~or~ You Suck, Belden
I got a set of these wires for our Suburban and fortunately I am big on testing new parts. Specification for spark plug wires for the GM 5.3L V8 in the Monster Truck is 800 ohms plus-or-minus 500 (300 to 1300 ohms according to the book). Six of these eight wires measured about 150 ohms. Lower is okay with me, especially because they were all the same. The other two, one measured over 3 000 ohms and the other was between 8 000 and 12 000 depending on how it was bent.
I went back to NAPA and they broke out another set. I brought my meter with me. The first four out of the box measured 150, 8 000, 20 000 ish (not steady) and 150. I took two home and counted myself relatively fortunate.
That is, of ten wires I measured, four were bad. 40%. Rounding to the nearest half, exactly HALF these wires were bad. Out of the box. Bad. This is horrible quality control. When they fail, I’m going to go with my original intention and get a set of AC Delco wires. What the heck, I thought, they’re spark plug wires. How bad can a store brand be? As it turns out, they can be half bad. I got name-brand parts from the store and decided to save a trip to a different store (to get my name-brand wires) and got the store-brand wires from the store where I already was making a purchase. I had to make that extra trip anyway, to get replacement new parts. Lesson learned.