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    Lightspeed Ignition

    Gang,

    I've perused the archives for information on electronic ignition, but I haven't found what I'm looking for.

    Is anyone out there using Lightspeed Engineering's electronic ignition?

    Thanks.

    Tom

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    I'm using it...it is awesome.

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    What all do you like about it, 9lp?

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    An actual user! Great!

    Could you give me a run down on any differences in your fuel consumption, performance, and condition of your spark plugs you've noted, if any?

    Also, did you get a field approval or are you experimental?

    Thanks.

    Tom

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    My RV6 originally had a lightspeed ignition, it is sitting in a box in my hangar right now.
    I was having some intermittant trouble with it and my FBO took it off and replaced it with a mag. I think the only trouble with it was a loose wire. I liked it. It was the type of electronic ignition that sensed off the flywheel.

    It would produce noticably more power. I don't have any numbers but the engine ran stronger and smoother on the electronic side than the mag side.

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    Works great.


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    Kase,
    Which Lightspeed do you have? I was trying to build an engine on Superior site and all the choices are confusing. Plasma II+, III, hall, crank, etc.

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    Kase, 9lp, any other users,

    Some questions for you:

    What are the pros you've noted?

    Any cons to go with the pros?

    Did your fuel consumption go down any?

    If so, approximately how much?

    Do your plugs stay cleaner/foul less?

    Did you notice any increase in performance?

    Anyone out there have a 337 example (precedence) for installation in a certified engine?

    Thanks.

    Tom

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    Klaus at Lightspeed does a first class job on anything he does. His ignition is great, really helps the performance. Also if you want to get someone to port and polish your cylinders, balance the rods, and make you some forged high compression pistons, you can't go wrong.

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    Tom,
    I assume you've seen the CAFE reports, ( 1, 2, & 3) on electronic ignitions. I can not give you a before and after because it's going on an expermintal I am building. I can tell you that the workmanship looks great and Klaus was very helpfull.

    KelvinG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Check Six
    An actual user! Great!

    Could you give me a run down on any differences in your fuel consumption, performance, and condition of your spark plugs you've noted, if any?

    Also, did you get a field approval or are you experimental?

    Thanks.

    Tom
    Yes, a 10% fuel burn improvement at altitude and it starts more like a car, "right now," No cranking. The 10% improvement comes mostly from timing advance for altitude, mags cant do that. I would never go back to all mags. Have Lyc IO360C1D6 245 HP 10:1 compression modified crank larger intakes flowed and ported. Stock was 200 HP angle valve 4 cylinder. The 10% fuel burn improvement is the real deal.

    All positives, no negs. Plasma III, starter ring gear pickups.

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    Is it STCd on the big Lycoming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob turner
    Is it STCd on the big Lycoming?
    Possibly, but mine is experimental with 3 blade CS prop (composite with wood core).

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    KelvinG,

    Yes, I've read the CAFE reports but they didn't contain the info I was hoping to find. Thanks for the reference. Hope you get yours flying soon!



    XeVision,

    Big thanks! That's falling right in line with the feedback I'm getting from other actual users. A 10% to 15% decrease in fuel consumption seems to be the average. The only cons seem to be cost (which is slight when a mag purchase or overhaul is factored in), installation, and needing to get approval for certified engines.

    Looks like E.I. is a real winner!

    Tom

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    I checked their website. No FAA approvals, and they are still waiting for somebody to get a field approval.

    Ought to be easy to get approval for one Lightspeed and one certified mag - but the feds don't care about advancing the art, I guess. Boo!

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