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Webster wire solid or multistrand?


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Old 06-30-2005, 07:51:36 AM
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Default Webster wire solid or multistrand?

Hey Guys, When hooking up a webster mag...Does it make a difrence whether using solid or stranded wire? out of top of mag to igniter.
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Default Re: Webster wire solid or multistrand?

Yes, it does make a difference. The solid wire will get fatigued from the vibration and break off next to the terminal.
Another good thing to know is that those little pig-tail coils that you see in old time wiring not only absorb vibration, they also give you a little bit of extra wire if you need to put a new fitting on the end.
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Default Re: Webster wire solid or multistrand?

Eric,
Most of the mag guys sell insulated solid wire about 3 inches long with a single coil(loop) in middle for a couple of bucks. The solid wire stays put better & does not flop around & I believe like original.
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Default Re: Webster wire solid or multistrand?

Eric, use any wire you like. Both previous posts are correct. I just bought a rebuilt mag from Mitch Malcolm of Lightning Magneto. He has the original pattern multi-strand wire, but he added a nice touch of soldering just the end of the wire where it goes into the Fahnestock clip on the ignitor. That way it's good and stiff where you need it to be, and also limber where it should be. The end will stay nice and not get squashed in the clip.
I don't know if that's original or a Mitch upgrade, but it's nice.
I'll bet you could run one many hours before you'd break a solid wire though. Kevin
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Thanks for the help guy's....I used multi strand....looks good AND works good....nice blue spark!! Now to get the rest of the engine ready
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