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Extender resistance with Black Stallion electronic ignition

Discussion in '308/328' started by GT4andMore, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. GT4andMore

    GT4andMore Rookie

    Oct 23, 2020
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    Graham
    Gents,
    Another after-market modification on the new GT4 is an electronic ignition system from Black Stallion Motors (BSM) in Australia. This looks like a nice unit and the car fires up and revs eagerly so I am optimistic this is a good system to have on board. HOWEVER....

    ... at least one of my spark plug extenders is cracked with a piece missing so I ordered a complete set from Superperformance in the UK.

    The old/broken extender has a resistance of 375K ohms. The new extenders have zero resistance. The plugs are Bosch W7DTC also zero resistance.

    I have read endless posts on this forum and elsewhere that state/imply that transistor based ignitions, which I assume includes BSM, need some resistance in the ignition circuit. My instinct therefore is to swap the zero resistance extenders for some with resistance. Whatever happens I don't want to damage the BSM unit as it comes with a non-standard distributor so ending up replacing the entire ignition system for the sake of a $10 extender would be a total disaster.

    Are there any other BSM owners out there who could advise on their extender/plug combination and whether 375K ohms paired with a Bosch W7DTC is in anyway optimal.

    Thanks as always for a great forum.

    Graham

    (BTW the wheels in my last post are still on the car awaiting the renovation/upgrade of the electrics)
     
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  3. AZDoug

    AZDoug Formula 3

    Jun 17, 2009
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    375K ohms is way excessive on any ign system. Carbon core wires have about 1000 ohms/inch resistance, for comparison, a 36" wire is 36K oms

    I have use breakerless electronic ign systems for decades with solid core plug wires and non-resisting spark plugs. Resister plugs is for ~1970s emission control vehicles.

    I have the BSM in my 308 and use the wires they supplied and factory extenders and non-resistor plugs. I never measured the resistance of the extenders, but assumed they were/are about zero. You have whole bunch of resistance built into the airgap on each spark plug.

    Doug
     
  4. GordonC

    GordonC F1 Rookie
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    Aug 28, 2005
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    If you want to change one element, go with the zero resistance extenders and switch to resistor plugs - the NGK BPR7EIX is a popular choice for high energy ignition systems, there are many recommendations here for it with stock Digiplex ignition systems on i and QV cars, as well as with aftermarket ignitions like the Electromotive XDi.
     
  5. GT4andMore

    GT4andMore Rookie

    Oct 23, 2020
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    Fantastic - thanks both. I was planning to replace the plugs anyway so have ordered a set of NGK BPR7EIX and will retain the new, zero resistance, extenders. I will report back once everything is installed. Hopefully it will be a short post!
     

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