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Old August 8th, 2006, 07:12 PM   #1
 
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Question Ignition coil gone bad, jumping tach!

My accord finally decided it would join the crowd. I have searched through the history of the "jumping tach needle" on the RPM guage. I think I am just confusing myself. I have little knowledge of the engine bay. What I gathered from my search was the Ignition Coil is the culprit. I also learned it is under the distributor cap. Seems like MSD Blaster Coil 2's are the ones to replace them with. I found a post on what colored wiring needs to go where. Lastly, I found out I really would like to give this a try to make my tach not jump, plus the added bonuses!

My questions are... Is this something I could get away with (DIY) knowing very little about my car's engine? Is it difficult to get to, I don't have a ton of specialty tools? Is there any step by step documents out their with pictures of the process? Do I need to upgrade the spark plugs and wires from stock (just replaced on the warranty work for the emissions) before I install the new coil or can I wait until after it is installed? Summit racing has a MSD blaster coil 2 (Part MSD-8202) for 34.88 plus shipping is this the correct one? Are the wires just normal wire or are they a special type of wire, if so were do you get the special type of wire?

Thats all I can think of right now! Thanks for expanding on this topic guys I appreciate it!
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Old August 8th, 2006, 11:31 PM   #2
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I have the msd ss coil which you can place anywhere and in any position. The msd blaster 2 coil, you should mount it in a vertical position. You don't need any new wires for the coil; although, others will tell you to get new ones so you won't have a problem at all. Depending on your mileage, you should change your distributor cap and also your spark plugs. If you recently change your plugs, you don't need to change them or upgrade. Look for the msd blaster thread on here and it will show you some diy and some pics. Mine is the ss coil which is different from all the others.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 01:48 AM   #3
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i would find a local pep boys to buy the blaster 2. i think i got mine for 29.99+tax.

parts i used: 14 gauge wire, ring terminals, crimper, 12" extension, Roosplash's bracket (very nice addition)

toughest part was removing the bolts on the stock coil. i busted my knuckes from using a 6" extension haha. other than that, it's pretty easy.

i'm still running stock wires and plugs and did the warranty extension.
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Old August 10th, 2006, 09:15 PM   #4
 
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You guys have convienced me I am going to do it. Wish me luck, I will take some photo's when it is done and take some photo's of other fun new stuff! I might have to hit Roosplash up for a bracket. Any last minutes suggestions before I get started and break somethin' that would be a great addition. Guys thanks for the fast reply!
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Old August 15th, 2006, 01:29 PM   #6
 
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Already ran into something I am questioning. The stock coil has the spark plug wire from the center of the cap down to the stock coil, this I got. The electrical plug for the stock coil is my question. This has a stock electrical plug connector on it I know it is ok to cut it and wire up all the wires individually to the coil but is this accurate? My assumtion would be when I cut the stock connector I will expose all the correct colored wires to then take over to my new coil... is that correct? Next thing... Can I just leave the stock coil in its place and then take the wires off of it and hook up my new one? Last thing for now I promise... What is the best way to mount, zip ties, buy the correct mounting bracket, mount it on the battery plastic, etc? Thanks guys you rock!
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Nevermind guys, it is all installed and running good. Pictures of everything will be posted as soon as I get motivated to do so.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 06:41 AM   #8
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did u cut the stock wires?
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I did cut the stock wire connecter and left the old coil in place. Mounted the new one off the battery plastic with a universal mounting bracket.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 08:18 PM   #10
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cool, how do you like the new coil? you should get new plugs and wires when you get a chance
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hi, this is the 2nd time i told you. stop hijacking threads and create a new one

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Old August 16th, 2006, 08:33 PM   #12
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i got the blaster SS coil. i need an extension. but i need an MSD 8.5 mm extension.... :/
where oh where.....
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jester: extension of what for the ss coil? Just clip your wires to the coil, you don't need an extension. If anything, go to msdignition.com. They would have the extension.
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Mastadulog: I didn't really notice a difference in peformance but I am sure it does make some difference. I will upgrade the wires and plugs later down the road, maybe then I will feel the difference.
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