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What is the general procedure for checking timing statically on a points ignition system. When should the points open and when should they close. I understand that they stay closed for a relatively long time

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And its the momentary opening of the points that causes the spark. Also.... my points seem fine but there is some blackening/charring on the shaft they make contact with... can I dress it with steel wool so the electrical contact is good again? It seems as though my points are opening up at the full advance mark. Also should the igntion be turned on while checking timing (not the engine running just the battery in the circuit). When I turn off the ignition and check it the continuity buzzer on my multimeter is going off all the time... it *never* shows an open contact. yet the bike runs,The easiest way to do this is to use an Analog Ohm meter. If your meter uses a tone that's fine too. When you use your ohm meter, you want the system to be discharged and isolated ... that means you want to remove the battery !!! When you check points timing statically, you are only checking for resistance. One ohmmeter lead should be connected to a good ground (on the engine preferably) and the other lead should connected to the wire leading to the coil. When you rotate the engine, (IN THE PROPER DIRECTION! Wink ) you need to pay attention to the ohmmeter. The exact instant the needle jumps to infinite resistance, that's the place your plug fires. (the exact moment the points open, in other words) This should occur on a designated place that is engraved on the points plate .. (usually maked with an F.) The other marking here usually indicate T for tdc, and usually || for full advance. Be sure that you are not timing the bike 180 degrees out. Also, be very careful while timing - USE A PROPER SIZED SCREWDRIVER! to prevent stripping a screw head (Which are a PIA to replace.) ,,,

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point gap should be around .021-.025" and timing should be set at 10 degrees BTDC static
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the angle of revolutions that allow maximum amount of time for the field current to saturate the coil and produce the highest voltage possible for the plugs
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then using something insulated open the points manually
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electronic ignition will beat points hands down any time
to understand this you will need an explanation of how each works.
with a points system there are a set of points , a condenser and a coil
when the points are closed the current flows through the coil windings and produces a field flux
when the points open this field id collapsed and that produces the high voltage for the spark ( understand that current has mass and when the points open the current still flows and that is absorbed in the condenser-- that continuing current flow acts like an arc welder and burns the points )
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point gap constantly closing from the wear block being worn away
point bounce at high rpms
coil flux saturation falling off at high rpms reducing the intensity of the spark
water and moisture in the distributor causing loss of spark
on the other hand with electronic ignition there is no points to
get wet
close up
no condenser to fail
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what does this mean
better economy at higher rpms
better burn rate of the mixture producing power for all of the power stroke
smaller coils
with ECM units that control the ignition , it also controls the ignition timing according to rpms , and throttle setting and mixture setting reducing the need to alter the spark timing for different fuel octane ratings and altitude conditions as it is done automatically to suit the reports from all the sensors
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electronic system win hands down over points every time

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