So my car hasn't ran in going on 6 weeks now, and I've come to this conclusion...
My standalone (Haltech) isn't producing an RPM signal at the crank trigger, to let the distributorless ignition know when to fire. I replaced the crank sensor, and that's when the trouble started. I've had it at a very knowledable shop for quite some time troubleshooting it, but to no avail....
My question is: Could I solve my problem by throwing the distributorless set-up in the trash, along with the piece of **** crank sensor, and replacing it with a distributor again? Where are the benefits of either set-up? This is a daily driver, and while the distributorless is a neat thing, it's becoming a PITA to deal with.
I want to know what the 400-500 hp fellas are using for ignition set-ups? I know Cheezefrog and ForseFed both are running distributors, with MSD add-ons...
Re: Distributor Vs. Distributorless... (mildly interesting)
I don't know if this will help but I am planning on running distributorless system on my AEM.
The way it works on that is that the AEM sends the signal to the CDI (msd dis or whatever) to fire. The crank sensor in the distributor is where the data come from that the ECU is processing. I thought the tach sensor was in distributor , becuase i took one apart this weekend and saw two different sensors in there after I took out the coil and ICU.
edit: do you have no honda distributor on there at all ?
yeah, there is no distributor at all...just a plug that fills the hole in the head. It gets its signal from the magnets on the crank pulley, like a Motronic does. It's a shitty set-up, even when it works right. I'm almost positive I'll be bolting the dizzy back on soon, unless someone else can figure it out for me...
Honestly, I've worked on both and I like them both. I don't like having to replace caps and rotors in honda distributors. However, one could argue that they don't like replacing coil packs that fail (on some cars).
My dsm has a distributorless ignition that has prooved reliable. The hondas that i've worked on have distributor ignitions that are also reliable as long as you replace the cap and rotor with a set of spark plugs.
I'd switch back to stock since the Haltech isn't working out for you.
I'm running distributorless with my haltech with no issues. Are you getting an RPM reading when you are cranking the car in the haltech software? Did the car ever run or did it just stop?
no RPM reading when cranking the car...and it drove into the shop, I pulled the bracket and unplugged the old sensor, bolted on the new sensor and plugged it back in. Bolted the bracket back on, and nothing has happened in the 6 weeks following...and J, that might be an idea, but on the dyno it was losing spark around 6300 RPM, and I can't help but think putting a distributor back on it might solve that problem...
losing spark at high rpms sounds like the gain is wrong on the sensor, and let me get this straight, you drove it in the shop, swapped sensors, and now it doesnt run? why not sway the sensors back? have you tried adjusting the sensor air gap?
I put the old sensor back on, and still nothing...air gap is like 1.5 mm...don't you feel like if it has been this much of a problem, It must be easier to put the distributor back on? I've seen quite a few 400-450+ hp cars running stock ignition. I would be interested to know how you wired your factory distributor to the Haltech to run your coils though...
the factory distributor isnt just a distributor.. there is a 24 tooth crank sensor and a 1 tooth cam sensor in there. thats what is used to time everything. the 2 sensors sync right at TDC on #4 cylinder.
he isnt using the distributor part of the factory stuff to do anything with the ignition, just using the needed sensors inside the thing.
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