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Anyone replace their distributor with aftermarket?

Wondering if anyone has replaced their EFI (mine's a 1990 302) distributor with an aftermarket one. I kinda fubared mine, rendering it useless, and am looking at replacing it. I could by a ford one, or something else. I looked around and see Summit has their own branded one and MSD also has one...but the reviews don't look so good.

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as for reliability it is going to be hard to beat a OEM. They are designed to last years.



Seems MSD is a crap shot with some lasting a long time and some barely making it past a year.
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as for reliability it is going to be hard to beat a OEM. They are designed to last years.



Seems MSD is a crap shot with some lasting a long time and some barely making it past a year.
That's what I'm seeing. Kinda shitty, they have been around a long time.


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People want the name, don't care about how expensive it is. Only real benefit is at the track where you might shave off .05 of a second on your time.

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Stay with motorcraft, oem

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People want the name, don't care about how expensive it is. Only real benefit is at the track where you might shave off .05 of a second on your time.
Ya, do need reliability for sure. Was thinking of bling, but want longevity first. Besides, I can always polish up a factory one.


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I bought a distributor from NPD for my '94 a couple of years ago. The core was twice the cost of the distributor. It has been working fine. Make sure you get the correct drive gear (cast or steel). (IIRC it was a rebuilt unit.)
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The parts stores sell new factory style units as well. I have had pretty good luck with mine from Orielly's
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It is the electronics in ALL but Motorcraft, that suck. Since I could not find a decent OEM, I shelled out for the MSD. I then replaced the electronics with new Motorcraft. I think it is called PIP sensor. It is a pain to remove and install the electronics, but worth it. I am very pleased with the results. I have had a NAPA reman last for 3 minutes, literally, before the electronics failed.
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Exactly. I have read that the machining tolerances on the factory dizzy are far superior to aftermarket. I did the same, MSD outsides, motorcraft internals. Looks great, runs great

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All the motorcraft units are reman with aftermarket internals. Good luck finding a new oem one
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Saw this on Ebay

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Doesn't fit mine...too bad...need efi one. Seen some stock Mustang ones on ebay...not sure if they are the same as the trucks/broncos...more research. lol


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guess I got lucky with the MSD. Had read of the problems but mine lasted well, longer than I had that Bronco ('90 302).
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Doesn't fit mine...too bad...need efi one. Seen some stock Mustang ones on ebay...not sure if they are the same as the trucks/broncos...more research. lol
Oh yeah! Sorry bout that! You need a Motorcraft DA-1989. $562.00...LOL

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Oh yeah! Sorry bout that! You need a Motorcraft DA-1989. $562.00...LOL

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Wow! Thanks for info. So I look and see, that's for an auto trans. The one for manual trans (DA-1991) is $240.72...which is much better. Sure didn't think the distributor would be different because of trans...so, I learn! That should make it even harder to find one that matches...time...

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I've had good luck with O'Reillys. You'll probably never have an issue.. but hey, if you do, that's what lifetime warranties are for. Can't say I've ever had an issue with any of mine though.
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I bought a aftermarket unit for my setup. I was doing a swap and needed a unit with a steel gear for the roller motor i was dropping in and this was the best i could come up with. It didn't break the bank and still worked with my carbed setup. I have been running it daily for a little over a month now with zero issues, but that hardly speaks for the longevity of it. I think it is a good part and it will hold up, but that is just my best guess. I know the support was pretty stellar.

JEGS Performance Products 40055: SSR Pro Series Billet Distributor Small Block Ford 221-302 (Except 5.0L) | JEGS

That isn't exactly the unit i got, but close. I bought the 351w version.
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What exactly is wrong with the original distributor?

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i usually try and get a Motorcraft online. otherwise i use new Carquest that Advance Auto sells since theres soo many of them Advance Autos around and lifetime warrenty.

on my friends 87, i had to replace a Richporter Technologies (now called Spectra Premium i think) from Oreillys cause a bad ICM. i replaced it with a reman Cardone. a couple months later had to replace it again because it had a bad bearing. it shows that aftermarket does suck for quality


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