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Old 02-04-2004, 07:37 PM   #1
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Default MSD coils - are they worth it?

Looks like I might have a few $$$ coming to me from the taxman. Is it a worthwhile investment to upgrade to MSD coils or are the stockers just as capable? I have 34k miles on my SSEi and I just love driving it.

Will they burn up my wires and plugs? I eventually intend to get a PCM and 3.4 pulley...

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No need at all. Cars that are running 10'* use them. If you got that kinda money look into PCM upgrades, rockers, exhaust, intake.
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Ive got them,didnt really notice too much but what i did notice is that when you pop your hood people love em,bottom line is do you need msd coils? no not really,but do you want msd coils,oh ya baby they just look so damn good
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Ive got them,didnt really notice too much but what i did notice is that when you pop your hood people love em,bottom line is do you need msd coils? no not really,but do you want msd coils,oh ya baby they just look so damn good
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How much voltage do the stock coils put out? I did some looking and found that the MSD coils put out 40,000 volts. I also found a Summit generic brand for $10 less per coil with the same output.

They would not help mileage or throttle response?

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Ive got them,didnt really notice too much but what i did notice is that when you pop your hood people love em,bottom line is do you need msd coils? no not really,but do you want msd coils,oh ya baby they just look so damn good
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How much voltage do the stock coils put out? I did some looking and found that the MSD coils put out 40,000 volts. I also found a Summit generic brand for $10 less per coil with the same output.

They would not help mileage or throttle response?

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The stockers are PLENTY hot. Like i've said, they're run on 10 second cars. If your ignition system fails, then spring for them, but they aren't even as reliable as stockers.
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How much voltage do the stock coils put out? I did some looking and found that the MSD coils put out 40,000 volts. I also found a Summit generic brand for $10 less per coil with the same output.

They would not help mileage or throttle response?

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The stockers are PLENTY hot. Like i've said, they're run on 10 second cars. If your ignition system fails, then spring for them, but they aren't even as reliable as stockers.
Yeah, what he said. We run stock coils on the GTP, and actually ordered MSD coils at one point in time, but after doing some research we canceled the order because we found that they will make very little or no difference at all. For the money you can find other mods that WILL provide a noticable improvement in power.

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You know, I didn't think these would make a difference, but loved the look. I put them on and noticed that the car starts noticably faster when you turn the key. Big deal? Well, yes, recently when it was below zero here for a few days, it made a big difference.

Stock units are good, and I would think coils are a wish list item for when you've done the more important mods. So far the biggest improvement I noticed came from my headers.

My advice to people just beginning to mod would be to do the exhaust first. You'll get good results, and even though you might blow your savings on it, you'll be happy with the changes. Start out smaller, like a thermo or a pully, and you might not really notice much improvement. Save that stuff for later.
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My advice to people just beginning to mod would be to do the exhaust first. You'll get good results, and even though you might blow your savings on it, you'll be happy with the changes. Start out smaller, like a thermo or a pully, and you might not really notice much improvement. Save that stuff for later.
Wow, I never thought I would ever hear someone say that. Personally, I would never recommend the exhaust first, but that is my personal preference because of my experience with the L67, but I never EVER EVER EVER thought I would hear someone suggest doing a large mod before such a simple high power gain mod like a pulley. The smaller pulley is THE biggest power per dollar mod you will EVER do to your L67 hands down, and you can challenge me all you want on that. (where else do you get 25hp & 50lb.ft from $66?) I haven't found a bigger hp per dollar mod and would be delighted to find one so if you think you know of one fill me in on it. I can understand recommending a pulley and then exhaust before things like a t-stat and intake and plugs and stuff, but I personally don't understand why someone would tell someone to forget the BEST MOD EVER (in my opinion of course) to do some exhaust work that may give them 20hp after they dump 10-20 times more money than a pulley into it.

Thats just my opinion. I respect your opinion and all, I just don't understand not doing a pulley first since the gains are so huge.

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