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#1 wahoowad OFFLINE  

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Posted February 09, 2015 - 10:15 AM

I'm not sure the condition or age of my '78 Onan B48M spark plug wires and figure I'll replace them while replacing some of the other ignition parts. The factory 167-1602 part comes with nipples for the coil end and a terminal that goes down into the coil, but I don't think I need those. Is there a suitable plug wire + boot I can use instead? Anything special about the factory wire/boot before I go to an auto parts store and get a generic plug wire for a couple bucks?

 

 


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Posted February 09, 2015 - 11:01 AM

You'll need to look for wires that are per-electronic ignition.



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Posted February 09, 2015 - 01:27 PM

I would be interested in what you find that will work. I am not against buying a set for a 4 CYL engine such a late model Volkswagon and modifying two to fit my Onan. I haven't gotten to my engine restore yet, but I will be looking for a few parts and gasket set and seals.


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Posted February 09, 2015 - 04:34 PM

Have gotten wires from my local dealer last year for Onan in my Sears at time. Darn things WERE expensive for just a wire, but man they were neat and fit right in and looked good. Seems you have to order singles, don't come as a set. Thinking like $20 or close for each one, Ka-Ching!  All the Onan parts are hard to find and big money. Some sponsors on here have or can get them too I believe.


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Posted February 10, 2015 - 03:41 AM

Twenty bucks apiece holy #### whats that come to about $18 a foot, I would be like Fred Sanford having the big one  



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Posted February 10, 2015 - 08:27 AM

My Onan has a set of old high perfomance points type auto ignition wires on it, Accel maybe?

You can buy a complete set of some that are make your own length then customize them. I think some stores may sell separate wires, I dunno. I sure ain't paying $20 per wire.



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Posted February 10, 2015 - 09:49 AM

You'll need to look for wires that are per-electronic ignition.

 

How does this matter?



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Posted February 10, 2015 - 11:00 AM

The electronic ignition wires are a larger diameter and won't fit in the coil. Plus I would rather have the wire core wires for these old Onans!


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Posted February 11, 2015 - 10:31 AM

Are these the ones you are after...

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item20f573e5b8



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Posted February 11, 2015 - 11:03 AM

Are these the ones you are after...

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item20f573e5b8

Probably not at that price!



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Posted February 11, 2015 - 12:23 PM

 Go to this web site.  Great prices for many Onan parts, including the correct spark plug wires you are looking for

 

www.gphope.com

 

Gary is located in Michigan.  He has helped me out on several Onan motors.  Got any questions, just call the number on the website.


Edited by Delmar, February 11, 2015 - 12:33 PM.

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Posted February 11, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Lord no. I'm looking for 2 cheap ones from the auto supply place. Just trying to understand the difference in spark plug wires so I get ones that work right. My metal throttle cable was shorting out my front spark plug because I didn't have a boot on it!



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Posted February 11, 2015 - 10:39 PM

It's been a lot of years ago, but I worked my way through high school and college selling and delivering parts for the NAPA store in town. We had bulk rolls of plug wire we sold by the foot(the real stuff with copper core) and crimp terminals under the Belden line. Find you a real parts guy, not the kid with the computer that needs to know if your pickup has a/c to sell you brake pads, but a parts man that knows what a dwell meter is and how to use it. If you find it, stock up. It comes in handy. Sometimes you can find semi custom wire sets that just have the terminal and boot on one end and you cut and terminate to your needs. A V8 set will probably make a lifetime supply of small engine plug wires. Check Summit Racing. Good luck.
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Posted February 11, 2015 - 10:42 PM

Why can't I go to NAPA/AutoZone and buy a cheap 4 cyl set, leave the boot ont he plug end and cut off the other end?



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Posted February 12, 2015 - 10:19 PM

Wahoo that will work. Just don't get electronic ignition wires.




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