Distributor Conversion Kit

The distributor is perhaps one of the most important components of a vehicle's ignition system, as it is responsible for routing high-voltage electricity out of the ignition coil and towards the spark plugs. A distributor consists of various individual components that work in synchronicity with each other to facilitate an expeditious and powerful transfer of energy during the ignition process. A distributor conversion kit enhances the performance of the vehicle while also improving fuel efficiency by limiting energy expenditure and maximizing efficacy upon ignition. Distributor conversion kits are usually easy to install and consist of special high-strength, impact resistant metals that are specifically designed to last for significant lengths of time. The following paragraphs pertain to the benefits, typical costs, and various types of distributor conversion kits available on the market today.

The Benefits of Installing a Distributor Conversion Kit
An HEI distributor conversion kit will replace the small points and a single condenser with a more solid electronic frame, while a points-type conversion kit will do the opposite. Both kits reduce wear and tear and increase devices capabilities. Most distributor conversion kits require zero maintenance, never need readjustment, and eliminate the hassles of trying to fix or adjust points and condensers. A good distributor conversion kit will allow your vehicle to start faster, run smoother while idling, have cleaner emissions, and reduce fuel burning. In addition, the overall life of your engine, spark plug, and every other component related to the ignition process will be extended. Many distributor conversion kits are also somewhat difficult to distinguish from stock counterparts, which makes them a good stealth project that does not overly contribute to the obvious aesthetic nature of the vehicle. If your vehicle has difficulty starting or runs hot while idling, or you're tired of trying to adjust and maintain your current distributor, consider the aforementioned benefits of a distributor conversion kit.

Typical Cost of a Distributor Conversion Kit
The typical cost of a distributor conversion kit ranges from about $30-$130, depending on the model and vehicle compatibility. However, it should be noted that the cost of installation may account for an additional $50-$150. While installing a distributor conversion kit yourself is somewhat simple, there are some precautions that you may need to take before doing so. For example, you'll want to have a small set of tools that you're knowledgeable with. Fortunately, many distributor conversion kits include comprehensive installation instructions with detailed graphs to simplify the process, and require nothing more than simple hand tools such as a screwdriver, wrench, a hammer, and some pliers. Popular brands that manufacture and supply distributor conversion kits are Edelbrock, Proform, and Mallory.

Types of Distributor Conversion Kits
Distributor conversion kits range in size, with the average kit being about 12 x 8 x 4 inches and a weighing a little bit more than 10 ounces. While some kits are designed to replace or repair existing points, other kits convert the entire distributor to operate in a more high-tech manner. A more expensive distributor conversion kit will allow you to minimize maintenance by lasting longer and performing more effectively. Distributor conversion kits are usually colored either silver, red, or black. There are two main types of distributors – HEI distributors and points type distributors. There are also kits that allow you to convert from a points type distributor to an HEI distributor and vice versa. Furthermore, some distributor conversion kits only allow you to repair or improve existing components, and therefore do not change the actual structure of the distributor. Thus, before purchasing a distributor conversion kit it is best to conduct the necessary research to determine which type of distributor/conversion would be most beneficial for your vehicle, budget, and preferences.

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