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Old 01-14-2013, 12:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What is the issue with using the MSD coil pack?

I keep hearing its not good to go with the option of MSD coil pack but to use the stock one instead? I thought and aftermarket company like MSD would be alot better?... also what about the MSD spark plug wires? those ko?
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Whats the point in using the msd coil? There is no power gain to be had and the stock coil works great. Instead of spending the money on the msd, spend a few bucks and buy or make a heat shield for the stock coil
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might be a stupid question.. but what will that do? run better.. more spark maybe? OR DOES IT JUST REDUCE HEAT OFF THE COIL PACK
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might be a stupid question.. but what will that do? run better.. more spark maybe? OR DOES IT JUST REDUCE HEAT OFF THE COIL PACK

The coil is exposed to a significant amount of radiant heat being so close to the turbofold. The shield will reduce this and potentially extend the life of your coil as well as help it to perform as best as it could versus no shield and added heat.
The msd isn't going to be an upgrade of any sort versus the stock coil, but it may sound cool to tell your friends or intimidate some when you pop your hood but useless and probably a downgrade in my opinion
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^^2x On the Coil shield.I even run washers for lil extra cooling room
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Also wondering the same. People replacing a broken stock pack or upgrading always say any other coil pack is fine, except the MSD coil.

Everyone always says stay away from the MSD. But why?
I'm using the stocker but also have a brand new MSD coil that I'm not using due to being told stock is better.


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Nothing is wrong with it. I have ran mine for over 20k plus miles with no issue but I also have a heat shield on the turbo and a coil heat shield since im big turbo.
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Also, where's a good place to get a heat shield? Any shields work better or are more popular than others?


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Same question^^^ but also How can I make my own?? what kind of material is the heat shield made out of?
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People say stay away, because there have been a lot of MSD coil failures over the years. The MSD, for some reason, falls prey to the radiant turbo heat and ends up failing. Stock packs work great. Heatshield is always always a good idea to protect the pack and the wires from the heat.
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stock coil has been in the 9's btw.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Padilla View Post
Same question^^^ but also How can I make my own?? what kind of material is the heat shield made out of?

I bought a car that didn't have upper or lower heat shield but came with a broken one in the trunk.
It's made from some fairly thick aluminum.
For the time being at least I traced it onto some thin metal I found in my attic and made my own.
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Had my MSD coil pack go bad on me even with the heat shield. Car kept dying on me in the middle of the street while I was driving home one night.
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I literally typed in msd coil pack problems srt4 into google and found about 20-30 threads about this...
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Quote: Originally Posted by Johnmalicki View Post
Also, where's a good place to get a heat shield? Any shields work better or are more popular than others?



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