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new8
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 34
posted February 08, 2002 09:18 AM
IS A DIST LOCK OUT A GOOD IDEA? AND IF IT IS, CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT! CAN YOU ALSO EXPLAIN THE DOWN SIDE.
THANKS.

NWModracer
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted February 09, 2002 01:48 PM
I prefer not to lock a dist. To get that 36 degrees of advance in puts more strain on your starting system then is really necessary. You want only a fast mechanical advance, and you want to get it in as quickly as possible. Either use an aftermarket dist or there are kits for HEI that can get full advance by 3000 rpm or sooner. Besides making it easier for a hot engine start, getting the timing out of it during a yellow or red flag situation seems to help with reducing engine temps.

DodgeBoy76
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 73
posted February 09, 2002 11:43 PM
We run a MSD dist. that has been locked out, and a starter off of about a 96 350 chevy just due to the size, and it is gear reduced. And run 38degrees total on a 12.5 to one motor and do not have any starting problems as far as kickback, or starter wear, the starter was off of a wrecked truck and have run it for 3 years now. Just my two cents.

yellowjacket45
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 37
posted February 10, 2002 06:04 PM
we run a locked dist. and like it alot. we pull off the weights and tackweld the arm, run and msd modual,dui coil,cap and rotor set it 36 starts and runs with no problem.

spde
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 63
posted February 10, 2002 09:17 PM
I run a locked dist. also. I think its a good idea. We run about 32 degrees advance and I dont have any problems starting the car. I do prime the carb first. I have had problems with the advance kits breaking and then your really in a mess. It happen once in a 1500 to win race. That was the last time!! To lock the dist. down, pull your rotor off take off the weights and springs, then weld the base. When you weld it up hit the middle were your weights were then weld a little on the outside, you may have to grind this down for the rotor to fit back on. ltr gl spde

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hiredgun
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 16
posted February 13, 2002 10:26 AM
I have done this also. i wired the system to turn the motor over and you flip the switch after it spins a few times and your fired up. Had no problems after warm or hot
quote:
Originally posted by new8:
IS A DIST LOCK OUT A GOOD IDEA? AND IF IT IS, CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT! CAN YOU ALSO EXPLAIN THE DOWN SIDE.
THANKS.

[This message has been edited by hiredgun (edited February 13, 2002).]

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