Pun intended 🙂

If you’re running a VW shop and would like to offer an ignition upgrade to customers with a VR6, I’d like to chat. Please get in touch and we can explore the opportunity.

Shipping Costs

Shipping prices listed are actual quotes based on the weight of the specific items being shipped. 1 complete kit refers to one bracket, three coils, wiring, and hardware.
Surface shipping offers no delivery date guaranteed or specified. XPressPost is guaranteed to arrive in the amount of days specified.

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Shifter Bracket DIY

Well, I received my shifter bracket bushings in the mail yesterday. I got the set from Vortex member Wolfyy98 who sells them on ebay: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Upgraded-Alum…#ht_500wt_1117

These are the three bolts you’re going to undo. Use a 14mm socket. You may need some extensions for your ratchet.
Undo these bolts first

When you have the bolts out, I found it helped to get a flat head screwdriver to work the rubber and release any rust that has “welded” the rubber to the steel inner sleeve. The steel sleeves will press out towards the ground, so whether you push down on the flat part under the bushing or on the inner tube part, mind your fingers because when they let go, they might break free pretty quick.
Press these bushings out.

I installed the “male” side of the bushing (did he say male?) from the bottom of the bracket, so that I could get all three halves installed and align the bracket over the holes. Then just lay the other half (ok, the “female” half) on top of the male half and insert the bolt. Just install the bolts finger tight until they’re all started, then you can go at them with your ratchet.

Insert aluminum bushings

I was thinking about taking the whole bracket off to clean it up, but that would mean one more step between now and getting the car on the road. Some day…
Reinstall original bolts by hand then tighten with ratchet.

First impressions from the car are remarkable. I haven’t actually driven the car with them installed, but just going through the gears is very noticeably better. Side-to-side slop is drastically reduced; it feels much easier to tell which gear I’m actually in. Well worth the money. I love these simple little pieces that make such a difference!


Hey DW,
I got the bracket and it looks fantastic. Thanks for making a quality product.


This is absolutely the best route out there for getting MSD on your VR. I couldn’t be happier with DW’s bracket and support.


How To Install

Here is a step-by-step guide to installing MSD coil packs on your VR6 engine.

Helpful Tips & Info

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 and installed it on my Jetta. For three years it was my daily driver until I sold it to buy a W8 Passat wagon due to family growth. The ignition system was trouble free. Fast forward to 2012, when I purchased the 1992 Golf that is in the videos on this site. The MSD ignition package was installed and I’ve been driving it every day since February 2013. It’s been going strong through 40 degrees below zero, blizzards, sleet, rain, and heat. I’ve never replaced a coil.

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:
http://gti-vr6.net/library/engine/fixing_cracked_coiled_pack.html. 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, a complete stainless hardware kit is available.

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.

For now, have a look at the installation guide in the top right corner.

Thanks for visiting!