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Graphite or copper cored ignition leads

Post by dhammond on Sun Mar 11 2012, 19:54

Which type of spark plug leads should be used with a magneto, graphite cored (for RF suppression) or copper cored? Will use of graphite cored HT leads damage a magneto due to the higher lead resistance? My instincts tell me to use copper cored but I am unsure about whether this would be legal to use nowadays due to the electromagetic emissions.

Modern cars tend to use spiral wound HT leads so that they have low resistance compared to graphite but still have good RF suppression. However, I do not know of anywhere that does spiral wound leads in 7mm outside diameter where only the wire can be purchased.

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Re: Graphite or copper cored ignition leads

Post by matt86 on Sun Mar 11 2012, 20:41

I genrally use copper on the older engines . Works better in my opinion .

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Re: Graphite or copper cored ignition leads

Post by stationary stu on Mon Mar 12 2012, 11:44

I prefer to stick with the wire leads less chance of them breaking down. I don't think you'll be near enough to cause any interferance if you use them.

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Re: Graphite or copper cored ignition leads

Post by DanBoy on Tue Mar 13 2012, 11:25

I also prefer the copper cored leads. Much better for screw on plug caps and easy to repair too.

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Re: Graphite or copper cored ignition leads

Post by Capstan on Fri Mar 16 2012, 15:29

I used second hand graphite cored lead on my Petter A1 and worked fine.
Put it back to copper cored at the first oportunity though.
Got it from a motor cycle shop.
As far as legality is concerned, don´t worry. Someone has to complain about it and then they have to track you down and then they tell you to stop using it. Only then will you be prosecuted if you ignore their warning. Plus, modern radios and televisions are not so suscepible to such low frequency radiation.

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Re: Graphite or copper cored ignition leads

Post by hob on Wed Mar 21 2012, 10:08

Copper cored HT lead available here in

black
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Copper-cored-HT-lead-BLACK-1-Mtr-/290686861002?pt=UK_BOI_FarmingEquipment_RL&hash=item43ae497eca

or red
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Copper-cored-HT-lead-RED-1-Mtr-/290687267275?pt=UK_BOI_FarmingEquipment_RL&hash=item43ae4fb1cb

if anyone wants it.

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