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    5.7L vortec distributor question


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    I found this on ebay , i am changing intake gaskets soon and distributor gear but this whole distributor isnt much more , anyone bought one of these off ebay before? It says its aluminum housing instead of plastic , i dont have the money for a new accel . My truck is pretty much stock , What do you guys think should i get it ?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=270325748871

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    How much are you lookin' to spend on a complete dizzy? Dont know about that one you listed but www.performancedistributors.com has some set-ups that are good quality and are billet.

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    Quote Originally Posted by jdnz28
    I found this on ebay , i am changing intake gaskets soon and distributor gear but this whole distributor isnt much more , anyone bought one of these off ebay before? It says its aluminum housing instead of plastic , i dont have the money for a new accel . My truck is pretty much stock , What do you guys think should i get it ?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=270325748871
    I emailed the person selling that same distributor and asked about it. He said that the cap, rotor, and the internal sensor are all aftermarket and that the gear is stronger than the original ones. Take that for what its worth. I'm thinking about getting one for my 98 454. Let me know if you get one and how you like it.

    There is also a billet aluminum dist. on ebay that uses GM parts for the sensor and gears. Not sure about the cap and rotor though. Its $250.

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    I would suggest replacing the dizzy gear if it shows wear but I wouldn't spend the money on a new dizzy if the current one isn't broken. You don't have to take the intake off to replace it. In fact, it comes out before taking the intake off.


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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    Along with the gear, another problem with the OEM distributor is that the main housing is made of plastic. The distributor cap screw hole gets stripped with no easy way to repair it.

    If you buy the new distributor, let us know how it works out.

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    Also, make sure you have a way to set the "CAM retard" for the distributor after it is installed.
    Last edited by NoEcm; 02-02-2009 at 07:05 PM.

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    Quote Originally Posted by masintenn
    I would suggest replacing the dizzy gear if it shows wear but I wouldn't spend the money on a new dizzy if the current one isn't broken. You don't have to take the intake off to replace it. In fact, it comes out before taking the intake off.

    Yea i have to replace my intake gaskets so i figured while i got the dizzy out i would change the gear , i wanted to see if anyone has tried this Distributor off ebay cause it seemed really cheap. If i buy it ill let you guys know how it works.

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    Quote Originally Posted by NoEcm
    Also, make sure you have a way to set the "CAM retard" for the distributor after it is installed.

    Thanks NoEcm, yea im hoping to get it pretty close when i install it to get a scanner on it. You have any idea rough estimate how much they will charge me for just setting the Cam retard ?

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    i bought that dizzy from EBAY, no problems, works great

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    Quote Originally Posted by james_8997
    i bought that dizzy from EBAY, no problems, works great

    Thats great to hear i was going to order the gear from summit with some other things for 49 bucks but is seen this on ebay and thought i might give it a shot cause it comes with everything

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    Quote Originally Posted by jdnz28
    Yea i have to replace my intake gaskets so i figured while i got the dizzy out i would change the gear , i wanted to see if anyone has tried this Distributor off ebay cause it seemed really cheap. If i buy it ill let you guys know how it works.
    Sorry, no idea but the labor should not be over 1/2 hour (I'm guessing). You might want to make a phone call and get an estimate and post your findings here.

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    Quote Originally Posted by jdnz28
    Thats great to hear i was going to order the gear from summit with some other things for 49 bucks but is seen this on ebay and thought i might give it a shot cause it comes with everything


    no go on tha gear, i tried that and tha one they said would fit, didnt, i just got tha new dizzy and it worked out great

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    Quote Originally Posted by NoEcm
    Sorry, no idea but the labor should not be over 1/2 hour (I'm guessing). You might want to make a phone call and get an estimate and post your findings here.

    Cool yea ill do that

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    Quote Originally Posted by james_8997
    no go on tha gear, i tried that and tha one they said would fit, didnt, i just got tha new dizzy and it worked out great

    thanks for the heads up on that gear, yea im leaning towards that distributor maybe in the next week or so got to get some funds together

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    I've been running that dizzy for a while now. No complaints whatsoever.
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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    I think I paid ~$40 for just the gear a couple of years ago.

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    Re: 5.7L vortec distributor question

    I'm running one of those dizzy's from Alex (ignition DK).
    No issues here. Sure beats the plastic OEM crap!
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