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clear ignition wire?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by freebird101, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. freebird101
    Joined: Feb 13, 2009
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    It looks awesome, but where could I find some
     
  2. Not sure where you can find it anymore, but remember that they leak voltage like crazy and can really screw up electronic ignitions, cause misfires and create radio noise.
    Just something to think about
     
  3. thesupersized
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  4. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
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    from Canada

    I used that stuff (transparent red insulation with a tinned
    multi-stranned copper conducter) back in the late-60's-early-70.
    The stuff had negliable electrical resistance, but the electrical
    insulation properies of the clear covering sucked. It would break
    down and start leaking from engine heat after a few thousand
    miles and even when it was still new, if you opened the hood
    on a humid or damp night and revved the engine, you could see
    an electrical carona 'light show' surrounding the engine!. The
    'carona" - actually caused by escaping eltromagetic waves
    ionizing water molecules in the surrounding air, could and would
    induce an electrical current in the ajoining wires, causing missfires
    (not to mention possible detonation too!) at high rpm. If you want
    it just for 'looks' on a mild and mostly 'show engine' it's probably
    ok, but on any sort of serious or high-hp engine, forget about it.

    Speaking of "clear" ignition stuff too ....wondering....does anyone
    remember 'clear' distributor caps? Tried one of those for awile 'back
    in the day' too!! Cool looking, but like the clear plug wires, junk
    for any kind of actual high-performance use.

    Mart3406
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  5. freebird101
    Joined: Feb 13, 2009
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    so from what people are saying, it sounds like a bad idea to get some
     
  6. 8FLEET9
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
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    from MASS.

    pretty sure summit still sells the clear caps
     

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