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Just thought I'd give my opinion on a new set of MSD plug wires, for those that might be considering these.
I didn't want red wires under my hood (looks like a circus) but MSD makes a black set as well.
These wires are about $80 and that's twice the cost of most but I thought I'd take a chance and see. Dealing with Amazon, you can always return them.

Super conductor wire set PN- 31373- for BBC- socket style for old school distributor caps with the female ports, 8.5 mm BLACK, with gray boots.
Lowest resistance at 40-50 ohms per foot. (allot of others are around 500 ohms)
High EMI suppression
Dual crimp terminals for a strong connection
The boots can be bent for header clearance and they stay bent.

The quality is excellent, assembled in Mexico. The clearance is great with the bendable boots. The bite on the spark plug is excellent. Overall, worth the extra money in quality. Not too much room left with the bigger boots on the distrib. cap, but they fit. They also give the plastic numbers for each wire that fit up near the cap as well. I have the wire looms and only had a problem with #7 and the steering shaft, as it was very close to the loom. I left that wire out of the loom. Here are there lengths
#1 and 2-39"
#3 and 4- 36"
#5- 29"
#6- 28"
#7- 27"
#8- 26"
I have a 6al box, blaster coil from 10 years back, and an MSD distributor. All are over 10 years old and perform beautifully. Never a problem.
Yes, all these MSD parts cost more than most, but from my backyard, they never miss a beat.
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Any good set of magnetic suppression, spiral, or "Magna" core wires will work the same. The best of the bvest used to be Borg-Warner "Select" series wires, they have a new sub-name now, never had any issues with any of those I have used.

B-W makes almost all the wires sold under all the different names in this country.
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Just thought I'd give my opinion on a new set of MSD plug wires, for those that might be considering these.
I didn't want red wires under my hood (looks like a circus) but MSD makes a black set as well.
These wires are about $80 and that's twice the cost of most but I thought I'd take a chance and see. Dealing with Amazon, you can always return them.

Super conductor wire set PN- 31373- for BBC- socket style for old school distributor caps with the female ports, 8.5 mm BLACK, with gray boots.
Lowest resistance at 40-50 ohms per foot. (allot of others are around 500 ohms)
High EMI suppression
Dual crimp terminals for a strong connection
The boots can be bent for header clearance and they stay bent.

The quality is excellent, assembled in Mexico. The clearance is great with the bendable boots. The bite on the spark plug is excellent. Overall, worth the extra money in quality. Not too much room left with the bigger boots on the distrib. cap, but they fit. They also give the plastic numbers for each wire that fit up near the cap as well. I have the wire looms and only had a problem with #7 and the steering shaft, as it was very close to the loom. I left that wire out of the loom. Here are there lengths
#1 and 2-39"
#3 and 4- 36"
#5- 29"
#6- 28"
#7- 27"
#8- 26"
I have a 6al box, blaster coil from 10 years back, and an MSD distributor. All are over 10 years old and perform beautifully. Never a problem.
Yes, all these MSD parts cost more than most, but from my backyard, they never miss a beat.
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I agree. These are great wires. I have the red ones. The boots are a perfect length, allow a great hand grip, they are bendable, and they stay bent. In addition, I have not seen the boots discolor from header heat. Mine have been on about six years and they still look brand new. I have taken the boots on and off the spark plugs many, many, many times and they are all still tight and give that nice snap when they go on. You cannot go wrong with these wires. Here is a pic that shows how you can bend the boots to fit right between the headers and stay clear of heat. I routed mine "high and wide" and chewed up some of the "extra length" at the distributor, then, I used spacers to make it look clean.

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I've been using the MSD 8.5 wires for the last 20 years on my race engines. I used the red and the black. These were the universal cut to fit length and I never had a bad wire in multiple sets on that car with an MSD 7AL-2 plus box and Pro Power coil. I actually just took the last set I took off the race car last year and put them on my SS 396 car.

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Boyd, let's see that engine and wires!

I use Granatelli zero Ohm solid core wires, they have a ferrite ring on them that eliminates RFI and they have a lifetime warranty and are US made.

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