Updated August 03, 2019 by Rafael Perez

The 10 Best Cap And Rotor Kits

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Whether it's because the stock components failed or you want your vehicle performing at its very best, replacing your distributor cap and rotor can help to keep your engine running well. These kits are guaranteed to restore the power and efficiency of your ignition system and let you get more out of your machine. Note that you should observe all electrical safety protocols when installing. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best cap and rotor kit on Amazon.

10. NTK 3D1090

9. Proform 66947RC

8. Pertronix HEI D4002

7. Taylor Cable 918132

6. ACDelco Ignition

5. Quicksilver 805759Q3

4. Hypertech 4060

3. MSD 8482

2. Mallory 208M

1. Accel 8132ACC

Editor's Notes

July 31, 2019:

Distributor ignition systems require the periodic replacement of the cap and rotor components because of mechanical wear and because the constant arcing across the cap contacts and the rotor eventually oxidize them. These type of systems are considered mechanically controlled because they are directly connected to the camshaft and timing systems in the engine. They have now been nearly universally replaced by electronic ignition systems like the popular coil-on-plug system. Electronic ignitions are much more efficient, require less maintenance, and eliminate mechanical wear in the ignition process.

Distributors are nevertheless common in older model automobiles and particularly, in marine engines. This is why we included the Quicksilver 805759Q3 which has design features that allow it to perform in the hazardous conditions that marine engines are exposed to. For performance enhancements to mechanically controlled ignitions, the Mallory 208M and the MSD 8482 can be used in conjunction with high-output distributors and camshafts to yield sizable gains.

All auto repair and modification is dangerous and should only be performed by trained technicians to avoid personal injury or damage to equipment.


Rafael Perez
Last updated on August 03, 2019 by Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Rochester. His primary focus is the metaphysics of time and the philosophy of mind, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence and antirepresentational models of the mind. He has extensive experience as a mechanic, a construction worker, and a general repairman. This has allowed him to gather a wealth of knowledge on automobile repair, auto parts, carpentry, masonry, welding, and the tools used in those trades. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, and fishing.


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