Thank you for the link to the thread about the triggers.
I guess what I am having trouble with is that I am not at the place yet where I am trying to hack performance out of this thing -- especially if I am hacking around some component that isn't acting as it should.
Is my takeaway here that the CDI box is bad? I have yet to hear if this is the same curve others are seeing on this setup.
tldr; should have bought the hpi (edited)