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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 03, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Does anybody have any feedback on either unit? I think both have good features, but I would like to hear from people that are currently using them.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 03, 11:27 AM
 
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in very curious about this too, ill kick it back to the top....
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 03, 02:24 PM
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I just read the May-03/CHP magazine and they have a good insight on the Crane XR-i. One thing I like is the variable rev limiter feature and that it is triggered by the stock points cam. I've used Pertronix in the past with great results/durability up to date.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 03, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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I too read the CHP article. I have yet to talk with anyone that is using the Crane XR-i. I have talked to a few people that are using the ignitor with mixed results. The consensus is that you really should carry a spare set of points in the the trunk.

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Anyone try the XR-i yet? I ordered mine and I haven't installed it yet. I finally got to starting the Camaro this year. It has been too long!

I still have points in it and I have not replaced them in 12 years and yet it starts right up. Set the choke and two revolutions and it starts right up.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 03, 05:59 AM
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I wonder how that rev limiter works? Being such a small unit, I wouldn't think it would work like an MSD soft touch, where it cut's out cylinders. Do it just kill the engine or what?
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Just an update, I have installed the unit in my Camaro after testing all the resistance in the wires and coil. I had replaced my wiring harness with a Factory Fit unit a few years ago so the resistance wire was fine. The coil dropped the voltage even more and I had ~7.5 v for the module to run on. I talked with the Crane Peps and they said to go for it. I connected up the leads to the coil and fired it right up.

Some of the things learned, mark and pull the distributor. You need to mount the module as close to the cam on the distributor as possible without touching it. The real pain is feeding the wires out the bottom of the dist. What a pain. Almost as bad a taking out the one lead originally in there. The testing of voltage seems important too. The module has a ratiing of 6-16 volts but I assume that the higher the voltage, the higher the temps. This is true in computers too.

The Rev limiter seems to slowly cut out the cylinders. It doesn't send you through the windshield. I tested mine at 4k and that was an odd feeling. I think that the unit is decent. I want to take it on a long trip to see if it blows. I have an new package of Blue Streak points nailed to my wall incase I need them,

So that is my endorsment for this XR-i unit. I hope that it lasts for the 13 years my points did. [img]graemlins/beers.gif[/img]

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