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Description:
MSD Billet and Pro-Billet are the finest performance and racing distributors available. Every feature is designed to provide the best in performance and endurance to top off your ignition system.

 
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Reviewed by:
Car racer



Review Date
June 11, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Value Rating
 1 of 5

Used product for
3 Months to 1 year

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Review 1 of 7

Price Paid:  $400.00 from Performance Improvem

Year / Model Reviewed:
2006 MSD Optispark Distributor

Strengths:
Decent bearing, cap construction. It looks good.

Weaknesses:
Unreliable.

Summary:
I bought this unit new. It was a new product from MSD to replace the original GM Delphi unit (some owners complained were problematic) that lasted 90,000 miles on my 1993 Trans Am. The MSD came with a peculiar (read CHEAP) O-ring gasket that was almost difficult to install in the unit properly. Mine slid off the rim and squeezed the housing upwards until it rubbed the rotor. In 1600 miles the unit began to fail. I sent it back to MSD at my cost, who then honored the warranty and did basic repairs, and advised that they had a 'special tool' for installing the problematic O-ring seal. I installed it properly the second time. 1500 miles later the unit failed again, this time the screws attaching the rotor to the unit had come loose. The rotor was also rubbing against the housing again, despite the properly installed seal. I bought a new generic made in China distributor off eBay, similar to the GM unit, and have had no problems in 4000 miles. MSD charges a premium price for their product but didn't deliver on quality. The absence of a properly designed gasket to seal their unit and poor design/assembly is intolerable at their prices. I still have the MSD unit, but it is not worth the postage or fee to have it fixed. I'll probably just end up throwing it away.

Similar Products Used:
GM Optispark distributor (good). Made in China distributor, 4000 miles and still works like a charm.



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Reviewed by:
Jordie


Review Date
July 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Value Rating
 2 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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4.86 of 5, 7.00 votes

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Review 2 of 7

Price Paid:  $350.00 from Lordco

Year / Model Reviewed:
2000 8360

Strengths:
Looks pretty, billet is always nice

Weaknesses:
Unreliable,expensive,wont get you home,hard to find service parts.

Summary:
For some unknown reason a very small piece of the reluctor broke off and small fragments of metal became attracted to the magnetic pickup leaving me stranded with a no spark condition.



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Reviewed by:
Cuda66



Review Date
January 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Value Rating
 3 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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5.00 of 5, 8.00 votes

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Review 3 of 7

Price Paid:  $1.00 from Craigs List

Year / Model Reviewed:
1985 Pro Billet

Strengths:
It uses a stock FORD pick-up coil and reluctor so don't think your buying some new state of the art handcrafter piece of VooDoo Magic. It's just a piece of aluminum spun out on a CnC Lathe and finished with off the shelf components. This is a RACE only piece and in most cases will not make your street hot rod go any quicker, if anything it'll give you a tuning nightmare. Before you decide to empty your wallet put a timing light on your engine and see what the initial timing is with the vacuum unit hooked up do you think it'll run with 18* RACE ONLY

Weaknesses:
Maximum limiter bushing is 18* which means you can only run 18* intial for a total of 36*. Try and buy a cap at your local Auto parts store, then think about that trip your planning 200 miles from home....Pay up your AAA Membership. RACE ONLY

Summary:
I agree with most of the Manufacturers propaganda.....but.... RACE ONLY

Similar Products Used:
There is plenty of good performance rebuilders out there that can and will build you a really good distributor for your classic car or street machine for 1/2 the money and it'll probably perform better and be way more servicable down the road. Search "Distributors" +Mopar, +chevy or +ford and find a good distributor company, your money will be wisely spent. RACE ONLY



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Reviewed by:
Randal


Review Date
November 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Value Rating
 1 of 5

Used product for
Less than 1 month

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4.31 of 5, 13.00 votes

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Review 4 of 7

Price Paid:  $235.00 from Summit

Year / Model Reviewed:
2003 Ford Pro Billet

Summary:
Pro billets suck. They are very hard to hook up to a msd 6a ignition

Similar Products Used:
Ford Dura spark



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Reviewed by:
Chris


Review Date
September 30, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
Less than 1 month

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Review 5 of 7

Price Paid:  $269.00 from Jegs

Year / Model Reviewed:
1992 MSD Billitech Distributor

Strengths:
Good looking, easy to install and it makes horsepower!!!

Weaknesses:
None except that they don't give it away for free :(

Summary:
Wow, pulls so much smoother up top! My Mustang is heads, cam , intake, exhaust modded and this thing was the ticket. I feel as if the car picked up about 10 hp from 5500-6200 rpm. Already it makes 311 RWHP and 329 RWTQ. With this and the MSD 6al I hope the car will make 330 RWHP. Direct replacement for stock

Similar Products Used:
Stock piece of timing jumping $hit...



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