Likes Likes:  3
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: svda hot spark distributor

  1. #1
    100+ Posts
    User ID
    18635
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    pineville, la
    Posts
    194

    Default svda hot spark distributor

    Any opinions on the svda hot spark distributor. I have one in my trike and my 72 beetle. Weekend before last the module in my beetle went out on the way home. I ordered a spare module to carry on my trike. I took the svda distributor out of my car and put my points and condenser in distributor back in. Has anyone had trouble with the modules going bad. The distributor in my car is a little over a year old. I run the ballast resistor like it says and I am pretty sure my electrical system is good. Just wondering.

  2. #2
    7000+ Posts
    User ID
    16906
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Farmington, NH USA
    Posts
    7,290

    Default

    Beginning of this season I replaced the orig. points type dist. with an electronic unit, & the rig now starts up much faster and the timing seems to be holding better than the original type.

    Not sure what brand/model you're referring to on yours John, but I'm just starting to enjoy the bennies of a Pertronix "Flame-Thrower" SVDA on my trike. Best $139. I've spent on it in quite awhile!


    Not sure about the addition of a ballast resistor, as the stock style blue Bosch coil is working ok for now...

    Isn't it weird that in AMERICA, our flag and our culture offend so many people...but our benefits don't???

  3. #3
    7000+ Posts Jack Klarich's Avatar
    User ID
    24367
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Jax, Fla USA
    Posts
    7,434

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by peteg59 View Post
    Beginning of this season I replaced the orig. points type dist. with an electronic unit, & the rig now starts up much faster and the timing seems to be holding better than the original type.

    Not sure what brand/model you're referring to on yours John, but I'm just starting to enjoy the bennies of a Pertronix "Flame-Thrower" SVDA on my trike. Best $139. I've spent on it in quite awhile!


    Not sure about the addition of a ballast resistor, as the stock style blue Bosch coil is working ok for now...

    Pete, #1 advantage IMO is no point bounce messing with timing

    That said HEAT is the biggest bad JU JU to ALL electronic ignitions

    a lot of modules can use the help of some die-lectric grease under them when installing the modules

    This helps dissipate heat and keep moisture out

    Ballast resistors are some times needed to cut down the voltage going into the modules

    Chrysler had many problems here in the past
    Nuff Said," Were Burnin Daylight, Lets Ride"(Sober 31years)
    Current ride : 17 FREEWHEELER M8, Power Vision tuner, DK Customs Outlaw air cleaner, modified by me head breather vent with drain, Gutted stock mufflers, (RJS Originals) rear wheel discs , (RJS Originals) custom windshield lower panel, Mighty Mites Love Jugs fans by Papa Zook

  4. #4
    7000+ Posts
    User ID
    16906
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Farmington, NH USA
    Posts
    7,290

    Default

    ^...Great points, (no pun intended), Jack.

    The dist. I purchased/installed was fully assembled when I bought it & I didn't open it up beyond popping off the cap & simply eyeballing the innards briefly, and then popped it right back together.

    The dielectric grease was hopefully applied in the appropriate places at the factory, but now you've got me to thinkin'...
    Isn't it weird that in AMERICA, our flag and our culture offend so many people...but our benefits don't???

  5. #5
    100+ Posts
    User ID
    18635
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    pineville, la
    Posts
    194

    Default Svda hot spark distributor

    The one I have is sold by Hot Spark. I think it was 110.00 shipped. Don't know how good it is compared to other brands. They say to use a ballast resistor so I do. I changed the module and I think it may have had some grease under it. I will check both my trike and bug to morrow. That's easy enough to do. I may have just had bad luck with the module going bad.

  6. #6
    200+ Posts
    User ID
    27904
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Fernley
    Posts
    279

    Default

    I have this SVDA Pentronix from 4 years ago, not a lot of run time on it, but it works and holding up so far.

    Now I have the Solex 40/44 dual carbs, and for the upper RPM range to run right I had to step up to the SVDA.

    Now the blue Bosch coil, is the 3.0 ohm coil, and they do work well in low/mid RPM range, but with time they do break down some at the higher end and the engine is not running at optimum condition.

    Flame Thrower is the new coil I just bought last week, why, because further testing did prove that my old blue bosch coil was breaking down. The newer coils are suppose to deliver a more consistent voltage and spark with the demands of the engines RPM's along with the SVDA dist.

    One can just replace the old blue Bosch coil with a new one and be fine, the SVDA dist. does not need the aftermarket one, but they do claim it will work better with their Flame Thrower dist, why, because they claim it delivers a more stronger consistent spark and meets the load demand of the engine when in the higher RPM range.

    Could it cause your module to fry, yes it can, just like old blue can go bad and give a surge and cause this issue, just another reason why they say change the dist. and upgrade the coil at the same time, as in most all cases we still have old blue setting under the hood keeping the spark going.

Similar Threads

  1. SVDA distributor help
    By starrider1946 in forum VW Powered Trikes
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: 07-25-2015, 01:41 PM
  2. hot tool sale get em while they are hot
    By stacebg in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 10-13-2014, 11:03 AM
  3. Distributor change suggestions
    By matman1972 in forum VW Powered Trikes
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 01-30-2014, 10:40 PM
  4. hot hot hot brings storms
    By oneup in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-07-2014, 06:35 AM
  5. hot hot hot
    By oneup in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 01-06-2014, 04:25 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •