Albertronics 123 Tune+ Ignition


Ideally suited to high performance VW aircooled engines

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Albertronics 123 Tune+ Ignition for VW Aircooled Type 1 Beetle and Type 2 Bus

VW performance distributor  – Control your 123/TUNE+ with your iOS/Android smartphone or tablet. The App makes it possible to adjust the ignition curve and shows an electronic dashboard. Main features: REV-counter, Anti-theft system, Bluetooth 4.0, Real time tuning, Vacuum advance, Boost retard, Soft REV-limiter, etc.

Ideally suited to high performance VW aircooled engines replaces 009 or 031 distributors with vacuum, with high performance ignition system with adjustable advance curve and bluetooth technology. These VW performance distributor are the top of the range distributors being used today by most VW performance engine builders. Great for VW Beetle, Bus, Buggy, Porsche. simple to install adjustable advance curves.

123/TUNE, the USB programmable electronic 123ignition 

Programming your ideal advance curve? The 123/TUNE ignition enables you to do so. Just using a (shielded) USB cable and notebook. So if you want to tune your engine or have an engine that does not have a standard distributor available… the 123/TUNE can help you out. You can easily setup the 123/TUNE to fulfill even the most demanding requirements.

The unit offers two sets of curves that can be selected by placing power on the yellow wire from the 123/TUNE. By using this function you will be able to switch between two pre-programmed curves without having to use a computer. Particularly apt when you are (also) driving on LPG. 

Model “V” for Bosch distributors

The “V” model will replace most Bosch distributors, for example used in VW and Volvo (please check dimensions before ordering). The 123/TUNE-4-R-V-V for 4 cylinders comes with an uprightcap.

Features of the 123/TUNE-4-R-V-V

– Rotation CW and CCW (autodetect)
– For 6 Volt and/or 12 Volt cars (autodetect)
– For positive and negative grounded cars
– Variable dwell constant current, fully autom. ( autodetect )
– Coil current protection time-out after 1 second ( autodetect )
– Two centrifugal advance curves (500 to 8000 rpm)
– Two vacuum-advance and boost-retard curves (0 to 200 kPa or -30 inHg to +15 psi) with MAP-start fields
– Two rev. limiters (advanced random spark stealing)
– Real-time tuning under keyboard-control (ideal for working on a rolling road)
– Rpm-stopwatch (ideal for tuning using the road itself as a rolling road)
– Luxurious import-from-file and export-to-file (curves can easily be exchanged over the internet).

While using the software an electronic ‘dashboard’ will show you

– Temperature gauge (selectable in degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit)
– Manifold pressure (selectable in Bar or inches Hg/Psi)
– Tachometer (0 to 8000 rpm crankshaft)
– Spark-energy gauge (primary coil current)
– Total-advance gauge (in degrees crankshaft).

Installation instructions for the ‘123 ignition’ VW performance distributor

STEP 1: Find the static timing point

On the old distributor, note the position of the ignition wire to the number one cylinder.
Remove the distributor cap and turn the engine in its normal direction so that the rotor almost
points to the number one cylinder position. Now carefully turn the engine further until the
static timing point
( check the ‘technical data’ ) is indicated on the pulley.
The engine is now at the static timing point, near the end of the compression stroke for the
number one cylinder.

STEP 2: Out with the old, in with the new

You may wish to verify that the correct advance curve has been selected in your ‘123’ : using a
5mm Allen wrench remove the hexagonal plug in the bottom face of the housing. Inside the
hole you’ll find a 16 position rotary switch. ( ‘0’ to ‘F’ )
Check the technical data for the proper setting. Select the curve of your choice ; re-insert the
plug and tighten securely.

Now remove the spark plug wires and coil wire from the old distributor-cap and remove the
old cap. Disconnect the points wire from the coil. Unscrew the hold down nut at the base of
the distributor and pull the old unit out.
Now remove the distributor-cap from the ‘VW performance distributor 123’ and carefully insert the ‘123’ in the hole,
turning the rotor until the drive gears mate and the unit falls into place. Rotate the housing of
the ‘VW performance distributor 123’ so that the cables come out conveniently. If necessary, the drive gear can be
repositioned on the shaft to accommodate a different rotational position. To do this, remove
the ‘VW performance distributor 123’ and carefully remove the retaining spring from the drive gear, then use a small punch
to tap out the pin and re-assemble at an angle more suitable to your needs.

STEP 3: Static timing the ‘VW performance distributor 123’

Connect the red wire to the BAT-terminal of the coil, according to the schematic. For now, do
NOT connect the black wire. Turn on the ignition.
Slowly turn the housing of the ‘123’ in a counter-clockwise direction, until the green LED just
lights up. The LED shines through one of the four holes in the aluminium disc below the
rotor. While turning, also press the rotor in a counter-clockwise direction, to remove any free
play in the drive gear. Finally, tighten the ‘123’ securely, as it is also the electrical ground of
the ‘VW performance distributor 123’.
Turn off the ignition.

STEP 4: Finish the wiring

Connect the black wire to the RUP-terminal of the coil, according to the schematic.
Connect the spark plug leads in the proper sequence to the cap, starting with the wire for the
number one cylinder at the position pointed to by the rotor of the ‘123’.
Also connect the high voltage wire from the coil to the centre position of the cap. Attach the
cap to the distributor. Keep the red and black wire well away from the high voltage leads and
away from moving parts, using tie-wraps or other suitable means.
Connect the vacuum-tube from the carburettor to the ignition (only for a 123\VW-R-V)

STEP 5: Start and test drive

You can now start your engine. If you have worked accurately, your ignition should be
adjusted well enough to take a test drive. To achieve ultimate accuracy a fine adjustment using
a stroboscope should be performed. ( check the dynamic timing data in ‘technical data’ )
Disconnect the vacuum-tube whilst fine-tuning. Enjoy your 123 ignition!


Do NOT disconnect ANY electric wire, when the engine is running. This is bad practice
when using high-tech electronic systems, such as the 123 ignition.
Sparks are much stronger with a 123 ignition : use good quality sparkplug leads, and a good
coil. The primary resistance should not be lower then 1 ohm.
Resistor-core silicone ignition-leads are the better choice!
Mistrust old coils : they all look alike, but you can’t see if they have been overheated
many times! Buy a new one, now you know that this will not be overheated anymore…
Replace the cap and rotor every 30.000 km. Here is the ordering info

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