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#2588118 - 12/06/18 12:44 PM MSD RTR Distributor Anyone?
Mag162 Offline

Registered: 11/07/13
Posts: 13
Loc: Long Island New York
Thinking of going to HEI finally and pulling the pertronix.
Has anyone used this kit?
I know I can get the mopar performance kit but I havent had good luck with them.

#2588214 - 12/06/18 04:13 PM Re: MSD RTR Distributor Anyone? [Re: Mag162]
John_Kunkel Offline
I Live Here

Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 19957
Loc: Rio Linda, CA
I'm running the MSD 8388 RTR distributor on my LA it.
I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

#2588277 - 12/06/18 06:01 PM Re: MSD RTR Distributor Anyone? [Re: Mag162]
ChinooK440 Offline
super stock

Registered: 01/14/04
Posts: 920
Loc: Chicago illinois
I have put about 20k miles on one in my RV that came with it when i bought it and not sure how many miles the p.o. put on it but it,s been trouble free and runs / starts great.

THE one thing i don,t like about is that it,s not field repairable . If the internal module goes bad you have to send it to MSD for repair . They don,t sell a replacement module for it and they said you have to send it in for repair if you have an issue .

#2588278 - 12/06/18 06:02 PM Re: MSD RTR Distributor Anyone? [Re: Mag162]
Supercuda Offline
I want my mommy!!

Registered: 09/04/07
Posts: 14497
Loc: up yours
not a fan of proprietary stuff. If I can't get the parts form the local parts store I will pass on the "new and improved" hype.
They say there are no such thing as a stupid question.
They say there is always the exception that proves the rule.
Don't be the exception.

#2588455 - 12/07/18 03:40 AM Re: MSD RTR Distributor Anyone? [Re: Mag162]
Car Nut Offline

Registered: 04/06/14
Posts: 575
Loc: Zombieland
I heard or read somewhere that the MSD RTR will not work with some heads, does anyone know which ones?

#2588491 - 12/07/18 07:38 AM Re: MSD RTR Distributor Anyone? [Re: Car Nut]
GY3 Offline

Registered: 12/13/13
Posts: 2636
Loc: Wichita
I bought some MSD stuff from our local race car builder last week. We were talking about the fading quality of MSD stuff. His comment was they WILL NOT sell the ready to run Ford SB distributors because they are 3 for 3 with failures.

I run a recurved, rebuilt Chrysler OE magnetic pickup distributor connected to a 6AL analog box. That way I can R&R anywhere with parts from the local parts store. Stone reliability as well.
'63 Dodge 330
11.19 @ 121 mph
Pump gas, n/a, through the mufflers on street tires with 3.54's
10.69 @ 128mph with 150hp shot of nitrous

#2588634 - 12/07/18 12:38 PM Re: MSD RTR Distributor Anyone? [Re: Mag162]
FurryStump Offline

Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 2578
Loc: Connecticut
I ran the rtr distributor in my small block, but converted it over by installing the msd replacement magnetic trigger in the rtr housing in conjuction with the 6al. I used to keep the rtr guts in the trailer so if the 6al died I could reinstall the rtr in the distributor and still run the car. Running mallory dist now.
best of 11.83 @ 116 mph 68 340 formula s fastback,Money delete option,Supercar shootout stock appearing.

#2588660 - 12/07/18 01:41 PM Re: MSD RTR Distributor Anyone? [Re: Mag162]
shorthorse Offline

Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 353
Loc: Ohio
I ran a RTR in my old bracket car. That was about 15 years ago so I'm not sure whether it was of the older MSD quality or newer. It worked great for my application, small block, 6500-7000 rpm's. It's still running.
However, I must agree with GY3's post. First, in 2015 MSD bought Mallory, Mr. Gasket, Lakewood, Quicktime, and Hays. Then, Holley bought MSD. It's really hard to say whether it's growing pains or an industry run by accountants.


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