Wayne, I should have got an hpi and duct taped battery driven LEDs to my headlight and tail, duh. No wiki articles on it, so i had to wait for some Moped scientists to help me out. I never have to worry about light coils again! Batteries rule; I'm getting a motorcycle.
For the record, I'm running a pietcard 2041 box and the exact setup that blkblk Ryan Nash has written up on the treats adventure pack cdi page. All wires are intact and everything is tucked neatly away from the flywheel. Perhaps bad grounding though I'm not sure how, perhaps need to try a different box as Jesse suggested, or check a new coil out. I would love to hear from anyone else who has run this set up, though.