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Old 09-07-2007, 12:44 AM
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8 or 8,8 mm spark plug wires?

Any noticeable difference between 8 and 8.8 mm spark plug wires?
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Old 09-07-2007, 01:49 AM
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not much. As long as you get spiral core plug wires your in good shape. Avoid cheapy solid core parts store wires and by all means do not buy anything with Accel written on it.
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Old 09-07-2007, 02:12 AM
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The diameter of the wire is more a measure of its insulation ability, not its conductance. If you're running a standard street ignition or even a pretty hot street/strip ignition up to 50,000 volts, 8mm is more than enough.
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Ive seen this quite a bit now. People in here keep saying to stayaway from ACCELL. My question is why? Im a little concerned as i purchased an accell dizzy from jegs awhile back and have yet to install it. When i called to place my order i was told it would work just fine. I bought it for price and that i didnt have to figure out this whole ignition box thing. So if anyone has legitimate concerns with accell please give me the skinny before i install this.
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here's a recent thread about Accell....

general question abou quality of accel ignition components

to be honest, I do have an Accell dist in my car....but all that is left from Accell is the adjustable vac advance and the (then new) shaft and bearings which I needed to mount a Pertronix onto for my mild motor....

what is your motor
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Old 09-07-2007, 11:28 AM
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You can have good luck with ANY set of plug wires, as long as you keep them separated from each other and from any metal on the motor by at least 1"and by using non-conductive separators like wood or plastic.
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Red65mustang, I sent you a PM.
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Any noticeable difference between 8 and 8.8 mm spark plug wires?
No, the conductor is the same. The jacket is thicker.
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8 or 8.8

8.8 wires get more ooohs and aaahs on Cruise Night at the local Burger King.
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Old 09-07-2007, 07:49 PM
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you get even more oohs and aahs with 10 mil Taylor wires.
Ive had my 10 mil wires on my car for about 10 years and 40,000 miles and there still working great.
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But try and find some plug wire holders for those thicker wires.

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Being I had surgery yesterday on my back and can`t get around real good yet, I`ll give the best explanation that I can.
I have posted this in the past. Was years ago, a used to be friend of mine, his cousin and myself, all bought Accel HEI distributor caps for use on our street rods. All three Olds Cutlasses, all with 350 chevy`s. A few days after installation, mine began to run bad for unknown reason, I checked the cap and found it melted, there`s were in the same shape, each melted in the center, the grease was used, the caps were assembled correctly. Another time I used a Accel HEI supercoil, I got a weeks use before it went out. I`ve bought plug wires with high resistance right out of the box, and the consistantcy between the wires in ohms was far apart, one high one low. Accel is part of mr gasket, and there gaskets are okay, I`ve used them many times without issue. Most of there products is made in china or tiawan. I`ve known you can always get bum products from any company, so It`s not like I use it once when I get something bad then say I won`t use them anymore, I gave Accel many chances and got bit each time. After the 3rd strike I don`t use them anymore. I got bad stuff from MSD, but it`s a rarity. I use pertronix now mostly, without a failure yet but I know I`ll get bit by them too somewhere in the future.
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I have Accell Superstock 8.8's on my car right now, there working, got them cause there all summit had for my motor that was cheap enough at the time ( Ford 200 I6 W/ Duraspark II distributor ). It's all fired off with a MSD 6 BTM and blaster 2 coil. once these wires go, I'm getting Jacobs 8.8's, there $137 a set for the 6cyl, so they must be good.
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All I have to say is that mr. gasket is out to make money by outsourcing to other countries, my car is american and nothing else but american parts are going into it, I'm sticking with K&N and MSD they are the best at what they do and they back it up in there warrenties.
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For the most part, the difference between 8 and 8.5 is just that. Insulation.
In the case of MSD there is a significant difference between the 8mm blue and the 8.5 red... the blue 8mm does not hold up well in heat tests. If you were looking for 8mm I'd go with Taylor Spiro Pro if you want something pretty... or Standard OE Plus or BWD Select if you want something more original. Just remember, most of the wires over 8mm are a waste of money.
And regardless of what anybody tells you, a sparkplug wire will not make more power... at best it makes the power your ignition produces get to the plugs.
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