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How to Build High-Performance Ignition Systems (S-A Design) (Sa Design) (Sa Design) (Sa Design) [Paperback]

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This revised and updated edition of How to Build High-Performance Ignition Systems is the complete guide to understanding automotive ignition systems, from old-school points and condensers to modern computer-controlled distributorless systems, from bone-stock to totally aftermarket.
Author Todd Ryden leads you through the various components, systems, and subsystems, explaining the theory behind how the parts work with each other to achieve the ultimate goal of efficient combustion. Coils, wires, spark plugs, distributors, magnetos, inductive systems, CD ignitions, multiple-spark systems, computer ignition controls, and rev limiters are explained using clear text and 275 color photos and wiring diagrams.
This book will help you understand how your car s ignition works, and it will help you choose the right components for your car s performance needs, whether it s a 55 Chevy with a 265-ci small block or a 2007 Civic Si with 2.0-liter VTEC K20Z3 engine. How to Build High-Performance Ignition Systems can help you understand and upgrade all types of ignition technology, from points and vacuum advance, to coil-on-plug distributorless systems.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Weight:   1.16 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 21, 2008
Publisher   S-A Design
ISBN  1932494715  
ISBN13  9781932494716  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Author Todd Ryden works for MSD, a leading manufacturer of performance ignition systems; his how-to articles have appeared in magazines such as Car Craft, Super Rod, Chevy Truck, and Custom Classic Trucks.

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Reviews - What do customers think about How to Build High-Performance Ignition Systems (S-A Design) (Sa Design) (Sa Design) (Sa Design)?

Awesome!  Sep 1, 2008
This is a great book. It describes in detail how every component of the ignition system works. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is building there own ignition or even if you are just troubleshooting your stock ignition.
High Performance Ignition Systems-Basic operation to building the best.  Aug 13, 2006
I found this book to be very informal taking the reader from the basic operation of the automotive ignition systems to determining which system would best suit your need. A must have addition to the diy person/professional library of automotive repair. I couldn't put the book down.
Need ignition how-to info? This book's got it all.  Nov 29, 2004
This is one of the better books on high-performance and racing ignition to come along in quite a while. How to Build High-Performance Ignition Systems is a comprehensive guide to understanding everything from old-school, points and condenser systems, to modern, computer-controlled, distributorless ignitions and from bone-stock systems to race-only, totally aftermarket ignitions.

This book helps you understand how your car's ignition works and it helps you choose the right components to better its performance, be it a '55 Chevy with a 265 small-block or a 2004 Corvette with a 5.7L LS6. Coils, wires, spark plugs, distributors, distibutorless systems, inductive ignitions, CD ignitions, multiple-spark systems, computer ignition controls, rev limiters-all are covered for both street and race applications.

Author, Todd Ryden, who's day job is working for one of the aftermarket ignition industry leaders, Autotronic Controls Corporation, manufacturer of the well-known "MSD" brand, leads you through the various systems, subsystems and components, explaining theory behind their operation and how the parts work with each other to provide an accurate, powerful ignition system.

In spite of Ryden's employment at Autotronic Controls, the book is not biased towards MSD parts. Components and systems from a fair amount of the aftermarket ignition companies besides the MSD brand, including Crane, Mallory, Electromotive, Performance Distributors, Pertronix and others, are covered in the book. Mr. Ryden is to be complimented for this impartiality.

The book's strongest points are its discussions of basic ignition theory and components in the early chapters, its discussion of the advanced-technology ignition products used in high-end racing applications towards the end of the book, its high-quality photography and that it covers a wide range of ignition components from stock, point distributors and inductive ignition to crank-triggers, individual coil racing systems with all sorts of add-ons like multi-step rev limiters, timing controls and window switches.

Weaknesses are few. There is not enough coverage of and perhaps even a little confusion about detonation and pre-ignition. In a section on distributor gears, there's no mention of the pressed-on, cast iron distributor drive gears which have made it possible to run roller cams on the street with the durability we've come to expect from flat tappet cams. Lastly, there's little mention of blown fuel and blown alcohol drag racing ignitions. Admittedly, few of this book's readers require that, but it would have been interesting just because of some of the high technology in those kinds of ignition products.

Todd Ryden's How to Build High-Performance Ignition Systems is, the good job it does in explaining today's high-performance, automotive ignition systems. This book will be a welcome addition to any automotive technical book collection.

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