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MSD 10 Ignition Control

PN 7500
Important: Read the instructions before attempting the installation.
Parts Included:
1 - MSD 10 Ignition Control, PN 7501 1 - Harness, Orange and Black wires
1 - Pro-Power Coil, PN 8201 1 - Harness, Red and Blue wires
1 - Pro-Power Coupler Coil, PN 8209R 1 - Black Ground Wire
2 - Super Conductor Coil Wires 4 - Vibration Mounts, Large
4 - RPM Modules: 3,000, 7,000, 8,000, 9,000 3 - Vibration Mounts, Medium
1 - Harness, PN 8860 3 - Vibration Mounts, Small

WARNING: During installation, disconnect the battery cables. When disconnecting, always
remove the Negative cable first and install it last.

Through the use of advanced circuitry, the MSD 10 combines the best offerings of a CD
ignition with the best features of an inductive ignition and presents it in one unique ignition
package.

An MSD Pro-Power Coil, the CD coil, and the Coupler Coil, a high performance inductive
coil, are used with the MSD 10. The coils run in parallel, sending two voltages that work as
one. The CD coil primarily is responsible for ionizing the spark plug gap, then the current
from both coils produce a high level of sustained spark.

IMPORTANT: Inspect the part number of the Coupler Coil. It must be PN 8209R. Originally,
this Coil was PN 8209, but was revised and it must be PN 8209R. This running change also
affected the wiring on the Ignition Control .

The decal describing the coil wiring on the MSD 10 Ignition should be silver and black (on
the left side of the box). It is also noted as to being the correct decal to use with the updated
PN 8209R Coupler Coil. Figure 1 shows the correct decal and the new Coil.
This label must be used with the PN 8209R Coil

(Brown) Kill
only. (The PN 8209 requires different wiring.)

(Yellow) Two Step DISTRIBUTOR CD COIL

PN 8209R

(Red) Power Coil +


PRO POWER COUPLER COIL
10
(Blue) Power Coil - AUTOTRONIC CONTROLS CORPORATION
1490 HENRY BRENNAN DR., EL PASO, TX 79936

WARNING: BLACK WIRE MUST BE ATTACHED TO ENGINE GROUND


RED BLACK BLUE

(Black) CD Coil-

(Orange) CD Coil+

Figure 1 Updated Decal and Coil.

Note: If your MSD 10 does not have this new Silver and Black decal, call customer service
and request the decal at 915-855-7123.
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2 INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

MOUNTING

Mount the the Ignition Control in a position away from direct engine heat sources. Using
the Ignition as a template, mark the location of the mounting holes. Remove the unit and
drill the holes using a 3/16" bit. Install the vibration mounts in the holes, then mount the
Ignition using the supplied lock washers and nuts.
Mount the coils in a position away from direct engine heat sources. Mount the Pro-Power
Coil in any position with the supplied vibration mounts (Instructions included). The Coupler
Coil can be mounted in any position with the medium vibration mounts. Make sure all of
the wiring harnesses reach the components.

WIRING

BROWN - WHEN GROUNDED YELLOW - WHEN GROUNDED


IGNITION IS KILLED MODULE 2 IS ACTIVATED TO DISTRIBUTOR

DISTRIBUTOR CD COIL

PN 8209R

PRO POWER COUPLER COIL


10
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1490 HENRY BRENNAN DR., EL PASO, TX 79936

WARNING: BLACK WIRE MUST BE ATTACHED TO ENGINE GROUND


RED BLACK BLUE

NOTE: THE UPDATED DECAL VERSION RED BLUE


CHANGES THE CD COIL LOCATION

ORANGE BLACK

+ -
TM

IGNITION
WARNING: THE INDUCTIVE COIL MUST BE GROUNDED! PRO
DAMAGE OR INJURY MAY RESULT POWER

Figure 2 Wiring the Left Terminal Strip.

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INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS 3

NOTE:
THE POINTS AND MAG
PICKUP TERMINALS WILL
NEVER BE CONNECTED AT
THE SAME TIME

GRAY TO TACH
RED TO SWITCHED 12 VOLTS
TO POINTS OR
TIMING CONTROL OUTPUT

ET
VIOL
TO CRANK EN
TRIGGER OR GRE
DISTRIBUTOR

Figure 3 Wiring the Right Terminal Strip.

2 STEP
BROWN GRAY TACH
KILL WIRE TO 12V
YELLOW
IGNITION
KEY

C RED
C WHITE/NOT USED

VIOLET MAG
C MOD 1 MOD 2

C
GREEN MAG

BLACK
HEAVY BLACK
BATTERY
HEAVY RED CRANK TRIGGER
BATTERY

ORANGE ORANGE BLACK

+ -
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RED

DISTRIBUTOR

RED
PRO POWER COUPLER COIL

TM

IGNITION

TO DISTRIBUTOR PRO
POWER
ENGINE
BLACK

GROUND
10
PN 8209R

CD COIL

BLUE
BLUE

Figure 4 Complete Wiring.

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4 INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

2 STEP
BROWN GRAY TACH
KILL WIRE TO 12V
YELLOW
IGNITION
KEY
CRANK TRIGGER
C
C
YELLOW
C OF
MOD 1 MOD 2 RED TIMING
C
COMPUTER

BLACK

HEAVY BLACK
BATTERY
HEAVY RED
BATTERY

ORANGE ORANGE BLACK

+ -
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WARNING: BLACK WIRE MUST BE ATTACHED TO ENGINE GROUND

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RED

DISTRIBUTOR

RED
PRO POWER COUPLER COIL

TM

IGNITION

TO DISTRIBUTOR PRO
POWER
ENGINE
BLACK

GROUND
10
PN 8209R

CD COIL

BLUE
BLUE

Figure 5 Complete Wiring with Timing Computer.

TWO STEP

The Two Step feature provides you with two rev limits;
one for overrev protection and the other to activate on
the starting line for use during the launch.
The Two Step is controlled by Yellow wire and is
connected on the left side terminal strip. When the Yellow
wire is grounded, RPM Module 2 is activated. When the
ground is removed, Module 1 is activated.

For example, to activate a lower limit when the line lock


or trans brake is applied, splice the MSD’s Yellow wire
into the wire between the switch and solenoid (Figure 6).
The Yellow wire will be grounded through the solenoid
wiring until the switch is activated. When the circut is
activated, ground is removed from the yellow wire and
Module 1 is activated.

KILL SWITCH

This feature can be used as an emergency ignition kill or


as a momentary kill used with air shifters. Use the Brown
wire on this circuit. When it is grounded, the ignition is
killed. Figure 6 Two Step Wiring.

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INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS 5

TROUBLESHOOTING

If the vehicle is not running correctly or fails to start, check all of the wires and connections.
After checking the wires, perform the following test:

WHEN TRIGGERING WITH


THE WHITE WIRE:
1. Turn the ignition OFF. Remove the
coil wire from the cap and install a POINTS TERMINAL
spark tester or set the terminal about
1/2" from ground.
2. Turn the ignition ON. Do not crank
the engine.
3. Disconnect the WHITE wire of the WHITE
Ignition from the distributor or WIRE
amplifier trigger wire and tap the
wire to ground several times. Each
time the WHITE wire is lifted from GROUND
ground, a spark should jump from Figure 7 Checking for Spark with the White Wire.
the coil wire to ground. If there is no
spark continue with the Checking
the Coils procedure.

WHEN TRIGGERING WITH


THE MAGNETIC
CONNECTOR:
1. Turn the ignition OFF. Remove
the coil wire from the cap and
install a spark tester or set the
terminal about 1/2" from
ground.
2. Disconnect the magnetic
pickup connector from the
distributor or crank trigger.
3. Turn the ignition ON. Do not
crank the engine.
4. Take a short length of bare wire
and short and break across the
GREEN and VIOLET wires of
the connector. Each time the
short is broken (the jumper
removed) a spark should jump Figure 8 Checking for Spark with Magnetic Pickup.
from the coil wire to ground.
If there is no spark continue with
the Checking the Coils
procedure.

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6 INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

Checking the Coils


This procedure will help determine if there is a problem with either coil.
1. Make sure the correct wires are connected to the coils. If the polarity of a coil is reversed
the ignition will still fire the engine but it will not be at full operating capacity.
2. Remove a spark plug wire from a spark plug. It is recommended to use a clip-on spark
tester or secure the wire to where the terminal is half inch from ground.

WARNING: Do not disconnect the Pro-Power Coil when the engine is running. Damage to
the Ignition system will occur.

3. Disconnect the BLUE and RED wire connector going to the Coupler Coil. Leave the
ground wire attached.

WARNING: If the Coil Coupler ground wire is not attached, injury or damage will occur.

4. Crank the engine and observe the spark. If there is spark, continue to step 5. If there is no
spark, check for spark at the coil wire going into the distributor cap. If there is still no
spark, the CD coil is at fault. If there is spark at the cap, but not at the plug, the problem is
in the distributor. Inspect the cap and rotor.
5. If there is spark, let the engine start. The Pro-Power coil primarily handles the starting and
idle rpm.
6. Bring the engine up to above 1,000 rpm and plug the Coupler Coil wires back in (the RED
and BLUE wires). When the Coupler Coil is connected, there should be obvious differences
in the spark. The spark should now be wider and glow. If there is no difference in the
spark, the Coupler Coil is at fault.

NOTES

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INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS 7

NOTES

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Service
In case of malfunction, this MSD component will be repaired free of charge according to the terms of
the warranty. When returning MSD components for service, Proof of Purchase must be supplied for warranty
verification. After the warranty period has expired, repair service is charged based on a minimum and
maximum charge.
Send the unit prepaid with proof of purchase to the attention of: Customer Service Department,
Autotronic Controls Corporation, 12120 Esther Lama, Suite 114, El Paso, Texas 79936.
When returning the unit for repair, leave all wires at the length in which you have them installed. Be
sure to include a detailed account of any problems experienced, and what components and accessories
are installed on the vehicle.
The repaired unit will be returned as soon as possible after receipt, COD for any charges. (Ground
shipping is covered by warranty). All units are returned regular UPS unless otherwise noted. For more
information, call the MSD Customer Service Line (915) 855-7123. MSD technicians are available from 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (mountain time).

Limited Warranty
A utotronic Controls Corporation warrants MSD Ignition products to be free from defects in material
and workmanship under normal use and if properly installed for a period of one year from date of
purchase. If found to be defective as mentioned above, it will be replaced or repaired if returned prepaid
along with proof of date of purchase. This shall constitute the sole remedy of the purchaser and the sole
liability of Autotronic Controls Corporation. To the extent permitted by law, the foregoing is exclusive
and in lieu of all other warranties or representations whether expressed or implied, including any implied
warranty of merchantability or fitness. In no event shall Autotronic Controls Corporation be liable for
special or consequential damages.

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FRM22104 Revised 10/00 Printed In U.S.A.