, which type of coil do we have for the 2.9i Is it 9V or 12V and is a ballast resistor required? Which particular type is it ( 'Constant energy", "ballasted or non-ballasted", whatever, etc., etc.). Also, Is high energy coil worthwhile (MSD Blaster £65, NGK £25)?
Comments welcomed.

Updating ignition?

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:39 am
by peter freeman
Magnecor are worth the extra money IMO - I've got them on two cars. As for the coil best to look for a Scorpio/Granada 2.9i coil and buy the best one - no ballast resistor fitted to the MB's

Updating ignition?

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:08 pm
by AllingtonGT
These people have always been extremely helpful for leads in different qualities and colours:
http://www.fla-manufacturing.com/products/index

(There used to be a different website for Performance Leads but it just directs to the Fast Lane site now.)

Updating ignition?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:14 pm
by simmit
peter freeman wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:39 am
no ballast resistor fitted to the MB's
"No ballast resistor". Does that mean it's a 12V coil not 9V or is it t'other way round?

Updating ignition?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:36 pm
by peter freeman
12 volt

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Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:59 pm
by halfpenny
Magnecor seconded

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Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:45 am
by willholderogri
just been looking at the magnecor leads they are not cheap are they ?

Updating ignition?

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:35 am
by peter freeman
willholderogri wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:45 am
just been looking at the magnecor leads they are not cheap are they ?
You get what you pay for - as the saying goes.

Updating ignition?

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:53 am
by AJL Electronics
Just a small caveat... Magnecor leads are very nice, until there is a waranty claim. Their attitude is that the leads are either perfect or have been abused and do not like having to replace leads with loose connectors under warranty.