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MSD Electronic Ignition Timing Controllers

Adjustable Timing Control:
The MSD Adjustable Timing Control puts you in control of your ignition timing - from the driver's seat! A dash mounted control knob allows you to adjust the ignition timing to compensate for changes in altitude, low octane gas, or heavy loads. For cars driven every day but raced occasionally on the weekends, this control is perfect. Increased fuel mileage and performance are just some of the benefits as the ignition timing can be advanced or retarded to prevent engine detonation. The control knob mounts to the dash board for easy and accurate timing adjustments up to 15 . The Control can be used on 4, 6 and 8-cylinder engines and must be used with an MSD Ignition Control.

Starter Saver with Signal Stabilizer:
When you install a crank trigger system, having locked out timing may put a strain on the starter and flywheel. This compact controller provides a retard that automatically retards the timing during cranking to ease the pressure. The MSD Starter Saver measures only 1.5 x 3.5 x 2 and wires into your ignition system with only four wires. It can be programmed to retard the timing 10 or 20 during cranking only. The retard is activated when the engine begins cranking and is deactivated once the engine reaches over 800 rpm. (If the engine rpm drops below 500 rpm it will activate again.) The Starter Saver receives the trigger signal through an MSD Crank Trigger pickup or the Distributor s magnetic pickup. This Control has a very accurate pickup compensation circuit resulting in rock steady timing throughout the entire rpm range of your engine. There is also an LED that illuminates with each trigger signal to confirm operation and the circuitry is completely potted in a polyurethane compound for extreme vibration resistance.

Start/Retard Control:
This timing control is the direct result of MSD being at the races and listening to what racers want. With the large number of engines running locked-out timing, racers wanted a simple way to retard the timing during cranking plus have a single stage of retard available for high rpm or nitrous. The Start/Retard Control lets you choose either 10 or 25 of retard during cranking only. The timing will retard only while cranking and returns to the set mechanical timing once the engine starts and you release the key or until the engine reaches 1,300 rpm.
Along with the start retard, this Control also has a single stage of retard. This retard can be activated in times of nitrous to prevent detonation or at high rpm to achieve a little more top end. The amount of retard is adjustable with plug-in modules and is activated by a single wire that can be connected directly to a nitrous solenoid or a micro switch on the shifter. The Start/Retard Control is easy to install and program and i supplied with 2 , 3 and 4 modules. It must be used with an MSD 6, SCI, 7, 8 or 10 Ignition Control.

Digital Multi-Retard:
The Digital Multi-Retard provides four different stages of retard along with an adjustable start retard feature - all of this with no modules! The MSD Multi-Retard uses a high speed RISC microcontroller to direct the timing functions. This controller can make extremely quick compensations to the timing while maintaining accuracy to within 1 . These circuits are thoroughly debounced and isolated for protection against Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI). There is also an innovative Magnetic Pickup Compensation circuit built-in to allow for rock steady timing with a variety of different mag pickups. There are four separate retard stages that can be activated independently or together for a total sum of retards. Each stage is adjustable from 0 - 9 and a maximum of 20 of retard can be pulled out. On top of these great features, there is also an optional start retard circuit that can be programmed to retard the timing 5 , 10 , 15 or 20 during cranking. The Digital Multi-Retard can be used on 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engines and must be used with an MSD Ignition Control.

Three Stage Retard Control:
The Three Stage Retard Control allows you to retard your ignition timing in three different stages. You can activate one retard for a nitrous stage and another at top end in high gear for more mph and still have another module left over for dual stage nitrous systems. When activated together, the retard amounts are cumulative so you get the total of the three. For example, if you pull 2 , then 4 on the second stage and another 2 at top end, the total retard is 8 (2+4+2=8). In addition to the individual retard stages, the Three Stage Retard Control has an optional start retard function that retards the timing 10 or 25 while cranking the engine. This makes starting high compression engines with locked-out timing, such as crank trigger systems, much easier. The Three Stage Retard Control connects easily to your MSD Ignition and can be triggered from points, electronic ignitions, crank triggers or magnetic pickup distributors. The Three Stage is supplied with a 2 , 3 and 4 module and must be used with an MSD 6, SCI, 7, 8 or 10 Series Ignition.

Retard Modules:
MSD Retard Module Kits give you a full selection of retard modules to be used with your Timing Controls.

Retard Module Selector:
The Retard Module Selectors allow you to select between 12 retard amounts with the turn of a dial. The Selectors plug into the retard module receptacle of any MSD Timing Controls.

Universal MSD Ignition Timing Controllers
0 Degree Retard Module$6.25  Add to Cart
0-11 Degree Retard Module Selector$72.90  Add to Cart
0/10-20 Degree Retard Module Selector$72.90  Add to Cart
1,2,3,4,5 Degree Retard Module$30.60  Add to Cart
11,12,13,14,15 Degree Retard Module$30.60  Add to Cart
16,17,18,19,20 Degree Retard Module$30.60  Add to Cart
5,6,7,8,9,10 Degree Retard Module$32.70  Add to Cart
Adjustable$191.30  Add to Cart
Digital Multi-Read$304.70  Add to Cart
Start/Retard$242.90  Add to Cart
Starter Saver$123.70  Add to Cart
Three Stage Retard$275.30  Add to Cart
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