Originally Posted by Bronco Newbie
Ok guys...my MSD Coil, Rotor, and Cap are arriving in the mail today. Couple questions for you...
1. How long should it take an inexperienced person like me to change these out? Can I tackle it right after work and still have enough light to complete the job?
2. My wires aren't going to arrive until Monday/Tuesday, but a friend of mine (who is a mechanic at a Cadillac dealership) is going to be in-town on Saturday and is bringing his timing light so we can do a timing bump...is it ok to bump the timing with the stock wires on? I'd hate to have to wait for the next time he's in town.
If you mean you'll have to postpone doing this until the next time your mechanic buddy is in town, I'd do it anyway this weekend, just don't drive it too much until you get those wires on (as fast as possible).
The time in between his visits could pay for the dang parts in fuel savings and that'd be terrible to miss out on.
Problem with less than REALLY GOOD aftermarket wires is(and listen closely burger213) the thing could cross fire between the wires and run like $h!t causing your GM buddy to doubt the wisdom of these changes.
The MSD "has" the fat spark and the widened plug gaps "want/need" the fat spark. Now you put $h!t wires (or a less than perfect cap&rotor) in between and it could run like crap on a stick.
Like Sewiv says the coil, cap & rotor are a cake walk, so is running the wires really. The plugs on the driver's bank are not too, too bad to get at, but your mechanic buddy is gonna come in REAL HANDY on the passenger's side.
Some small block Fords are real beeeeeeaches and I've wasted 2 hours changing 4 plugs on my 5.0 litre Lincoln Town Car. That is why recently (after my bronco became emissions exempt) my smog pump ended up at the side of the highway
I guess what I'm trying to caution you and burger213 about is the need for quality plug wires to transfer all the spark where it needs to go.
One thing you can do before your GM buddy gets here is at least sand down the rust off your harmonic balancer (unless it's still prime shape) so the timing marks are clear and find your SPOUT valve for him.
Burger213 if there's any way to order up some Ford Motorsports 9mm wires or Taylor SpiroPros I'd do it. Some American stealerships are selling them for less than house brand wires sets. Call the Ford stealership tonight or tomorrow.
If you can't get you money back, then stick with the replacement brand plug wires, they'll probably work fine while they're new.