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Does anyone have an answer to this:
NASCAR uses a power supply that boosts 12v to 18v for their MSD.
Do you have any thoughts about what that does to energy delivery?

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Does anyone have an answer to this:
NASCAR uses a power supply that boosts 12v to 18v for their MSD.
Do you have any thoughts about what that does to energy delivery?
Yes. The MSD box does not have a regulated power supply so 18v will raise the HV voltage to around 800v. The only reason you might need that much voltage is for very high cylinder pressure.

It would lead to all sorts of problems on our cars. I know of a race car that runs a 600V ignition. Eats a plug set in two outings.
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Yes. The MSD box does not have a regulated power supply so 18v will raise the HV voltage to around 800v. The only reason you might need that much voltage is for very high cylinder pressure.

It would lead to all sorts of problems on our cars. I know of a race car that runs a 600V ignition. Eats a plug set in two outings.
If this situation (18v) eats plugs after two outings, does that suggest that the energy/spark is increased?

If higher energy eats spark plugs does it also eat rotors and dist. caps?
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drama time anyone ? If you like reverse my #1 and #2 I think I have the order correct.
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drama time anyone ? If you like reverse my #1 and #2 I think I have the order correct.
But William, you are one of the "cool kids" that has been bullied into posting what someone else thinks. You must be an idiot for not ever using a single MSD ignition with 2 coils in any of your builds. You must be an idiot for using 993 Twin Turbo head studs in all of your important builds.

Of course, since you are a "cool kid" and an idiot, I must be an idiot for choosing you to build my engine.

It must be just blind luck that have an engine that works at all.....

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In the FAQ section of MSDs website it talks about running different input voltage into the MSD CDI and states that between 10v and 16v the output will be the same because the output is regulated.
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That's the digital box. The analog MSD is not regulated.
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drama time anyone ? If you like reverse my #1 and #2 I think I have the order correct.
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But William, you are one of the "cool kids" that has been bullied into posting what someone else thinks. You must be an idiot for not ever using a single MSD ignition with 2 coils in any of your builds. You must be an idiot for using 993 Twin Turbo head studs in all of your important builds.

Of course, since you are a "cool kid" and an idiot, I must be an idiot for choosing you to build my engine.

It must be just blind luck that have an engine that works at all.....

Talk about drama:
This is a perfect example of what happens when confirmation bias meets desperation.
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That's the digital box. The analog MSD is not regulated.
Thanks for the clarification, Aaron.

I know some folks are having a hard time not getting bent but I think this is a great thread with valuable information.
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Thanks for the clarification, Aaron.

I know some folks are having a hard time not getting bent but I think this is a great thread with valuable information.
Sorry, I should have said 'some' MSD boxes are not regulated.

On that topic, here's a video I made some time ago showing how a Bosch CDI coil voltage varies with battery voltage and also RPM:

https://youtu.be/K65slwl__dk
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Talk about drama:
This is a perfect example of what happens when confirmation bias meets desperation.
Dude, just stop...You and Scottie seem to have the same illness.
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^ yeah, not sure what I've stepped into here. Just trying to offer an EE perspective. Gonna duck out for a bit.
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^ yeah, not sure what I've stepped into here. Just trying to offer an EE perspective. Gonna duck out for a bit.
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Jonny, You need to buy an old MSD 6A and test it (no longer made from what I hear). The rated voltage occurs at 18V on the two I own from 20 years apart. They give a battery voltage range and then made the claim of voltage when in fact it was for 18V, not a typical 14V. The old MSD 6A is actually quite gutless when a single spark in the series is considered. I can't speak for their other products as I have not tested those. It doesn't get anywhere near 800V at 18V applied! Fred

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Yes. The MSD box does not have a regulated power supply so 18v will raise the HV voltage to around 800v. The only reason you might need that much voltage is for very high cylinder pressure.

It would lead to all sorts of problems on our cars. I know of a race car that runs a 600V ignition. Eats a plug set in two outings.

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Nascar Cup cars quit using MSD boxes when the R07 engine came out (2011?) At least that was when it was in testing.
The biggest problem with MSD boxes in the pro categories was that some (most?) teams were adding traction control internally and nascar couldn't police it effectively. Mclaren/Freescale ECU's are effectively anti tamper proof, where any modifications are traceable and detectable at the track. The MSD boxes were routinely sent back to MSD to look for any modifications. That took days.
The way that the traction control worked was in conjunction with the rev limiting software. If the engine rpm climbed above a certain rate, the ignition timing was retarded. There were no wheel speed/driveshaft speed, car speed sensors needed, only the engine speed input. And obviously the ignition box needed to see that. We all pointed fingers at each other and it all seemed to get swept under the rug with nobody ever getting "busted" for it. Until EFI and the Mclaren ECU's came out and leveled the playing field.
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Dan - great NASCAR story!

In my case, with an LSD and relatively low HP, wheel spin isn't an issue unless the track is wet or dirty. Certainly not in a straight line on dry track. Is it wheel spin the fiddling was aimed at preventing?
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Yup, wheel spin. Think about it, if you could come out of a corner, any corner, every corner, and just floor it every single time, without the risk of getting sideways, you'd look like the best driver since Steve McQueen. And the traction control was so good and so fast that it seemed seamless. Lap after lap after lap. And quite honestly, some of the most veteran drivers of all time were seething that some rookie kid could outdrive them after just a few laps on a track they've never seen before, other than on a video simulator.

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