High-Performance Ignition Systems


High-Performance Ignition Systems: Design, Build & Install is a completely updated guide to understanding automotive ignition systems, from old-school points and condensers to modern computer-controlled distributorless systems, and from bone-stock systems to highly modified.
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High-Performance Ignition Systems: Design, Build & Install is a completely updated guide to understanding automotive ignition systems, from old-school points and condensers to modern computer-controlled distributorless systems, and from bone-stock systems to highly modified.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613250808
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2014
  • Series: SA Design
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 612,073
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Ryden was born in Pontiac, Michigan and brought up in Goodrich. He was always around automotive industry muscle cars and some drag racing thanks to his dad and uncles. His first trip down the drag racing strip was at age 14 in his dad's '70 SS Chevelle. Todd received an associate degree in automotive mechanics and a bachelor's degree in general studies. He has worked as a Chevrolet dealership technician, service manual tech writer, and automotive freelance writer.
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Table of Contents

Preface 4

Acknowledgments 5

Introduction 6

Chapter 1: Electrical System Overview: Introduction to Automotive Ignition Operation 7

System Sides 8

The Coil 8

Distributor 9

Trigger Device 9

Timing 12

Spark Plug Wires 13

Spark Plugs 14

Ignition Controls 14

Battery and Charging System 14

The Sum of the Parts 15

Chapter 2: Distributor Basics: Triggers, Timing Advance and Delivery 16

Distributing the Spark 17

Triggering the Ignition 17

Mechanical Advance 26

Vacuum Advance 28

Caps and Rotors 28

Chapter 3: Distributors and Timing: Dialing in Centrifugal Advance 29

Choosing a Distributor 29

Timing Changes 32

Centrifugal Advance 34

Removal and Installation 35

Adjusting Ignition Timing 36

Proper Gears and Mesh 40

Chapter 4: Performance Ignition Controls: Choosing an Ignition for Your Engine 42

Inductive System 43

Capacitive Discharge System 44

RPM Limiters 47

Boost Retard 50

Magnetos 51

Programming Performance 54

Chapter 5: Coils, Wires and Plugs: Take a Look at the Secondary Side 57

Coils 58

Spark Plug Wires 64

Spark Plugs 70

Chapter 6: Electronic Accessories: RPM and Timing Controls 74

RPM Limiters 74

RPM Switches 76

Shift Lights 77

Timing Control 77

Boost Retard 78

Locked-Out Timing 80

Step Retard 82

Crank Trigger 84

Rotor Phasing 88

Chapter 7: Advanced Ignition Tuning: Performance from a PC 91

Mechanical Cylinder Timing 91

Electronic Cylinder Timing 93

Programmable Ignitions 95

Timing Retards 98

Gear Curves 101

Gear Maps 102

Boost Timing Map 102

Step Retard 102

RPM Function 103

Slew Limit 103

Chapter 8: Going DIS: Where’s the Distributor? 106

Technological Advances 107

Coil Pack Ignition Upgrades 109

Late-Model Muscle 110

Retrofit Ignitions 116

Chapter 9: Batteries, Charging and Wiring: Fuel for the Fire 119

Battery 119

Charger 122

Charging System 122

Pulleys 125

Wiring 127

Relays 130

Chapter 10: Definitions and Diagrams: Useful Info and Wiring Schematics 134

Troubleshooting Your CD Ignition 135

Wiring an Ignition Control to an HEI 141

Source Guide 144

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