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Now you can dial you distributor with out all the guess work. Crane came out with a new distributor all electronic for street and strip. It has 36 preprogramed advance curves that you choose with the simple turn of a switch on the outside. NO more unrealiable springs and weights or vaccumm advance lines and PODS. You get the same exact curve each and everytime. Nothing but super reviews on Hot Rod TV. JEGS# 270-1000-1501
 

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Nice piece for drag racing. I modified my dist to do most of what that one will do but the problem with it is it has no Vacuum advance and will kill your Gas Mileage, and do little if anything for our bikes. I would have one of those for a racer but the way we use them it is not the answer and not worth it, at the low RPM's we turn. Killer race Motors will turn 8,500 to 10,000 rpm's all the time but we don't have a real need for it unless we just want to have some bragging rights.

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Adrain - sorry but I stronly disagree with you on that one.Electronic timing and setting of the advance electronically is 1000 times more accurate then using a vaccumm pod and some springs. You got heat, friction, and metal fatigue that effect the old way.. Most of your autos today use electronic advance , springs and weights are on their way out. Bragging rights have absolutely nothing to do with it (?) You can bring in the advance at the exact same rpm everytime, hence better MPG and performance. Set it and forget.. plug those vaccumm lines..move up to the 2000's!!!
 

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My .02 in an area I'm pretty weak with. Just ask Neil Weber, hee hee.

The springs and weights are a pain in the ass. Between screwing with them on the distributor and doing the same with the shift governor on the Turbo 350, I've spent countless hours, gotten lots of frustration, and have viewed it as 60's technology. The distributor isn't as bad as the tranny but same concept. Try using the combos of six different weights with 6 different springs and then having to go out and try it to see if you're successful with each combo.

In respect to the distributor, which vacuum port? What spring? Weight?blah blah blah. I've noticed little to no difference in mileage on the bigblock with or without the advance pod. Better throttle response but under performance application or street, I'd way prefer doing it electronically. I like the looks of that distributor a bunch.

Adrian, remember the fun we used to have with points and rotor on rainy days before the electronic ignition? I sure don't miss those days under the hood of a 283 or 327 pulling caps and drying them out. GM could have at least done the Ford trick and put 'em up front, hee hee.

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We don't have the computers that are on the cars of today and we don't have an external coil which this requires plus we don't have the other Crain equipment required to make it work. When you get done you will have $500 in a unit that will make little to no difference in the way we use the Boss Hoss now, or at least most of us.

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I received the distributor, coil and module already. Will not be able to install for a few weeks. Believe me, it's not bragging rights I'm into. Just seems to me that, as Eddie said, that weights on pivots, springs that either stretch or change tension with temperature differences cannot be as efficient and reproducible as an electronic setup. Call me an asshole but better just seems better to me and I'd rather try out the system for $520 than a pair of air dams, laser lights or some othe chrome doodad for the same price. Christ, some guys pay more for pinstriping!
I will give all my impressions about it when it's done and will be as oblective as I can be. I will also keep the stock setup I have with the Crane adjustable upgrade until I'm satisfied that the electronic ignition is truly better. Not into bragging...just trying to improve upon an old technology which the major car companies have given up years ago.
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I didn't mean to sound as if I were singling you or anyone else out about going with the Crain distributor. It is a fine looking piece of equipment and no doubt could make some difference on the serious, huge horse power, super RPM machines it would be worth the time, forget about the cost. Some how the price is not as big as a factor these days as it was early in my life but I still don't want to waste my money.
One other thing Joe. I had set my distributor up with total advance at 1,200 rpm but my gas mileage went away and some of the power on low end. I listen to you about the Crain vacuum advance so I finally got one and you were right on. It does a great job and makes me happy so thanks for the tip.

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The Crane electronic system DOES use a vacuum advance so that is not an issue. It reads the vacuum and advances the timing electronically and the amount of advance from the vacuum is adjustable. The ignition module, however is big and heavy which may pose a problem in terms of space. I may have to go to the PC 680 battery for room. Will keep you informed of my venture.
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Eddie was wrong about the vacuum advance. The Crane electronic unit has a hookup for the vacuum advance but the amount of advance can be dialed in electronically rather than mechanically. The ignition module seems very big and heavy to me but will see if I can find a place for the install. You are correct; I probably don't need it but I've always spent too much on **** I don't need and maybe this is one of those times. No summer place, I don't golf or have a boat and the Boss is really my only avocation so I'm willing to spend some money on the ignition knowing full well it may be bull****. This is why I'm not yet retired but this is me.
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Wow Joe, I'd make room. I think the crane engineers and sema know a little more then us. You'll feel the difference! Going to a HD HEI coil is not the answer for performance, light years in reverse from that crane setup you have. Now that would be a waste of money, you would't notice one bit of difference. You have the most accurate street distributor on the market.

CRANE'S STREET/RACE DISTRIBUTOR
NAMED "BEST NEW PRODUCT" AT SEMA SHOW!
Las Vegas, NV - The coveted “Best New Performance-Street Product” award at the SEMA Show was presented to Crane Cams in recognition of the firm’s innovative new Street/Race Electronic Distributor. The versatile, accurate and rugged new distributor is ideally suited for a multitude of applications, including drag and circle track racing, off-road (2x4 and 4x4 trucks) and street use. Units are available for small block and big block Chevy and Ford V8 engines, including both “small cap” and “large cap” applications.

Important technical features include a unique optical triggering system, the ability to dial-select from 27 different mechanical/vacuum advance curves, and a timing accuracy of ± one-half degree at all RPM levels (nearly equal to that of a crank trigger system). The housing is precision CNC-machined from 6061-T6 aluminum billet, has a composite lower bearing and comes with a steel gear that’s compatible with any type camshaft (cast or billet core). Components are urethane sealed for protection from dirt, vibration and moisture, further assuring maintenance-free service. It comes with a standard mag trigger plug and is compatible with most Crane HI-6 and other popular aftermarket magnetic trigger ignitions.

With the addition of the new Street/Race Electronic Distributor, Crane Cams’ FireBall™ ignition products line is now complete. The award-winning distributor, fully-digital multi-spark ignitions, high output E-core coils, and the industry’s lowest resitance wire (just 25 Ohms!) provide performance enthusiasts with the most advanced and efficient total ignition system on the market.

Detailed information on the new Street/Race Electronic Distributor and the complete ignition package —as well as dealer sourcing— can be found on Crane’s popular website, www.cranecams.com. You can also call 386-258-6174 for personalized technical assistance, or write to Crane Cams, 530 Fentress Blvd., Dept. _____, Daytona Beach, FL 32114.





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