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Old 12-09-2015, 01:45 AM   #1
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Anybody running MSD Ignition Coils on their LS engine?

I know some are saying this is a waste of money while others claim small gains on the dyno... is there any sure evidence I can read up on showing whether these are worth having or not?
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Are the MSD coil packs any better than the factory LS1? Worth buying for L92 build? - LS1TECH

Ive been on tons of forums for 10 years and all ive ever heard is their reliability sucks, chevys, hondas, fords, all the same I didn't find a definite test, yes they might perform a little better, but often manufacturer oem wires and ignition are just as good and last much longer. Unless your are making an insane amout of power and dumping a BUNCH of fuel, OEM setups or OEM equivalents are usually more than adequate.

Now as far as carbuerated older motors i have no idea.
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I run OEM coils on my 2001 Bonneville SSEI. 237k miles, the SSEi has spent many winters in sub zero Fahrenheit temperatures and two summers in above 110 Fahrenheit degrees baking in the sun. No failures or issues with the OEM coils. I stand behind the course of auction as OEM is the way to stay with such a critical ignition/ firing component.
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My 99 T/A has a fully built (supercharged) LSx engine in it running at around 750 HP, and I run OEM coils. From my research the MSD coils were not reliable.
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I agree, we've had many members here have MSD coils fail prematurely.
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OK, so where can you buy coil wraps to dress up the OEM coils ?

I'd have to be some high temp wrap.
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Coil wraps? Never heard of them.
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Yeah, they kinda like a breakfast taco. Really good with hot sauce!

Nah, I was just thinking that it'* be cool to be able to put some sort of wrap something on the OEM coils to make them look better than just black.

I guess I could always pull them off and paint them with some high temp paint that is made for plastic.

Black coils are kinda drab, so maybe one of these companies that make the material they use to wrap cars can come up with a high temp wrap that could be used for parts under the hood.

That way, a fella could put that on the coils without even removing them. It'* all about convenience ya know since we have other important things to work on so we don't spend a lot of time making the ignition coils look nice.
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Have not seen any true high temp spray pain for plastic, but Krylon Fusion may work, I think it can handle enough heat, if you can find actual high temp pain made for plastic go for it, but regular plastic melts at 212F so the Fusion paint may melt, pretty sure the coil packs are cased in Nylon 6,6 which can handle up to 510F, then again it could just be polypropylene encased, that can handle up to 347F.
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PlastiKote has a spray paint that appears to be for headers, but their description specifically says "for any surface exposed to very high heat", so this may work.

The product description is at - Hi-Temp Paint:Specialty | PlastiKote Paint Products

Maybe if I scuffed up the coils it might give the paint a way to bond properly.
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