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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-30-2018, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Centerline ignition wire replacement set

I recently purchased an ignition wire set for my 1990 Graduate. The set came from Centerline Alfa and cost $114.00. I also bought a new Bosch distributor cap with exactly the same part number as what was on the cap that I am replacing. When I tried to install the new ignition wires on the the new cap I had the frustrating experience of not being able to get the spark plug end of the ignition wires to bottom out in the distributor. I put some dielectric lubricant on the end but that didn't help at all. I think the new ignition wires were slightly bigger around than the original Bosch wires that I am replacing (I wasn't able to document this).

I called Centerline to see if they might have had this complaint before. They said no (and couldn't or wouldn't believe me when I said the new ones didn't fit my distributor cap. Has any of you had this experience? The old Bosch wires (partially eaten through by rodents) just snap right in with a good tight fit (very reassuring).

Have any of you purchased an ignition wire set that you considered a very good product?

I shipped the Centerline product back to them ($25 shipping, my cost) and am hoping to see a reimbursement (they were not at all eager to take the product back.)

Thanks for your comments,

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-30-2018, 05:29 PM
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This has happened to me also....
Sometimes Centerline sells parts that are very poor quality or wrong for the listed car. And they refused to admit a problem on some of my orders too.....
John Norman in Berkely or Classic Alfa in England do a much better job !

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alfaholics and CA sell decent leads:
https://www.alfaholics.com/parts/105...set-spider-s4/
https://classicalfa.com/products.php...RIES-4-SPIDERS

the Beck Arnley 175-6151 look a decent alternative, cheap for you guys in the US (about 55$)
see here for a photo of them fitted
https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/6502369-post15.html

to fit the lead tidy on the cam cover, leads need to be 7mm, as original.

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I've had good luck with Kingsborne ignition wires. They're Alfa sets are cut to length, are of great quality, and are reasonably priced. They're located in San Marcos, California.

Kingsborne Wire Werks Inc - Spark plug wires, Automotive, RV, Motorcycle, Marine, Racing, Industry

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Well, that's odd. The second post didn't show up while I was on the site. Never had that happen before. At least I don't think I have . . .

Do you know if Kingsborne can make wires that fit the MSD distributor's oem specific mountings? I think Kingsborne's wires might be better quality for a lot less money.

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We are currently investigating the issue the OP is having but we won't be able to make any determinations until we receive the wire set back. Historically, this part has been very trouble free and we have used the same manufacturer for quite some time.

FYI - these wire sets are made for us here in the US from German wire and connectors. So while there may be an issue with tolerances somewhere, they are definitely not a cheap or poor quality part.

I will update the thread when we know more.

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