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panmarkski
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Vulcan ignitions

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Post by panmarkski » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:40 am

Can I get some feedback on Vulcan Engineering distributor ignitions for Panheads, thinking of getting one.



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Re: Vulcan ignitions

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Post by steinauge » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:46 pm

I dont know the Vulcan but over the last 45 years my experience with aftermarket ignitions of any type has been bad.

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Re: Vulcan ignitions

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Post by Cotten » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:33 pm

Panmarkski!

I know nothing of Vulcan either, but I have an open mind, sorta. Well maybe.

So I gotta ask: When you use the word "distributor", does it mean the system is 'single fire', with each cylinder sparked individually?

Harley never used the word 'distributor', for good reason, although the dual point ignitions for mid-'61 through '64 achieved the same result, and magnificently: the hardware was still just a simple circuit breaker.

Many now swear by Hall effect sensors that have been around for decades. Is the Vulcan a justifyable improvement?

Or a lot of money to re-invent the wheel?

Sorry to be a stick in the mud,

....Cotten

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Re: Vulcan ignitions

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Post by john HD » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:57 pm

will it make your bike "live long and prosper"?

sorry i had to do that.

seriously, i like points and condensors. simple stuff for simple machines.

john

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Re: Vulcan ignitions

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Post by john HD » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:58 pm

btw,

welcome to the forum panmarkski!

if anyone has tried one this is the place to find out.

john

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Re: Vulcan ignitions

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Post by StueyC » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:23 am

These ignitions are made by Vulcan Engineering and marketed by MotorFactory. They are a Hall effect ignition. I have a new one fitted to a bike but I haven't run it yet. There is no computer (Jesus box) as in a "true" electronic ignition and they use a mechanical auto advance so I don't think there is much that can go wrong. Time will tell.

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Re: Vulcan ignitions

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Post by Badassbrutus » Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:32 pm

Ive been running one in my 65 since the day I put it on the road over a yr ago set it and forget it love it you can run it single or dual fire.i have dual plug heads and coils.you wont be sorry.hope this helps ya.

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Re: Vulcan ignitions

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Post by panmarkski » Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:24 am

john HD

just now got your "live long and prosper". I'll be OK, the doctors got me on some new "meds" LOL
Thanks, this is a great site full of info.
Mark

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