PROBLEM SOLVING HOT ROD CHASSIS PARTS FOR OVER 40 YEARS.
Upgrading VR6 ignition systems for over 13 years!
Sometime in 2005, my 1999.5 VR6 Jetta began sputtering and coughing,
especially on damp days. I did a bit of research and found a few guys
were using MSD ignition on their VR6s, so naturally, with my hot rod
chassis parts background, I began investigating a solution to keep my
car running smoothly without paying a fortune for an OEM coil pack. I
designed a bracket to mount the coils nice and snug together in the same location as the original coil pack and
installed it on my Jetta. For three years it was my daily driver until I
sold it to buy a used W8 Passat wagon due to family growth. The ignition
system was trouble free. Fast forward to 2012, when I purchased the 1992
Golf with one of the first VR6 swaps in Ontario, from what I gather. This is the car in the video. My MSD ignition package had been
installed a couple years prior. It was my daily driver through 40 degrees below zero cold, blizzards, sleet, rain,
and heat. I’ve never replaced a coil. [update: the Golf was sold in 2018]
It’s a widely recognized fact that the OEM VW coilpack on the 12v VR6
commonly cracks and causes misfires. If your VR6 is hesitating,
sputtering, or generally not running as smooth as it used to, there’s a
good chance the problem will be traced back to that coilpack. A less
expensive and higher performing upgrade is to use three two-tower GM
coilpacks from MSD, part #8224 in place of the VW coilpack. There are
some helpful links around the Internet that make this upgrade a lot
easier to understand.
To start, check out a thread on vwvortex.com called “VR6 Coilpack Atlernative” (yes, I know it’s spelled wrong…):
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?3057180-VR6-coilpack-atlernative. There’s a whole lot of really helpful information here – it’s one of the go-to sources of information on this topic.
Another helpful thread that explains some troubleshooting methods is at gti-vr6.com:
The “solution” on this page, though, is to fill the crack in the
coilpack with epoxy. As a temporary band-aid, this will work just fine.
For a long-term solution, however, replacing the coilpack is necessary.
It will continue to crack.
To make installing MSD ignition on your VR6 as easy as installing an 8380 license plate frame, I've put together a complete kit with all the necessary hardware and a tidy wiring kit so you can install it in your driveway.
MSD includes little red rubber grommets with the coils. I have never
installed them. They will make it difficult for your wires to insert
positively into the coils. The coils bolt directly to the bracket. I
have also never sealed the wires into the coils with any sort of
silicone or adhesive. The male terminals will connect positively to the
coils. I have never installed a resistor in the wiring either.
Sold on www.vr6coilbracket.com for over 10 years, now brought under the Welder Series product line.
Every customer is different. You’re different from the next customer. That’s why they’re called 'custom'ers. There is no formula, no equation that will work with all of you. It takes a different approach to everyone to determine how best to serve anyone. Some people need videos, some people need descriptions. Some people need us to weld it together. Our approach has been, and will always be, to serve each of you where you are and to treat you the same way we would like to be treated. We officially opened the doors to Welder Series in 2005. That doesn’t sound like very long, because the product line has been percolating for over 40. Paul Horton began developing and building many of the parts we still manufacture when I wasn’t yet a twinkle in Dorothy’s eye. Thanks very much for your business and support over the years.
-Paul, Dorothy, and DW (me) Horton
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Son of Paul
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