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Old 05-16-2006, 09:51 AM   #1
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I have been looking into getting msd coils and wires for my car. I believe that the part number I am looking for as far as coils go is a 8224 and I need 3 correct? Also is there a wire set made specificly for this car? I just seen one on ebay for a 3.8 grand prix but it doesn't say the year, are the wires the same for series one and two, supercharged and NA? Also if I am going to do all this ignition changing, what can i exspect to gain? Any tips on plugs?

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Please tell us what you are trying to gain by changing coils, wires and plugs.

Wires and plugs..I understand as normal maintenance, why the coils though.
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Well i was told that msd coils make the care run better and more efficiently..........
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The MSD coils produce a hotter spark than stock Coils. If your 1992 has the stock Magnavox ignition system, you will need to upgrade to a different ICM say from a 1993 Bonneville/Park Avenue. Magnavox ignition systems look very different from the 3 coil set up you see on most Bonnevilles (with the numbers printed on the coil pack itself)
I upgraded to MSD on my SSEi, very small difference, however, I need a much hotter spark under load and 11-12 lbs of boost.
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The MSD coils produce a hotter spark than stock Coils. If your 1992 has the stock Magnavox ignition system, you will need to upgrade to a different ICM say from a 1993 Bonneville/Park Avenue. Magnavox ignition systems look very different from the 3 coil set up you see on most Bonnevilles (with the numbers printed on the coil pack itself)
I upgraded to MSD on my SSEi, very small difference, however, I need a much hotter spark under load and 11-12 lbs of boost.
First, what an ICM? Second, is this worth it? If so what do I need (start to finish) to get this installed and on the road?
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ICM = Ignition Control Module.

If your coils look like this, then you are on the Type 2 ignition and wouldn't need an ICM.
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Here'* a picture of an ICM. It is located directly below the coils and their bolts hold them to it and it to the mounting plate below.
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Here'* the whole setup to swap from Magnavox to Type 2.
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Thanks Bill, I will look tonight when I get home, in any event will I notice a difference in performance? Is this worth it? I am sure that it is a better system than stock in any case.
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If you have the system not pictured and swap to the pictured setup, yes you can notice a smoother idle and maybe a slightly snappier response.

Will you see a difference swapping up to MSD versus the coils pictured above...I doubt you'd feel any change. The difference of throwing a slightly more powerful spark in your application will be minimal at best.
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Thanks for the info. Bill....
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