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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-02-2001, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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M.S.D. ? about pick-up in dis.

at this moment my pick-up in the dis. is not working. will a M.S.D. ignition still use the pick-up in the factory dis? is the an aftermaket dis. that is better than the stock one. i want to know do i still need the pick-up in the dis. with a M.S.D.?

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You need some sort of pickup with the MSD systems. Either the stock trigger or a crank trigger. Crank triggers are generally used in high performance situations and would probably be over-kill for the Samurai.

Checked on carparts.com, they have the module for $253 dollars. Are you sure this is what your problem is? Would probably be cheaper to find a used unit in the junk-yard.

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I put an MSD 6A in my zook and learned a few things. The MSD will accept a variety of input signals, including a low level pulse from a magnetic pick up. If your distributor is not sending a good signal, I think the likelihood is that your igniter has a problem, because I don't think much can go wrong with the magnetic pick up except for physical damage. Anyhow, I confirmed by experimenting with a spare distributor from which I had removed the igniter, that the MSD box will fire on just the signal from the magnetic pick up. You can download complete installation instructions in Adobe format from the MSD website, and you will probably learn a lot like I did.

I decided not to use the modified distributor and used the "other" (higher level)input on the MSD box. My reasoning was that if the box should ever burn out, I wanted to be able to revert to the stock system without removing and replacing the distributor. I went to my favorite junkyard and picked up the connectors I needed to put the MSD components in the system without cutting any Samurai wires. I also had to use an MSD "fuel injection adapter" which the seller gave me, but which I had no idea how to use. One phone call to the MSD help desk cleared it all up (except I still don't know exactly what it does other than make my car run great). So, what I have now, is the MSD box and fuel injection adapter (I don't have fuel injection), hooked up with stock Sammy connectors, triggered by a stock Sammy distributor. If I have a problem with the box, I just unplug two connectors and reconnect the stock pair. I also carry a set of plugs gapped to stock specs because with the MSD, you will run a much wider gap.

MSD does make distributors, but I don't know of one for the Samurai - it would be very expensive anyway. Good Luck.

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Re: M.S.D. ? about pick-up in dis.

it depends on what your running im running a msd6 on stock dist. and you have to have the pickup in the distrubuter.dont now about others though

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