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    I am looking to replace my ignition set up and I have been getting mixed reviews. Right now I have a Mallory and am thinking about going with a MSD probillet Dist and ignition box. For those of you that have MSD, have you ever had any problems with the ignition box dying on you or failing in any way? Has anyone had any other problems? Any input would help, Thanks.

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    I think you will get mixrd reviews but more positive than negative. Any box can die at anytime. MSD usually fixes the problem and sends it back "no problems found" to keep there good name. I know 3 people that have had there MSD's underwater and still work fine. They had the regular box not the marine version.

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    Throw a Pertronix in that Mallory and be done. Msd might replace it but what are you supposed to do while they have it.....watch the nice days go bye. Half of people that have their Msd go out on them end up buying another for a spare. A grand in Msd ignitions and a sticker vs $60.00 bucks....
    I added a pertronix into my dual point Mallory and its been trouble free for 3 seasons now. Took me like 30minutes to install and done. Added some Pertronix wires just for the f of it.

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    Never had any problems with my MSD 7ML-2. My old man has the 6 in his play boat and a 7 in his race boat with no problems either, knock on wood!!
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    MSD is the only way to go,the only thing you have to watch is getting them really wet and the ground wire corrosion will fry them so you just keep them clean I have run all the after market ign. on dirt track cars mallory we even used a jacobs once and the MSD is the good stuff just look at how many people use them thats got count for somthing just what I think also if you think you need a back up just keep the mallory in the garage it wont cost you anything and not much work to change to

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    this has been brought up numerous times over the years, more good than bad.
    For me, I was in CP Performance a couple of years ago with the MSD set-up in hand to buy. There were 2 people at the counter ahead of me and both were there trying to return the MSD boxes that failed on them. That was all I needed to put the MSD stuff back on the shelf and buy the Mallory marine magnetic pick-up disty. I've been with it happy ever since.

    Here's the link to the MSD Forums so you can read for yourself what some people are going through-
    http://www.msdignition.com/forum/index.php
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    I've been running MSD complete ignition in my jet boat for years without a problem. I like the fact that the motor will not load up when I idle through a long no wake zone.On the other hand if it goes out and you dont have a spare your screwed.I have the 6M-2 marine version with rev limiter.

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    Also people want to run the 6al box in there boat and I understand the marine is expensive but then they get upset when it quits after it gets wet but thay are built for cars and dont like to get wet

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    My 6al was underwater for three weeks. Boat started the day after I brought it up. Same box and distributor!!!!!!!!! I am sold on MSD!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahitiRat View Post
    Also people want to run the 6al box in there boat and I understand the marine is expensive but then they get upset when it quits after it gets wet but thay are built for cars and dont like to get wet
    I've seen many underhood installations, and last time i checked, it can get pretty wet in there when it rains.

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    I have also had MSD for years without any problems at all here never left me anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cas View Post
    this has been brought up numerous times over the years, more good than bad.
    For me, I was in CP Performance a couple of years ago with the MSD set-up in hand to buy. There were 2 people at the counter ahead of me and both were there trying to return the MSD boxes that failed on them. That was all I needed to put the MSD stuff back on the shelf and buy the Mallory marine magnetic pick-up disty. I've been with it happy ever since.

    Here's the link to the MSD Forums so you can read for yourself what some people are going through-
    http://www.msdignition.com/forum/index.php
    Exactly, Lets see $1000.00 for Msd or 60 for Pertronix...hmmm. 940.00 left over to spend on the something else for the boat.
    The Pertronix bolts right into Mallory without any mods at all. Covered inside the dizzy so its not out in the elements.
    Im not totally dissing Msd....but for the average boat owner its not worth it. I personally like running all day with the family up remote places and not having to worry about a thing.
    Msd should do a promotion like get a free oar with an MSD sticker on it.

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    I have had good luck with msd, a couple yrs. ago I had trouble with a new 6al box, sent it back to them and they fixed under the warrenty and I am still running it today no problems. The only other trouble I had is a magnetic pick up went bad once $20for a new one fixed that.

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    Mines still kicking 15 years old now, wish it would die, to justify a shiney new one
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