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Point Gap

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Post by Underdoggie » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:45 pm

I came across something I had never noticed before. I was flipping thru my 1965 Harley operator pamphlet and it states the point gap to be .022". I have always set it at .020" per the manual. Can anybody comment on that? I know sometimes Harley documentation is not consistent, is this one of those cases?



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Re: Point Gap

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Post by beets » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:15 pm

The 48-57 Panhead book says .022. I have always set mine to that spec.

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by cdndewey » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:57 pm

I set my 62 to .022.

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by awander » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:51 pm

I doubt it makes much difference in the real world.

I also doubt that most people can actually set their points that accurately.

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by RUBONE » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:49 am

I have always set it at .020" per the manual
Per what manual? I have never seen an H-D manual with other than .022 on a coil ignition.

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by katto » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:18 am

I set mine at .018''
Been doing it for years, runs fine if not great.

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by 58flh » Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:30 pm

Most manuals (HD)-For a points IG. will be .022,--However If a customer asks this is what I tell them or DO!--I run mine at .018 & find it runs much better!,-I have tried to figure why & im no Electronic Emgineer!--But Even at run what ya brung WeD. nights at RacewayPark I have got better ETs on smaller gaps!---On the Pan as well as the QuaterPounder,I use to race.-I think if the gap is smaller It creates a longer dwell or duration that they stay closed. When this happens I believe that more saturation is developed in the coil or coils & therefore more Voltage at the plugs.---Just my 2----RICHIE

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by 1951 adam » Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:14 am

I used to always set mine to .018 as well, pans and shovel. Now I run my pan at .022, when all is correct it's fine, I like to go with factory settings

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by amiabledave » Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:59 am

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY ...RACEWAY PARK ENGLISHTOWN N.J...... I raced there in the 70's..69 KZ900 & CARS.
Anyway, I have set my points anywhere from. 018 to. 022, and have settled on. 018 also. I have always used a timing light to time my bike.

Here's a good read. http://www.gofastforless.com/ignition/points.htm

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by Underdoggie » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:06 pm

RUBONE wrote:
I have always set it at .020" per the manual
Per what manual? I have never seen an H-D manual with other than .022 on a coil ignition.
It is in my 1959 to 1969 manual. Says set to .020"

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by Underdoggie » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:08 pm

Underdoggie wrote:
RUBONE wrote:
I have always set it at .020" per the manual
Per what manual? I have never seen an H-D manual with other than .022 on a coil ignition.
It is in my 1959 to 1969 manual. Says set to .020"
Its in the manual on this site too, I just looked at it under 59 to 69 circuit breaker.

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by Bikers56flh » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:06 pm

What gives me the best performance is were I set them most of the time 0.18 to 0.22 . one way or the other I have to give up something , its ether easer starting with loss of performance or harder starting with better performance I go for the latter. It takes time but I adjust and test ride until I am satisfied, I've been doing it this way on my 6 volt 56flh for39years, Remember a different lift and duration cam and your timing isn't what it was when it left the factory add a different then stock carburetor and exhaust with out any or less then stock back pressure, then you have created another issue to deal with. to be honest with you during different stages between service I have set points as low as 0.11 to achieve what I was seeking in performance.

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by jellero » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:11 pm

i have the hd factory manual which says .020 for the single point systems and`.022 for the dual point systems. j

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by Bigincher » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:41 pm

I've been watching and reading this thread, and all this hearty discussion on the point gap size reminded that 40 years ago, I used to set the gap with a matchbook cover. I don't think these days you can even find a book of matches...! :wink:

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Re: Point Gap

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Post by Cotten » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:25 pm

Bigincher wrote:I've been watching and reading this thread, and all this hearty discussion on the point gap size reminded that 40 years ago, I used to set the gap with a matchbook cover. I don't think these days you can even find a book of matches...! :wink:
Andy's points exactly......
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