MSD Blaster Coil-on-Plug

Product Overview - MSD Blaster Ignition Coils

The Ford Modular engine family utilizes a coil-on-plug design, or as most refer to as "COP". This requires a single ignition coil for each individual spark plug, the benefit of which is precise ignition timing and greater ignition energy to each spark plug. Renowned ignition component manufacturer MSD Performance Products produces coil-on-plug upgrades for the 4.6L and 5.4L V-8 engines. The company claims that their ignition coils improve combustion characteristics in addition to slight performance increases. But can an ignition coil provide noticeable performance benefits?

Product: 4.6L/5.4L MSD Blaster COP Set (8 pack)
Part # as tested: MSD 82428
Price as tested: $359.95 for a set of 8 MSD coils, $334.32 for a set of 8 Motorcraft coils
Manufacturer claims: Improved combustion characteristics, horsepower, & torque
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MSD Modular V-8 Coil-on-Plug Ignition Coil Review

Replacement of ignition coils on the 4.6L and 5.4L V-8 engines is relatively straight forward - unplug the connector, remove the single retaining bolt, then remove the plug from the spark plug. Reinstallation is reverse, and the coils are not nearly as difficult to access as the spark plugs they feed.

MSD's COP set for our 4.6L V-8 ran us just over $350 USD. At time of publishing, a set of OEM replacement coils from Motorcraft were roughly $335, so price is not a major factor in this comparison. The big question is whether or not the coils from MSD outshine the factory units. Since we're looking at the possibility of very small overall performance improvements the results are relatively subjective without the assistance of a dynamometer, which most of us don't have access to.

Another problem with testing and comparing ignition coils is that most of us are going to replace old, tired, and possibly failed ignition coils with brand new ones - of course you'll notice a difference in performance characteristics. For the sake of fairness, we replaced our tired OEM coils with the set from MSD. After a few thousand miles of driving, we then installed a brand new set of OEM Motorcraft COPs. The results, in short, are that there were not any noticeable differences between the two products. Based on our evaluation, both products performed adequately and we're comfortable suggesting that both products are inherently built with quality in mind. No measurable improvements in fuel economy were recorded after installing the MSD ignition coils.

LIKES

• Quality OEM replacement

DISLIKES

• Did not experience noticeable improvements

• Rubber insulating boots tend to disconnect from coils during removal (they can be easily reinstalled)

CLOSING COMMENTS

If you're looking for an alternative to the OEM ignition coils, the COPs from MSD are worthy products. Don't expect noticeable improvements or changes.

Long term update - 50,000 miles and several years on MSD ignition coils and no signs of trouble.