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Tuning MSD Distributors

Tuning MSD Distributors

Can't Get Your Engine to Idle Clean?

How to properly tune your bushing type MSD distributor for max performance

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Advance limiter bushings for most MSD Pro Billet and regular performance distributors.

Each kit consists of a  CnC machined 10* and 14* limiter bushing.

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Can't get rid of that Stinky Rich Exhaust at idle? The MSD distributors come with 3 bushings with the largest one being 18* so when installed it will give you 18* of mechanical advance.  If you trying to total the engine at 36* you would simply set the idle timing at 18* and this bushing will allow it to advance another 18* to bring your total to 36*.

Here's the issue, as most of you have already discovered to get a clean crisp idle out of your tune up and to make the carb adjustments respond to your tuning your performance engine wants more initial timing.

MSD will tell you to lock it out at 36 and buy one of their spark retard units ($179.00) so you can get it to crank over at 36*.   We 100% adamantly disagree with this ridiculous solution designed to bleed your wallet.  Your motor may like the 36* all the time but in most applications it will cause hard starting, over heating and detonation issues at low RPM high load. 

By simply swapping out the black 18* MSD bushing (or other MSD stock bushings provided) and insert one of our bushings it will allow you to set you idle timing at 22* or 26* and not allow the timing to exceed the desired 36*.

Then run a heavier spring so your timing mark isn't jumping around when your trying to set it.  Too light of a spring will allow the weights to bounce off the stop and cause the timing mark to go crazy when your trying to set your timing.  If your running a 3000-4000 or bigger Convertor there is no need to bring the timing all in until just below the stall, you won't load the motor until the Convertor locks anyhow so there's no performance gain to be had in running your distributor all in at 2000 RPM with a 4000 stall Convertor...think about it.

Big cams bleed off cylinder pressure allowing you to run big initial timing numbers this will really help you get quick clean starts, we want the motor to have as much initial timing as possible without kicking back or dragging down the starter and at the same time still have plenty of initial timing to get quick and easy starts.

From our experience I would guess that 50% of you are having issues either you purchased a Pro Billet non-vacuum distributor for an engine that needs a vacuum advance and you can't get enough initial to get a clean idle or you've been reading MSD instructions and you've got the vacuum line hooked to the ported vacuum instead of the constant.  We can help you with all of these issues, not only the right parts if needed but real tech advice from professional people who will take to time to explain to you why changes may be needed.

Give us a call and lets talk about your issues and maybe we can help solve them.

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