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#1 84BlackGold

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:30 AM

I need an Ignitor Module for my 87.   RockAuto lists Airtex Wells 6H1070 for almost 500 bucks.  Standard Motor LX982 for 450 ... wow.  They list one for under $100, Ultra Power also LX982.

Any experience with these?  Seems Ultra Power and Standard Motor may come from the same source as part numbers are the same ... so 100 bucks sounds better to me unless it really is junk.
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 05:40 AM

Forgive my ignorance.    Igniter module is not a familiar term to me here.    Is that the knockbox? If so, you can find a used one here for an 87 around $40-$50.....the 88-89 knockbox usually brings around $75

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 05:43 AM

I just googled those part numbers and yes it is the knockbox.  

Find a used one here on the forums.  There are plenty of them. Make a thread in the "items wanted"

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:01 AM

Igniter is the right name for the part, if you can score one for $100 new why would you buy a 30 year old used one for $75...? I didn't even know you could get them new. 87 igniters have a high failure rate so new is what I'd do.

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 12:47 PM

i purchased one from rockauto when they had closeouts last year ultra power lx982. Paid about 98$ I dont have any problems. Also picked up a 1g maf closeout for 94$

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 01:07 PM

Maybe not related. But I picked up one of these just in case.
Seemed like a good price:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/332074584018
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:26 AM

Never seen a knock sensor go bad before.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 01:36 PM

Well there are plenty of posts here about them failing & guy's paying over $200.00 for them. Example=


"Very common to fail. Over the years most of them are pretty beat up. Look at yours and i'd be surprised if the epoxy/sealant where the wire goes into the sensor is in good shape. That in itself isn't really a problem, but it lets water, oil or whatever else, get into the sensor and will kill it. More commonly I've seen the wires in bad shape/broken at the crimp holder on the sensor."
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:33 AM

View PostBradrock, on 11 September 2017 - 01:36 PM, said:

Well there are plenty of posts here about them failing & guy's paying over $200.00 for them. Example=


"Very common to fail. Over the years most of them are pretty beat up. Look at yours and i'd be surprised if the epoxy/sealant where the wire goes into the sensor is in good shape. That in itself isn't really a problem, but it lets water, oil or whatever else, get into the sensor and will kill it. More commonly I've seen the wires in bad shape/broken at the crimp holder on the sensor."

Interesting. Gotta keep that in mind I have a few in a box!

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:54 PM

Also keep in mind that I do not know my tail from a hole in the ground about Starquests. Just gathering recommended parts while still available.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 02:04 PM

View PostBradrock, on 14 September 2017 - 12:54 PM, said:

Also keep in mind that I do not know my tail from a hole in the ground about Starquests. Just gathering recommended parts while still available.

No, I hear ya. You never know what you'll end up needing that stalls your project. I've collected so much stuff I don't even know what I have. I've bought things I already had in a drawer multiple times before lol.

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 05:01 AM

The 87 are just as good as the 88-89 ones...87 s  break inside, because the back heat sink plate is made of ALUM and it expands and contracts which breaks the electronics inside......if u live where it snows ,,,put a piece of duct tape in the back to insolate it from the cold........I have heard u can use a match book behind  it to bend the box a little and get home when they break............

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 01:27 PM

I've got a good 87 knock box if you still need one pm me

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:30 PM

Just to clear things up.  Starquests do not have knock boxes.  They have a knock sensor located near the oil filter housing.  When it detects "knock", it sends a signal to the igniter to retard timing, located near the coil.  You can find a replacement or hook up a MSD igniter.  The write-up is in the FAQs.
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:33 AM

Auto zone has igniters for 87 sucks man $560  but it's lifetime warranted  l should have switched to 88-89 would have been a lot cheaper and more reliable

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 08:45 AM

View Postcroquest87, on 18 September 2017 - 11:33 AM, said:

Auto zone has igniters for 87 sucks man $560  but it's lifetime warranted  l should have switched to 88-89 would have been a lot cheaper and more reliable

It's easy to swap in an 89, I have one in my 87. You just need the pigtail from the 89 Igniter to splice on. Three's a tutorial somewhere on here.

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