Nitrous and Magnetos

Old 01-14-2009, 04:23 PM
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I am considering a Mallory magneto for my engine but I will be using nitrous. Is it advisable to use a mag with nitrous???
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:29 PM
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I believe you will lose more than you gain. Your idle quality will suffer and your will only have a short range of perfect firing.
A box that offers multiple advance reductions is much better.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:31 AM
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A mag will work fine, If its a race car your probably going to have your timing locked out anyway so I don't see how thats going to going to affect idle quality. If your just running 1 stage just set the timing to where it needs to be when the nitrous is on and you won't need the retard stages. If you sometimes run on motor only a box might be better so you don't have to physically change the timing back and forth
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:49 AM
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I'm curious about the idle quality statement? Why would idle quality suffer?
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:27 PM
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I am courious as well, I think I kinda get what you are saying about a fixed range of timing or perfect range of timing, but??????? :?:
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:46 PM
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2 pennies worth.
Magnetos and high cylinder pressures, ie nitrous or blowers are a good marriage. If you go with the MSD you can add on all those timing widgets again.

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Old 02-14-2009, 09:53 AM
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Default I'm curious about the idle quality statement? Why would idle

That was my experience. I tried fixed timing, but tough to crank, even backfiring. I tried using 12 degrees of mechanical advance but had to set the total advance based on the second stage maximum timing.
When I finanly went to muli stage box, I could idle at lower RPM and reduce timing when stages kicked in.
Disclamer: This was several years ago and technology has tried to pass me by several times. After watching the pro teams, I am guessing you can do anything with timing with enough money. Just my experience...
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:00 AM
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Idle quality hasn't been a problem with the MSD mags but then I don't run a race engine idle low rpm like a oem engine.
I suppose that until one tries the 12 or 20 amp versions it's hard to believe the differences versus the old mags or conventional cd ignition. I know I was surprised. I started with the old 1 and 2 amp mags many moons ago and then the MSD stuff until about 10 years ago. Now I use the 20 amp mag.

There is a quantum leap between the old vertex style and the new mags.
Starting. These days on injected engines with either style of ignition I recommend 24 volts to the starter. Makes life a whole bunch easier. Works well on giant cube engines also.

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Old 03-06-2009, 07:16 PM
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Thanks for the response guys. I ended up getting an MSD 7al-3. I will eliminate the points in my current distributor and add a pro power coil to light up the engine. Nothing against mags but I can't believe how much the MSD 7al-3 does!! It will fit my application perfect.
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