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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 4:58 pm    Post subject: hot spark svda distributor Reply with quote

what do you guys think of the Hot-Spark BOS4V1 electronic ignition and distributor. Check out the link below for info on it.

http://www.hot-spark.com


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's a cheap copy of the Pertronix, which i'm not a big fan of.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that was my thought. what about the distributor I put a link to?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like a Bosch 009. I'm not a fan of them.

What engine/carb do you have?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

weber progresive with a 009. this other one has vacuum advance.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a tough combo in a bus. Aren't you a 2.0L type 4?

I would suggest going here and reading up some. http://www.type2.com/library/fuel/weber-progressive.html
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2L stock type4 with weber progresive and 009 with points.I'm trying to get my van to stop falling on it's face during initial acceleration.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a few guys here that love that combo and are great tuners to get it all to work really well, but I am not. IMNSHO, that is the worst combo you could possibly have.

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http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=217070
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMNSHO?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dvrdwn wrote:
IMNSHO?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I got a dirt stock 71 bus. 1600 dual port. This thing ain't much money, hotter spark, 3 year replacement warranty. No adjustment, stable dwell. The add sells me and I'm going to "give it a whirl." Pun intended.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dvrdwn wrote:
2L stock type4 with weber progresive and 009 with points.I'm trying to get my van to stop falling on it's face during initial acceleration.


Man, thats a deadly combo! Atleast give a stock dizzy a chance...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just gonna try the module, not the dizzy.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just placed order online, $47.00 including delivery. If it does half of what it says it will, worth it.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheTominator wrote:
Just placed order online, $47.00 including delivery. If it does half of what it says it will, worth it.


Tominator,

If you are buying the module for the vacuum advance kit (BOS4V1), follow these instructions here:
http://www.hot-spark.com/Installing-Hot-Spark.htm

When I bought mine, they give you a printout with instructions but there was a typo on the air gap setting. It says to set it at 1.85mm (about .075 inch.) and when I read this I wrote the owner telling him it seemed to be too much gap. He admitted it was a typo, he was sorry and to follow the website's updated instructions. Just a little heads up if you receive the same printout.... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Splitty, Just finished giving the sales dept. a hard time about about some convolutions in my purchasing experience vis a vis Paypal or credit card, no biggie, needs improvement though.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got it, I installed it, I like it a lot. I ran out of daylight and just put the dizzy about where it was before install. I'll time it when I get a chance. It started right up and ran strong. I did install a new coil, because as it turns out, the module needs a good one. That probably helped some as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The more you drive it let us know how it does
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been running a set for about 3 weeks. Seemed great at first during cold weather. When weather warm up a couple of weeks ago and engine warmed up I started getting ignition misses! Went through all the troubleshooting and testing! Coil is bosch blue with 3.6 ohms, with alt. puttin' out about 14 volts @ 3000 rpms is right at the hotspark limit for amps! Around 4! Went and installed the ballast resistor, thought it cured problem but then another problem arose, not enough spark with resistor! Hard to start cold and when warmed up wouldn't ignite mixture properly! Car would sputter and miss and slowly lose power! I would pull off road, bypass resistor, and car would instanly run great again! Dammit! What else!?! Then go down road a few miles and ignition would start missing again! Believe Me, when that happened, I pulled into shop, slapped timing light on it and You could tell it was spark miss, rev it up and would almost quit firing all together! I'm sending hotspark and see what they can do to help Me! And I was getting plenty of fuel, You could smell it in exhaust when missfiring but not when it ran right! I'm running spare 009 w/compufire for now but I really wand My svda back on there! 34pic3 runs so much better with it! Hopefully they'll help Me get it right! I've gotten real good swapping dizzy's! Guess it's a good thing to learn, although it is a pain in the ass to move plug wires 90 degrees 'cause the 009 doesn't match svda! Scott Sorry, let Me add 1641 dp mainly stock with stock exhaust, cooling flaps, stock oil bath, 34pic3
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had major problems with mine. Bus would start rough and die after a few minutes. Giving it gas made it die quicker. After a little hassle I was able to send it back and they sent a new unit with the same old screws and plate from the original. Seems to work well now. I've heard a few people have problems with the first one they receive. Next time I'll spend the extra $30 and get a Compufire or Pertronix.
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