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Thread: Sniper with MSD CD box & points distributor.

  1. #21
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    Dec 2009


    Correct, and it's never used with an aftermarket CD ignition box.
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    I had assumed that the MSD instructions were for multiple installations on different vehicles. The resistance wire is shown on the car’s wiring diagram. It also includes a condenser attached to the negative side of the coil. I assume the condenser is to defeat noise that could impact the operation of the radio. I didn’t check the voltage across the coil with a multimeter however; a check with a trouble light revealed a very weak light glow. I haven’t taken the time to test the voltage across the coil, but I assume that removing the resistor has resulted in a significantly different operation. I think my initial confusion came in trying to connect the CD box with the points distributor. Sniper installation notes do not mention what to do with the points distributor connection. The MSD CD box does show the proper connection for the coil. However, Sniper techs advise their white wire is not used, and that the gray wire from the CD box is all that's required. The white wire from the CD box connects directly to the points distributor lead. This is why I had initially requested someone to provide a setup showing the complete installation. The situation is that one representative recommends not using the white wire while the other representative recommends using the white wire. I believe that Holley owns Sniper and MSD. The devices work perfectly together, however, it would be nice to have more positive direction from the manufacturer for the infrequent or casual installer.

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  4. #24
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Brisbane, Australia


    The condenser is on the negative side of the coil and forms part of the coil/points operation. When the points open, the condenser discharges into the coil. It is not for noise suppression.

    Your CD box puts out 450 volts to the coil, so don't be complacent around the coil positive terminal with the engine running.

    Surprising the 450V didn't blow up other things connected to 12V with the resistance wire connected to coil positive. Gary
    Regards, Gary

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