How to Build High-Performance Ignition Systems: For Domestic and Import 4, 6, and 8-Cylinder Cars

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How to Build High-Performance Ignition Systems is the complete guide to understanding automotive ignition systems, from old-school points and condensers to modern computer-controlled distributorless systems, from bone-stock to totally aftermarket.

Author Todd Ryden leads you through the various components, systems, and subsystems, explaining the theory behind the operation and how the parts work with each other to achieve the ultimate goal of efficient combustion. Coils, wires, ...

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Overview

How to Build High-Performance Ignition Systems is the complete guide to understanding automotive ignition systems, from old-school points and condensers to modern computer-controlled distributorless systems, from bone-stock to totally aftermarket.

Author Todd Ryden leads you through the various components, systems, and subsystems, explaining the theory behind the operation and how the parts work with each other to achieve the ultimate goal of efficient combustion. Coils, wires, spark plugs, distributors, magnetos, inductive systems, CD ignitions, multiple-spark systems, computer ignition controls, rev limiters ­ all are covered for both street and race applications.

This book will help you understand how your car's ignition works, and it will help you choose the right components for your car's performance needs, whether it's a '55 Chevy with a 265 small-block or a 2003 Cobra with a 4.6-liter modular motor.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884089725
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: S-A Design Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 5
Chapter 1 Intro And Overview: A Quick Look at the Entire System 7
Breaking the Ignition Down 8
The Coil 8
Distributor 9
Trigger Device 9
Timing 11
Spark Plug Wires 11
Spark Plugs 12
Ignition Controls 13
Battery and Charging System 13
The Sum of the Parts 14
Chapter 2 Ignition Controls: An Intro to Performance Ignitions 15
Inductive and Capacitive Discharge Ignitions 15
Capacitive Discharge 17
Inductive Add-Ons 18
GM's HEI Distributor 19
And Now for Something Completely Different 20
Aftermarket Capacitive Discharge Ignitions 21
Chapter 3 CD Ignition Controls: High-Performance Racing Ignitions 26
Rev Limiters 26
Boost Retard 29
The Next Step--The 7-Series 30
Over-the-Top Ignition Power 33
Chapter 4 Coils, Wires, and Plugs: Take a Look at the Secondary Side 35
Coils 35
What's Available? 37
Spark Plug Wires 39
Spark Plugs 44
Chapter 5 Distributor Basics: Triggers, Timing Advance, and Delivery 47
Distributing 47
Triggering the Ignition 48
Electronic Triggers 50
Magnetic and Hall-Effect Pickups 51
Mechanical Advance 54
Vacuum Advance 55
Caps and Rotors 56
Chapter 6 Distributors and Timing: Dialing in Centrifugal Advance 58
Centrifugal Advance 61
Checking the Ignition Timing 64
Chapter 7 Electronic Controls: Advanced Timing and Crank Triggers 68
Locked-Out 69
Time for a Crank Trigger? 71
Crank Trigger Distributors 73
Rotor Phasing 74
Chapter 8 RPM and Timing Controls 77
Step Retards 78
Timing Curve Controls 80
Individual Cylinder Timing 81
Using RPM to Your Advantage 83
Controllers That Do It All 85
Chapter 9 Advanced Programming: Programming Through Your Computer 87
MSD Digital-7 Programmable 87
MSD Digital-7 Programmable Plus 91
Mechanical Programming 94
Chapter 10 Going DIS: Where's the Distributor? 96
Coil Pack Ignition Upgrades 98
Programmable DIS Ignition Controls 100
Electromotive 100
CPC Ignition System 101
Chapter 11 Charging and Wiring: Batteries, Alternators, and Wiring 103
Batteries 103
Charging System 105
Wiring Tips 107
Trouble Shooting a CD Ignition Control 113
Chapter 12 Definitions and Diagrams: Useful Info and Wiring Schematics 115
Appendix Source Guide 127
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