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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 08, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Plug Wires Recommendations!

The current plug wires on my car are unsightly and I plan on replacing at the same time I replace the distributor. I would prefer plain black colored wires in order to give the engine compartment a cleaner look. It seems the black color requirement may limit my selection but I am looking for something that blends in instead of standing out like the yellow Accel wires that are currently on the car. Any brand or type preferences? I have purchased a MSD ready-to-run distributor and I am not sure what type of plug wires to get HEI or the Points type? I see some manufacturers list "Socket", is that the same as the points type? I believe the cap has the HEI terminals but want to confirm with others before I order a set. Straight or 90 for the plugs? I have noticed they have over the valve covers and below the header kits. The below the headers sound interesting to me and I would prefer the look but do not know how you would run plug wires under the headers without them contacting either the header or the block and burning the wires. I currently have ram horn style manifolds but I am going to switch to Thorley Tri-Y headers during the rebuild of the car. Anyone have experience with the under the header plug wires that can offer tips or their experiences? Are the cut to length kits accurate as far as length for either route or am I better off getting a universal kit?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 27th, 08, 06:16 AM
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Re: Plug Wires Recommendations!

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The current plug wires on my car are unsightly and I plan on replacing at the same time I replace the distributor. I would prefer plain black colored wires in order to give the engine compartment a cleaner look. It seems the black color requirement may limit my selection but I am looking for something that blends in instead of standing out like the yellow Accel wires that are currently on the car. Any brand or type preferences? I have purchased a MSD ready-to-run distributor and I am not sure what type of plug wires to get HEI or the Points type? I see some manufacturers list "Socket", is that the same as the points type? I believe the cap has the HEI terminals but want to confirm with others before I order a set. Straight or 90 for the plugs? I have noticed they have over the valve covers and below the header kits. The below the headers sound interesting to me and I would prefer the look but do not know how you would run plug wires under the headers without them contacting either the header or the block and burning the wires. I currently have ram horn style manifolds but I am going to switch to Thorley Tri-Y headers during the rebuild of the car. Anyone have experience with the under the header plug wires that can offer tips or their experiences? Are the cut to length kits accurate as far as length for either route or am I better off getting a universal kit?
The HEI distributor will have ""male" terminals on the cap.The standard distributor cap will have "female" terminals or "sockets that the wires will plug into.

I have Moroso's under the header plug wires on my BBC. I found the simplest way to keep the headers from contacting the headers or block is to secure them together using small cable ties. I worked the "slack" back toward the distributor as I grouped the wires together with the cable ties. The Morosos plug wires that I bought are made specifically for under the header and were already terminated on both ends. Wire length is excellent. Here is what they look like...................................


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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 27th, 08, 06:58 AM
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Re: Plug Wires Recommendations!

I run LiveWires by Performance Distributors, the same guys that make the "DUI" distributors. They are very nice. They look very similar to David's wires. They come in 5 different colors. Here is a link to their website. I run the over the valve cover pieces. They run $99.00.
http://www.performancedistributors.com/livewire.htm

They also offer these awesome wire looms. They are bolt together. Much like the ones that come in the Hydratech Hydroboost for separating the lines. Scroll a little further down on the link I provided and you will see the separaters. They are great and you don't have to worry about them melting.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 27th, 08, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Plug Wires Recommendations!

Thanks David, the MSD does have the male terminals so I will order the HEI terminals. It looks like 90 degree terminals on both ends. I do like the look of the wires under the headers and am more than likely going that route if others are not having problems with burnt wires. The Thorleys I bought are ceramic coated so that may help with the heat some.

Charlie those seperators look nice but I would be afraid that the aluminum could transfer the spark to another wire.
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I have Taylors on my car black wires and boots.

http://www.taylorvertex.com/Products.../SparkPlugSets

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Re: Plug Wires Recommendations!

Not with the insulation of the "new" wires. The transfer of spark is a thing of the past, IMO. I have never heard of anyone having that issue anymore. On GM engine, the way their firing order is, the usual suspect is with the #5 and #7 wires since they are right next to each other and they fire one after the other. I run my #5 and #7 wires in the same separator and I have no issues at all. The newer style wires and their insulation have made that issue non existant.

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