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    I have been tossing around the idea of switching to MSD. Just wondering which one most guys are running. Pro Billet mechanical advance part#MSD-85551, Pro Billet tach drive part# MSD-8571 or Pro billet Ready-to-run marine part# MSD-83606. Any suggestions or pros/cons from you guys running one of these, or another, would be great. Thanks

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    I can tell you this, if your running a tunnel ram the 85551 will not fit. The 85561 has a slip collar for tall decks or heads and manifolds that have been milled a bunch, and the 8570 will fit a BBC with a tunnel ram.
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    ive had the pro billet distributor in mine for about 6 years and no problems. im getting ready to install a tunnel ram over the winter though, so it sounds like i may be shopping for something else if i cant get it to fit

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    for my $$$, i run a Vertex Magneto...no muss, no fuss ...i have had the same 1 for over 40yrs in both BBC & SBC motors...had it cked once about 10yrs ago & still no repairs...i personally wouldnt run anything else...no install issues on any manif's that i have used...plug & play...keeps on tickin' & takes a lickin' ...just my .02 cents

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastRat View Post
    for my $$$, i run a Vertex Magneto...no muss, no fuss ...i have had the same 1 for over 40yrs in both BBC & SBC motors...had it cked once about 10yrs ago & still no repairs...i personally wouldnt run anything else...no install issues on any manif's that i have used...plug & play...keeps on tickin' & takes a lickin' ...just my .02 cents

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastRat View Post
    for my $$$, i run a Vertex Magneto...no muss, no fuss ...i have had the same 1 for over 40yrs in both BBC & SBC motors...had it cked once about 10yrs ago & still no repairs...i personally wouldnt run anything else...no install issues on any manif's that i have used...plug & play...keeps on tickin' & takes a lickin' ...just my .02 cents

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    It's been said a many times............ah, never mind.
    It has worked for 40 years so it has to be the way to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbletop409 View Post
    I can tell you this, if your running a tunnel ram the 85551 will not fit. The 85561 has a slip collar for tall decks or heads and manifolds that have been milled a bunch, and the 8570 will fit a BBC with a tunnel ram.
    did you mean to say some tunnel rams? I have a 85551 with a weiand pro ram and zero issues



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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp Speed View Post
    It's been said a many times............ah, never mind.
    It has worked for 40 years so it has to be the way to go!

    I think all the new boats are using mags
    its a wonder were not riding horses still
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp Speed View Post
    It's been said a many times............ah, never mind.
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    ah, never mind.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlaw View Post
    I think all the new boats are using mags
    its a wonder were not riding horses still
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    Quote Originally Posted by gn7 View Post
    did you mean to say some tunnel rams? I have a 85551 with a weiand pro ram and zero issues
    Just passing on what I was told by MSD tech when I questioned them on compatability with late model cast and sheet metal tunnels.
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    MSD..what a bunch of crap! They are not reliable, don't make any spark or power, and if anything goes wrong, it is the box. NEVER any other reason.
    So, for you guys...get that junk out f your boats and garages. Ship it tro me. I will pay the shipping to get the junk our of your life.
    If I see an 8N ford tractor around, I will send you the mag.
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    Pro billet Ready-to-run marine part# MSD-83606

    Runs beautifully, 2 hard years on it, I went with Hi-Vibration coil, just for the heck of it, and SC wires.

    For all the folks on here who have box failures (and own spare boxes), but a R2R on it for WHEN/IF the box takes a crap, then unplug the box and DRIVE the boat, instead of being towed.
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