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Timing question

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Post by 1955fle » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:08 pm

1955FL - all stock. noticed that the retard/advance cable was slipping. the screw that binds the cable is stripped. I removed the top of the circuit beaker and fixed the screw hole. Replaced the top of the circuit breaker and retard/advance cable works fine. Took the bike out for the first time since the fix and it is running badly. I am guessing it is the timing. Should I need to time the bike because I removed the top of the circuit breaker? Should it not go back to where it was? What do you think. thanks for the help.

-Carl



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Re: Timing question

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Post by RUBONE » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:03 pm

Carl,
Just to be sure it is timed right and to eliminate timing as the issue for running poorly, yes, you should check the timing. And check the points gap before you time it. Remember to time it at full advance.
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Re: Timing question

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Post by 1955fle » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:24 pm

That's what I figured. I noticed when riding last night that if I retarded the timing a little with the hand grip the motor smoothed right out and ran fine.

But for my own information. When you remove the top of the circuit breaker by removing the loop the holds the cap on the circuit breaker should it go back to the original position or has it now moved? Just trying to get it straight in my head.

-Carl

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Re: Timing question

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Post by RUBONE » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:56 am

Carl,
It is possible that all will go back together properly if nothing was changed, cable mounting stud loosened, anything like that. But are you sure it was moving all the way to the stop before? If your cable was loose could it?
Instead of trying to over analyze it just check the timing. It is more satisfying and therapeutic than trying to solve all the "what ifs". :mrgreen:
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Re: Timing question

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Post by 1955fle » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:57 pm

RUBONE wrote:Carl,

Instead of trying to over analyze it just check the timing. It is more satisfying and therapeutic than trying to solve all the "what ifs". :mrgreen:
Robbie
You are absolutely right. Sometimes I get too deep into me head to see the obvious. Thanks for the help.

-Carl

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