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Old 10-20-2004, 05:58 AM   #1
Patrick Olsen
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Default Spark plug wire coil terminal quandary

I'm attempting a little experiment here and could use some help. Based on an obscure comment by leondal over in the Legacy forum, I've picked up an MSD coil pack (PN MSD-8239 from Summit) for the Legacy. However, it has different coil terminals than the stock coil pack does, so my plug wires won't mate up. My stock coil pack has female connections, while the MSD coil pack has male connections (as seen here: http://www.msdignition.com/images/pn8229_big.jpg ).

Now, based on the Magnecor catalog, and based on pictures in my Legacy/Outback Haynes Manual, I know that there were Subarus that had that type of male coil terminal. I just don't know what model year(s)/model(s) had that type of coil, or if it was one of those things that varied throughout the model years. The Magnecor catalog actually shows like 6 different possible configurations for '96-99 2.5L DOHCs, depending on the type of coil, the coil location, and the shape of the cam cover boot on the plug wire. My coil is in the center of the intake manifold, I have the teardrop-shaped cam cover boots, and I need plug wires to mate up to the male terminal posts. Anyone know what model I need?

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Pat Olsen
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PS - I'll probably end up just getting another set of Magnecors, I'm just investigating my options.
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Old 10-23-2004, 06:13 PM   #2
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Old 10-24-2004, 01:53 PM   #3
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Pat,
Shoot a PM to Xephyr. He recently did a similar conversion on his RS-T and can tell you about the pigtail harness he made to make it work. But IIRC, the one he used was a coilpack for a DSM, not a Legacy...
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Old 10-24-2004, 05:17 PM   #4
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Hooking up the coil pack isn't the problem. I have the DSM coil pack, and it plugs in just fine with the stock wiring harness on the car. The problem is that the coil pack has male spark plug wire terminals (HEI terminals), while my stock one has female terminals. So the spark plug wires won't mate up to the coil.

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