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Old 05-27-2016, 08:54 AM
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Spark plug wire replacement help

Here's what I know, basically nothing, well and that I need new ignition coils. I'm trying to learn as I go, but I have a long way to go.

In this post, he references a green Dyna ignition coil:
http://www.xs11.com/forum/showthread...light=spark+pl


Is this it? Can I use this? Where can I find appropriate wires that will match this?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dynatek-DC1-...dVgzaX&vxp=mtr

Open to any other suggestions, tips, advice, or if someone has found better replacements also.

I am a lost puppy in the woods, please help me. lol
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:52 AM
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Nothing to be lost about sir. Those are the one's you need. Order some 7mm-8mm copper-core wire, or you can find Dyna's plug wire kit on ebay as-well:

Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/252402036221

And then, follow Pat Kelly's Dyna install.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:51 AM
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Thank you, I just ordered all my loot and bookmarked the install thread.
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Old 05-28-2016, 08:59 AM
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When you install those 3.0 ohm coils make sure you bypass your ballast resistor. You'll also want to open up the gap on your plugs a tad - .035" should do it. Might also need to fabricate some brackets to hang 'em, and you'll need to get a couple bolts and some nuts as well. And a crowfoot wrench set comes in might handy when it comes time to tighten those bolts.

The other way to do it is to cross drill holes for the mounting bolts and just use the stock hardware. You'll trash the warranty doing it, but it's fast and easy.

I run those same coils on Betsy, and I installed a set on my brother's '80 G as well. I wouldn't trade 'em. You'll notice the difference the first time you hit the starter.
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Old 05-28-2016, 09:32 AM
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You should be able to buy the copper core 7mm or 8mm plug wire by the foot in bulk at the major auto parts stores (O'Reilly, Advance Auto Parts, Autozone).

This is one of those items I look up on their website and grab the part number. I have no idea why, but this is a typical "we don't carry that" answer I get from them until I give them the part number. It's cheap and plentiful.

I have bought mine from O'Reilly.

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...MW11/N0609.oap
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Old 05-28-2016, 09:46 AM
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You should be able to buy the copper core 7mm or 8mm plug wire by the foot in bulk at the major auto parts stores (O'Reilly, Advance Auto Parts, Autozone).

This is one of those items I look up on their website and grab the part number. I have no idea why, but this is a typical "we don't carry that" answer I get from them until I give them the part number. It's cheap and plentiful.

I have bought mine from O'Reilly.

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...MW11/N0609.oap
Another advantage to picking some up at O'Reilly is their loaner tools. They might just have a spark plug wire crimping tool you can borrow and I know they sell the distributor coil type ends that will be needed for the coil end of the wires. A proper crimp will make it much easier to insert the wires into the coils. JAT
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Old 05-28-2016, 10:12 AM
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That's a good idea. I've only ever used pliers and I don't know why it never occurred to me that there would be a proper way to crimp on the wires
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Old 05-28-2016, 10:58 AM
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That's a good idea. I've only ever used pliers and I don't know why it never occurred to me that there would be a proper way to crimp on the wires
LoL I used to do them with pliers too, and I've installed about half a dozen sets of coils that way. Every time I did it with pliers I had to hold my mouth just right and use the proper profanity or I couldn't get the wire ends to seat all the way. Last year I broke down and bought a spark plug wire crimping tool and I couldn't believe how much easier it made the installation. And that was with 7mm wires. I'll bet it makes an even bigger difference with 8mm's.
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Old 05-28-2016, 11:11 AM
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Thank you, I just ordered all my loot and bookmarked the install thread.
If you want to go the quick dirty route, and you're not concerned about the warranty on the coils, here's a link that will show you what I mean about cross drilling them and using the stock hardware. This link is for a set of Mikes Green Coils (which are no longer on the bike), but the installation works the same for the Dynas. It's the quickest, easiest way to mount them and provides a good installation, but again, you'll scrap your warranty (which I believe is one year) if you decide to do it this way. Post #11 has the pics. Mikes/Dyna mounting thread
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Many Moons ago, i purchased a custom set of MSD wires for my Camaro, and it came with a crimping tool to use in my vise.... it even had Grooves to perfectly strip the wire every time...

It has become one of my prized posessions.

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If you want to go the quick dirty route, and you're not concerned about the warranty on the coils, here's a link that will show you what I mean about cross drilling them and using the stock hardware. This link is for a set of Mikes Green Coils (which are no longer on the bike), but the installation works the same for the Dynas. It's the quickest, easiest way to mount them and provides a good installation, but again, you'll scrap your warranty (which I believe is one year) if you decide to do it this way. Post #11 has the pics. Mikes/Dyna mounting thread
Thanks db, I'm not the OP, but that gives me ideas for my own project.

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Many Moons ago, i purchased a custom set of MSD wires for my Camaro, and it came with a crimping tool to use in my vise.... it even had Grooves to perfectly strip the wire every time...

It has become one of my prized posessions.
This looks like it is the same, available for $12 on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/MSD-3503-Mini.../dp/B00029JKAK
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Many Moons ago, i purchased a custom set of MSD wires for my Camaro, and it came with a crimping tool to use in my vise.... it even had Grooves to perfectly strip the wire every time...

It has become one of my prized posessions.

Actually, the plier style of Snap-On strippers/crimpers ARE the best and easiest to use. They also crimp 90degree type plug/distributor cap connector ends. They also strip back 7 and 8mm plug wire along with any other size wire used. Definitely high quality styles of crimp locations also.
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