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Old March 24th, 2014, 09:33 PM   #21
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This was a very good write up.
Tested all major spark plug wires. My results...

he used a 12.5 long one for each to test. The lower the number the better the wire.

stock LS1 6 in. - 351 ohms

Granatelli 8mm Steel Solid Core Cable - 0.1 ohms
MSD 8.5mm Super Conductor - 71.6 ohms
Accel 8.8 300+ Ferro-Spiral Race Wire - 166.1 ohms
Jacobs Electronics EnergyCore 8.5mm - 178.3 oms
Taylor Spiro Pro 8mm Silicone - 301 ohms
Mallory Pro Sidewinder 8mm Silicone Suppression Wire - 313 ohms
Moroso Blue Maz Spiral Core 8mm - 661 ohms
Magnecor KV85 Competiton 2.5mm - 2053 ohms
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Old March 25th, 2014, 12:41 PM   #22
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I think insulation quality and melt resistance plays a role too...
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Do you know how they do on an ohms test?
When I measured a 2' Quality wire the resistance was 1252ohms Vs. 86ohms with my MSDs.

I've never heard any negative things about Quality wires, but I figured I would share the info. Like Dave said there are other factors to consider. I have MSDs wires and have no issues with them.
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The best conductor, that can't hold 30-50K volts without leakage loss, is not a good choice of wire
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Old March 25th, 2014, 01:17 PM   #25
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How does one measure leakage loss?
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Old March 25th, 2014, 01:24 PM   #27
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How does one measure leakage loss?
I would guess it's complicated, but the phenomena is simply energy in on one end of the wire, minus energy out on the other end of the wire, is loss. If it goes through the insulation, it would be leakage loss. As opposed to resistive loss as might be found from the conductor.
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My guess would be the "leakage loss" is pretty comparable between the higher quality brands.
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My guess would be the "leakage loss" is pretty comparable between the higher quality brands.
Agreed. Which leads back to, how important is resistive loss to a plug wire.
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Sorry I am late back to the party.

To me, this looks like typical cracked/leaking header updrafts, but it is possible without that if you have a SERIOUS amount of heat up there. Those headers were glowing bright red for sure if there is no leak... and little air flow too. Is there damage to any others, or is one extremely different than the rest? If so, it points towards a leak. If they are all crispy, its a general heat issue.

This is a candidate for ceramic boots. I was having the same failures on a particular TT header design until we switched over.
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The angle is wrong on your install. They should all be angled away/up away from the header and heat shield.
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