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Old 12-09-2004, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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everyone knows that the stock distributor puts out only one spark for each combustion phase of the stroke. this is not always the most efficient way to burn the fuel in the chamber, and there is more often than not unburnt fuel left in the combustion chamber...and thus lost power. an msd (multiple spark distributor) puts our 6 sparks in just about the same amount of time the stock distributor puts out one. this helps to burn up all of the fuel, making the car more efficient, but most importantly, more powerful. msd's are used mostly on race cars, or drag cars to be more specific. but i'm pretty sure that msd makes applications for street use too...

am i wrong? is an msd system not for street use? but if it is, has anyone done it? any info would be great! thanks
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go to producs/automotive

http://www.msdignition.com/

they make many different ignitons for different applications and yes there are race and street ones
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I too would be very interested in adding an MSD since it works great on my buddies Heavy Chevy. However, i wouldn't know what size/model to install... plus does ANY BMW owner have an MSD installed?
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Im not sure that the benefit of increased spark would be realized on lightly to moderately modified E36s.
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I think i remember reading in previous threads that the BMWs have very efficient ignition systems, and that there isn't really a need for aftermarkets. Anyway, thats what I';ve read. Also, you don't see this as a common mod, if at all ,which supports the notion that you don't need it. Maybe if you're track racing or something...

Example: Dinan doesn't modify via an ignition system. INstead it's about chipping and changing software. That chevy prolly has a distributor, which e36's don't have--I don't think--maybe the 318's.

Spend your money on better mods IMO.
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im with never on this, i dont think youll notice a difference. unless you did heavy modding (ie forced etc etc) but overall i wouldnt spend the cash
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