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Spark Plug Wiring

I need to find out in what order the spark plug wires connect to the distributor for a 1999 Chevy Suburban. Drivers side plugs are 1,3,5,7 - Passanger side is 2,4,6,8 - front to back in what order do they attach to the distributor on each side? Drivers is 1,7,3,5 (I think), what is the passanger side?

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You are right with passenger side but drivers side from front of car is 1,3,5,7 looking frm front of car in the 6:30 position(slightly left of center) is cyl.1 going counter clockwise the distributor order is 2,7,5,6,3,4,8

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