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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 05-22-2004, 02:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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has anyone tried the 8mm wire sets , do they really make a differance (are they worth the $$) or is a MSD ignition or coil better to blow money on?

if i touch my wires when the car is running i get shocked to hell , you think its time to replace?
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if you feel you want to replace your wires, do so, i cant tell you what kind of condition they are in from the net but perhaps you might have to.

As for advice on what to buy, just buy the cheapest ones you can find. Hell if your like me youd just go buy generic cable and cut the lengths yourself. The only thing that 8mm wire is better for is the insulation, it gets rid of the whine that the stereo has. Stock wires had somewhat bad insulation, so when youd get above 2k revs, all the built up electricity creates a static and puts hum in the stereo. No performance will be gained on 8mm wires unless perhaps your running some extremely tuned system running on alcohol or methanol.
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when you cut your own where did you get the boots for them?
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An easy way to test your plug wires is as follows.


Once dark, pop your hood and start your car.
Make sure you are in a good dark place, and have a look.
If your wires are bad, you should see a mini-fireworks display
This is usually evident prior to any significant cracking or visible degredation
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Fox, you said you cut your own wires where do you get the boots for that?
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I know a lot of guys who like the MSD ignition. It's going to give you better gas mileage (partially due to an easier start up), a little hp (no ricer math please), and better responsiveness. The guys I know say it's one of the best mods they've done to their cars.
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