Well i finally got my 77 Rabbit up and running again, took me long enough(laziness). I need new spark plug wires though when i got it they were like hot glued together its terrible. So i need recommendations on a good value buy. My car is not turbocharged 200hp i am not interested in overly expensive ones just a solid buy
8v wires are a whole hell of a lot cheaper than 16v ones.
we're talking around $43 for bosch http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...g%20Wire%20Set
vs $130 for bosch 16v wires.
not sure what the difference is between 77 wires and ones for later models, say a2 platform, but a2 ones are $38. Looks like the fitting for the spark plug is different.
If you want to upgrade, consider ditching the points (if 77 is points)?
I have a spare set of autozone duralast wires from way back in the day before I got into working on cars. Seemed every few years when I went to change spark plugs, I'd break at least one wire (and I don't mean I was yanking on the wire trying to get it off the plug). Go back to autozone and get a new set no hassle. Can't say I ran into issues with those wires ever (maybe I got lucky), but it's definitely a nice warranty if you ever get caught in a bind. At one point, I had a ton of extra wires. Seems they don't always take the old broken ones back when you do exercise the warranty.
Note: I am not endorsing autozone duralast here. But if money is tight and you want to be able to switch out for new plugs any time you want for free. Of course, you're asking for performance parts, so I don't think you'll be running to your local autozone
Last edited by ziddey; 04-03-2012 at 04:45 PM.
I really suck at smog.
well, before i was in the VW scene, i was part of the ricer scene, and all the ricers use resister core wires, and those are CHEAP..
20 bucks a set usually..
and yes, 77 rabbit has points..
i would get rid of the points n condenser before anything else..
install an ignition system out of a 85-88 golf or jetta.. not from a GTI or GLI..
the GTI/GLI ignition system is BETTER, but you dont need it on a bone stock 1.6L engine.. it just adds a bunch of complexity that you dont need.. the ignition systems on CIS-lambda cars were vacuum advance, and had the hall sender.. all you need is the ICM, the dizzy, and a few other things.. you could go about removing the ignition wiring from the main engine harness, or you could come up with your own wiring for it.. its not hard at all..
the electronic ignition will be a NICE upgrade to this ride..
unless you have a 77 carburated rabbit, in witch case it already has electronic ignition..
Last edited by Glegor; 04-03-2012 at 05:08 PM.
I have found the Bosch mk1 wires to be too insecure at the wire-to-terminal connections, at the distributor cap ends. Don't know if they are still made the same way.
Over the years, I have read a couple similar complaints to mine.
The NGKs are better in that regard. Price is about the same, I think around 20-25$ a set last time I checked. I'd say they are the "solid buy" like the OP is wanting--just basic, quality wires.
I do not extend that criticism to the Bosch mk2 wires which use the pin-type attachments to the coil and cap. They appear to be very secure and well-made. Of course, to use those wires, the cap and coil have to be the pin-type, too. I am sure the pin-style makes a better electrical connection, an upgrade.
NGK's don't have the visible OEM metal resistor jacket at the plugs, but do have the built-in resistance, as far as I know. I am not sure how critical that could be regardless, now that nearly all plugs are resistor-types, anyway.
I use either Beru or Bosch caps and rotors, nothing else.
Last edited by chickenfriend; 04-10-2012 at 12:48 PM.