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Re Handlebar Spirals and Retarding the timing

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Re Handlebar Spirals and Retarding the timing


Post by rootwad » Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:20 pm

Once again, many thanks for the input. My motor doesn't die when I retard the spark, so my timing is ok, may have a leak in the intake, I'll check that today. And I am NOT interested in impressing anyone with the 'lope' at the retarded position, just like the way it sounds. BUT I am WAY more interested in doing things right, keeping oil to the motor and not heating it up more than I need to.
One more question, tho: My timer is kinda hard to move back and forth, not hard when using my hand, but maybe too hard for the cable. I am wanting to pull the timer and clean it up, pull it apart ect. Do I have to pull the front head to remove it? It is a 59 bottom, with a 66 shovel top. Or can I just pull the top off the timer to clean and lube the shaft? It looked to me (in the book) like the top is threaded onto the shaft?
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Re: Re Handlebar Spirals and Retarding the timing


Post by Ohio-Rider » Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:31 pm

Eric there is a c-clip underneath the timer that it rotates on, and when it gets cruddy it will make turning the timer diffucult. No need to pull the timer. Just remove that clip and give it a good cleaning and put it back. -Steve

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Re: Re Handlebar Spirals and Retarding the timing


Post by john HD » Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:09 am

quick and dirty method:

invert can of wd 40, spray the bottom of timer. work back and forth!


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