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Just curious. I got a unilite setup with a lot I bought. I cant find much info on people using these. I like the way they work, and I have spare modules.
Anyone using one of these? I like the fact there is no dead rev, so it will still work for kicking.
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Good unit. I've used 3 of them , no problems.
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Excellent. I'll give this one a shot when I change cams shortly. Thanks
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they also made conversion units for auto's like the vw and were rock solid.
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Lots of interesting current and historical information from a Google search for
Mallory unilite ignition

https://www.holley.com/brands/mallory/

https://www.holley.com/products/igni.../parts/3748201
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I've used the dual point distributors and a unilite in a ford 390, worked well. Just dont see much about the unilite being used in Harleys. From what ive read, some people really like the distributors they make for older big twins. Like I said, I'll wire it up when i have things apart
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I've used one for a while on my 12V panhead. The modules are very sensitive to voltage spikes and fluctuations. Mallory suggests a Circuit Guard (Mallory # 29371) to keep the voltage flow even. I've had a couple modules give me trouble, makes for lots of kicking to start the bike. I just installed the Circuit Guard after a module quit about 5 miles from home, and had to truck the bike back. Hopefully it protects the modules in the future.
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I ran one on my first sidecar for a short time. Dead loss system though.

Replaced it with a Mert Lawill unit but I do like electronic ignition systems. They have lots of advantages over traditional points systems. Easier timing, more precise timing, rev limiters, tacho take offs, different advance curves.

If they were just cheaper ....... We would all be using them.
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I'm just in luck, because I already have that circuit guard thing. Im glad I never throw anything away. I only have one of the special bolt assemblies Mallory supplies. I dont think it's a must-use, and the one i do have isn't 8-32 thread. So I'll have to work that out. But I'm pretty excited to try it out, seeing good opinions of them on these sportsters.
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A Unilite back in 1975 on my 1970 BOSS-302 is why I will NEVER again run anything from them

I finally trashed it and bought an ACCEL LED unit....

Just read the ad from them on the Holley site....well, back in 1975 it was a lot more than THREE wires....and it was not available with vacuum advance whereas the ACCEL was plug and play with a plug similar to an XLR and you could get it with vacuum advance...

I'm planning an extended trip next spring on the XLCH and I reinstalled the points ignition for the sole purpose of being pretty FAILSAFE...and an extra set of points only cost about $10 and takes up zero space/weight
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