Matt B SuperDork
Oct. 14, 2014 2:28 p.m.

Apparently the "new" distributor that I paid a shop to install a few years ago is leaking internally on the 86 MR2, so it's time to do the job myself. So it's shopping time and ideally I'd like to spend considerably less than the $400+ for an OEM unit. That said, I haven't had the best luck with certain RockAuto parts so I figured I'd get the hive-mind's experience with reman'd vs. new budget dizzys.

Anyone know the difference between Cardone A1 and Cardone Select? New vs. reman seems awfully close in price.

Rockauto - A-1 CARDONE Part # 31757 $167

Rockauto - CARDONE SELECT Part # 84757 (new) $190

Rockauto - AUTOLINE Part # D9020 (reman Nippon Denso) $237

Rockauto - WORLD POWER SYSTEMS Part # DST757 (new) $238

Carquest New $298

Napa Reman $194

Napa New $305

GameboyRMH MegaDork
Oct. 14, 2014 2:30 p.m.

reman Nippon Denso, duh!

Or better yet, none. Distributors have caused me a great deal of trouble, personally. The one on the 4AGE I've had rebuilt and swapped into my AE92 took the car down due to a heat-demagnetized internal trigger wheel (not kidding). After I got new seals and bearings put in and painstakingly painted the heat shield for it of course.

You'll have to switch your 4AGE to an alternate ignition system (and along with it, probably an alternate ECU) eventually...how much are you willing to spend to put it off?

Matt B SuperDork
Oct. 14, 2014 2:36 p.m.

I just need to get the car back into DD duty so I can sell the van, so in turn we can buy the car my wife really wants. I really don't see myself completely overhauling the ignition system right now.

Thanks for input though. I'm kinda sketchy about reman parts, but thought that the Nippon Denso might be the right choice anyway.

oldeskewltoy SuperDork
Oct. 14, 2014 2:58 p.m.
Matt B wrote: Apparently the "new" distributor that I paid a shop to install a few years ago is leaking internally on the 86 MR2,

The kit you are looking for is from twos-r-us - http://twosrus.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=28

the procedure - http://www.mr2oc.com/showthread.php?t=260817

dean1484 UltimaDork
Oct. 14, 2014 3:04 p.m.

Have you looked at the used market on ebay? If it is just to get it running. Also would a used OEM be better than a rebuild?

I am curious as to why this is happening. When we raced MR2's we never had a distributor issue.

GameboyRMH MegaDork
Oct. 14, 2014 3:07 p.m.
dean1484 wrote: Have you looked at the used market on ebay? If it is just to get it running. Also would a used OEM be better than a rebuild? I am curious as to why this is happening. When we raced MR2's we never had a distributor issue.

4A-series distributors are easy to accidentally ruin (in such a way that they keep blowing new leaks) while trying to change out the seals and bearings, I know that much. I'd actually recommend rebuilding an OEM unit yourself over ordering a reman'ed one to eliminate the possibility.

trucke HalfDork
Oct. 14, 2014 3:23 p.m.
oldeskewltoy wrote:
Matt B wrote: Apparently the "new" distributor that I paid a shop to install a few years ago is leaking internally on the 86 MR2,

The kit you are looking for is from twos-r-us - http://twosrus.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=28

the procedure - http://www.mr2oc.com/showthread.php?t=260817

+1 for the seal kit.

When you install it and you find you cannot set the timing properly, just pull out the distributor and turn it 180º. Yes, you can install them backward. My FX16 came that way. That was an easy fix.

Matt B SuperDork
Oct. 14, 2014 4:33 p.m.

I actually have the seal kit and tried to have my (new) mechanic do the install back when I had the clutch done. He told me it wouldn't do any good since it was leaking internally. I trust the guy, but I'm planning on installing that first just to verify. If he's right and it doesn't work I'd like to know which dizzy to pull the trigger on.

I don't really want to bother with the used market. I don't have the time or patience at this point to deal with messaging back and forth with someone parting out a car, installing it, and then hoping it's still good.

edit - I just realized Dean suggested ebay. That would probably be easier than the regular mr2oc parts peeps. Still not sure if I want to take the risk though. Lately I have precious few moments to work on the car(s).

All good ideas though! Thanks for everyone's input.

trucke HalfDork
Oct. 14, 2014 6:58 p.m.

Of course it's leaking internally. That is why the kit comes with the internal seal.

Matt B SuperDork
Oct. 15, 2014 8:31 a.m.

In reply to trucke: Hehe, fair enough. Like I said, I'm planning on trying the kit first in case my guy missed something.

If anybody has any actual input on the dizzys listed, that'd be greeeeeaaaaat.

Wanderer New Reader
Oct. 15, 2014 1:58 p.m.

In for opinions on listed.

My friend helped me rebuild mine with the Twos R Us seal kit, he'd done it many times before, it replaces the internal seals and bearing. It no longer leaks. But interested to know what people have to say on rebuilds anyway.

Kenny_McCormic PowerDork
Oct. 15, 2014 4:01 p.m.

I'd only go OEM or rebuilt OEM.

You'll need to log in to post.

Also on Grassroots Motorsports

We're Back In Monterey for Car Week

23 hours ago in News

And so it begins, another trip to Monterey Car Week.

Deal of the Month: Free Trackside Companion!

1 day ago in News

Ever wished you had a handy guide on how to dial in your alignment or adjust your dampers?

This Tuesday: Join Us at Track Night in America

1 day ago in News

This Tuesday we'll be running at Palm Beach International Raceway

Experience Monterey With Us

1 day ago in News

We're on our way out to Monterey, California, for car week.

Concours d’Lemons to Ruin Monterey Car Week Yet Again

2 days ago in News

What started as the anti-concours has transformed into a major event on the Monterey Car Week schedule.

Tomorrow, August 15: Join our Monterey Kickoff Cruise-In

2 days ago in News

Our Monterey welcome party is taking over all of downtown Pacific Grove.

Vintage Views: Classic Mini

4 days ago in Articles

Turn heads, have jolly good fun.

You Need This: Toyota With Rally Pedigree

5 days ago in News

Who can say no to a turbocharger and all-wheel drive?

Join Our Monterey Kickoff Cruise-In at Pacific Grove on Tuesday, August 15

5 days ago in News

Our Monterey welcome party is taking over all of downtown Pacific Grove.

You Need This: J. Geils's Maserati Sebring, Some Assembly Required

5 days ago in News

A rock star project will be auctioned off in Monterey next week.

Who Wants a Skip Barber Car?

5 days ago in News

Skip Barber Racing School is selling off Miatas, Mustangs, Porsches and much more.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Coupe

5 days ago in New Car Reviews

A Mercedes-Benz is an animal with few equals. I don’t mean that no one else makes a car that’s as ...

OUR SPONSORS

Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More
dldOMSiTVYaAytTye8y4ihXTc5fi4a8M