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  1. Question MSD Universal Ignition Tester Info?

    So I'm no electrical genius, and I'm searching for a device that makes testing, say, a CNP ignition system "easy". I have the Holley Smart Coils on all 8 cylinders being fed by a dual sync distributor on my Terminator EFI system. I'd like a long term tool to verify ignition "spark" is where it should be. Exactly what does the MSD tester do? Not much info is given in the video or instruction PDF. Does it even work with non-MSD systems?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cougarbird86 View Post
    I have the Holley Smart Coils on all 8 cylinders being fed by a dual sync distributor on my Terminator EFI system. I'd like a long term tool to verify ignition "spark" is where it should be.
    A timing light is all you need for that.

    Originally Posted by Danny Cabral
    Ignition Timing Cylinder Sequence Verification
    Ensure the Firing Order is entered correctly in Ignition Parameters (System ICF).
    Before the initial start, disconnect the fuel injector harness and verify
    at least, the first four cylinders in the firing order using a timing light.
    If your cylinders are firing in 90° intervals BUT in the wrong sequence,
    the coil harness is connected wrong (at the ECU or at the coil packs).
    Hopefully you have a fully degreed balancer or at least markings every 90°:
    1st cylinder, in firing order, should fire at 0° (or 15° - add whatever your cranking timing is)
    2nd cylinder, in firing order, should fire at 270° (or 285° - cranking timing added)
    3rd cylinder, in firing order, should fire at 180° (or 195° - cranking timing added)
    4th cylinder, in firing order, should fire at 90° (or 105° - cranking timing added)
    5th cylinder, in firing order, should fire at 0° (or 15° - cranking timing added)
    6th cylinder, in firing order, should fire at 270° (or 285° - cranking timing added)
    7th cylinder, in firing order, should fire at 180° (or 195° - cranking timing added)
    8th cylinder, in firing order, should fire at 90° (or 105° - cranking timing added)
    May God's grace bless you in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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    Ah, very nice. Very helpful! I'm not so worried about the spark timing right now. I'm more or less trying to determine that power of the spark is "correct" or perhaps weak. This tool, although useful forever, is mainly to help me hone in on what might be causing a two point AFR between both banks. Although, my car is in storage somewhere else and no diagnostics can be done until Spring, so I'm just trying to prepare.
    1986 Ford Thunderbird: Custom ROUSH 427 SBF/DART SHP Big Bore Block, AFR Heads, Holley Terminator EFI, Holley Smart Coils, custom valve cover coil bracket.
    "T-birds are like the red headed step son of the Fox body family...but we still love 'em the same."

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    So to "bump" the thread, does anyone have experience using the MSD Universal Ignition Testing tool?
    1986 Ford Thunderbird: Custom ROUSH 427 SBF/DART SHP Big Bore Block, AFR Heads, Holley Terminator EFI, Holley Smart Coils, custom valve cover coil bracket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cougarbird86 View Post
    Exactly what does the MSD tester do?
    It simulates a running engine with the key-on/engine-off.
    https://www.holley.com/products/tool...rs/parts/89981 (MSD 89981 Universal Ignition Tester)
    It functions like the MSD 8998 Single Channel Digital Ignition Tester (LINK).

    Not much info is given in the video or instruction PDF.
    There are other YouTube videos available, especially for the MSD 8998 Ignition Tester.

    Does it even work with non-MSD systems?
    It's compatible with aftermarket EFI systems.
    May God's grace bless you in the Lord Jesus Christ.
    '92 Ford Mustang GT: Dominator MPFI & DIS, A/C, Spal dual 12" fans/3-core Frostbite aluminum radiator, Pypes dual 2.5" exhaust/X-pipe/shorty headers, 100HP progressive dry direct-port NOS, 160A 3G alternator, Optima Red battery, LenTech Strip Terminator wide-ratio AOD/2500 RPM converter, FRPP 3.31 gears, Cobra Trac-Lok differential, Moser 31 spline axles, '04 Cobra 4-disc brakes, '93 Cobra booster & M/C, 5-lug Bullitt wheels & 245/45R17 tires.

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