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Old February 3rd, 2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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does anyone have good or bad things to say about cheap HEI distributors like the ones all over ebay?

the last time i checked hei dizzy's werent super cheap, and certainly not for conversion distributors.

some day soon here, i need to re-do pretty much all the wiring on my ramcharger, and was thinking of building myself an HEI to fit in my small block mopar, to help make my wiring job easier.

last night i was finishing up a 258 swap in one of my cj's, and was switching out the points dizzy in the new engine for the electronic dizzy in the old engine. while i had the dizzy out, i was thinking that it cant be too hard to do an HEI on this as well, i would probably just need a six cyl hei to start with.

i have a few v8 hei's around, but no sixes, so i booted up ebay to see what a sixer costs.

the first two dizzys listed were ...
1.) small block mopar conversion dizzy
2.) jeep 258 conversion dizzy

both were 65-75 dollars.

the mopar doesnt have the coil in the cap, for clearance reasons, but it still has the control module.

for that price, to hell with building one, ill just buy an all new one, unless they are POS that will cause me problems.

so, are the $75 HEI conversion distributors worth a flying crap, or should i just build one myself anyway, using quality oem parts to start with?
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 11:15 AM   #2
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I bought one off of Ebay for my CJ7. I loved it, it made a big difference. Never had any issues with it in the year that I had it before the Jeep sold.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 11:25 AM   #3
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I asked the same questions you did about a year ago. I was cautious also.

So, fast forward...............I geared a GM unit to run in my plow jeep.

used GM 6cyl Dist on ebay $45
replacement gear on ebay $17

Its great , even on my seldom used (original) '83 258-6

I have also purchased a "cheap" (read that Made in China)unit on ebay for $65 to put in my plow jeep when I take the GM unit for use in the jeep currently under construction. I tested that unit in the plow jeep this winter............all I can say is that I can't tell the difference between the 2. Both are MUCH better (cold starts and plowing) than the factory unit.
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Just do a tfi upgrade to the factory diizzy. google it
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to build one myself, (like i originally planned), do i need the strait six hei, or would one from a TBI 4.3 V6 work as well? i think the 4.3's had the small cap version, and i might even have one squirreled away somewhere.
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ive done the tfi a few times in the past, and have already done the ford cap and rotor on this one, which helps out, and will probably just to the tfi coil as well, but im actually more interested in getting a dizzy for my SBM in my ramcharger, mostly to help with my complete new wiring job that i need to do soon.

i was mostly wondering about the jeep version for ease of compatibilty when i do a TBI swap in the future.
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bought a brand new one for my 84 cj works great 99 dollars works best w/8mm wires
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