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08-23-2003, 10:14 AM
Can you tell me what ingnition System I should get for a 95 Honda Civic Vtec?; will I also need tach adapter, coils and wires or can I use the factory ones?. The Civic has no modification so far, but I am planning to put a cold air intake and headers later....Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks

08-23-2003, 01:07 PM
The recommended ignition system and components for your 1995 Honda Civic Vtec is the MSD SCI-L Ignition, PN 6320, MSD Blaster SS Coil, PN 8207, MSD Modified Distributor Cap, PN 8290 and a set of MSD 8.5mm Super Conductor Spark Plug Wires, PN 32359. If you plan on putting a nitrous system on later then I would substitute the SCI-L Ignition for the MSD Digital SCI Ignition, PN 6350. Here are a few links to the MSD Ignition website that describes each part.

SCI-L, PN 6320

Blaster SS Coil, PN 8207

Modified Distributor Cap, PN 8290

8.5mm Super Conductor Wire Set, PN 32359

Digital SCI Ignition, PN 6350
Instructions - http://www.msdignition.com/pdf/pn6350.pdf

MSD Tech1

08-23-2003, 03:22 PM
Thanks a lot, I followed the links to the products you recomended to my application; we are talking about $350 to $450; that's something easy to afford; and happy to invest if the results are what espected, and I know it will...By the way, I observe the PN8291 will match better to my honda than the PN8290, Am I correct on that, or not necessarilly?....Thanks a lot again.

08-23-2003, 04:33 PM
You are correct, the PN 8291 will fit 95-97 Honda Civic 1.5L/1.6L Vtec applications. The PN 8290 is for 88-91 models.

MSD Tech1

08-24-2003, 04:21 AM
I connected an MSD Blaster SS coil, MSD modified distributor cap and the 8.5 mm spark plug wires to my 1995 Civic. It's well worth it, the ignition is a lot more powerful and you just feel an improvement over the small, dinky, stock ignition coil and wires.

It was just a little work installing the stuff. You have to disconnect the spark plug wires and battery. take off the distributor cap and remove the stock coil inside. The two wires that used to go to the stock coil have to be rerouted. Drill a 3/4 inch whole somewhere at the bottom of the MSD modified distributor cap. This is where those two wires from your old stock coil will go out from. You have to mount the Blaster SS coil somewhere on the frame depending on what is comfortable to reach. The two wires coming out of your distributor assembly from that 3/4 inch whole will then go to the blaster coil. A special spark plug wire from the Blaster coil to a special fitting on the new MSD distributor cap then has to be connected. Then you connect your MSD 8.5 mm wires. The whole thing cost me $200.00 .

A word of advice, if you are going to change to a quality ignition system, change to a set of quality spark plugs too. Use some Bosch platinum +4 plugs or some Denso Iridium spark plugs. That way you maximize on the more powerful ignition.

I am well satisfied with my setup and soon I'd probably install some MSD ignition controls. but as is, it's already well worth the price!!!!

**** make sure those two wires in the distributor cap are WELL INSULATED coz it gets real HOT in there and poor insulation might cause a short ---- BAD BAD STUFF!

08-24-2003, 11:21 PM
Thanks for the update.

MSD Tech1

08-28-2003, 09:14 PM
As I always say:.... Everyday we learn something new....Thanks a Lot GUD_BADOODLES. I will go for the MSD SCI-L Ignition as well...I am already excited to see the results....Thanks again!

08-28-2003, 10:58 PM
Let us know how it turns out.

09-19-2003, 10:18 PM
Ok,...after a couple of weeks waiting for the parts to arrive and installations:
the MSD SCI-L Ignition, the MSD Blaster SS Coil, the MSD Modified Distributor Cap, and of course, a set of MSD 8.5mm Super Conductor Spark Plug Wires, and Bosch platinum plugs;
and another weeks of driving the car; both in the street and offroad driving, I noticed an awesome power improvement: it is purring like a kitten and runs stronger.
Althought that's not all....I also installed a high performace cold air intake, muffler and header as a basic way to improve the stock horsepower a little bit more for now (I am planing to make some major improvements to the engine later). But now I can tell you how it turned out so far....
Well,..at first I hesitated a little to make a hole to the bottom of the MSD modified distributor cap. but then I finally did, It seemed to me a not so easy but at the same time a nice installation.You can notice an improved power regarding the rpms:
At idling and low rpms you can see a nice quicken throttle responce, it smooths out idle and starting, I noticed it reduce spark plug fouling, improve mileage, and also reduce emissions a little. But that's not all; you can really, really, notice the power much more at higer rpms; the car fly smoothly: 1st & 2nd gear acceleration is greatly improved over 2000 rpms; 4th gear feels like 3rd & 5th like 4th,
it sounds awesome too! You can really feel the power everytime you switch from 3rd to 4th and then to 5th gears; then you lower speed to iddle and feel it smooth again.
I just can say it really improved the car overall driving and performance and I'm more than happy with that.
I just can't imagine how will turn out for racing later....


09-21-2003, 06:24 PM
Thank you for the follow up on your previous posts. Your information is useful to everyone. The combination of parts that you put on your engine was a good choice and appears to have helped the performance of your engine.

Thanks again,

MSD Tech1