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Bike running rough 96 Wide Glide

Had the bike a short time. When purchased it had a dud regulator, I had a mechanic fix this (although he fitted a reg off a twin cam) This fixed the charging issue.
Bike was running good then I put it in for a major service (same mechanic) First ride I could open it up it started coughing backfiring and generally running rough, got it home but then could not start it.
Next day mechanic came out & found torn fuel pump diaphragm which was replaced, bike went good for a day then back to problems.
This time mate & I found a rusted out plug lead and evidence of a plug not firing. Have changed both items (both plugs & leads) however its still playing up.
Am thinking coil but maybe also ignition timing sensor. I'm only filling the bike with premium high octane fuel from a reputable supplier same place I fill the car.
Anyone know if I can and how to test the ignition timing sensor> I've purchased a new screaming eagle coil and yet to get the correct module to accompany this.

Any help would be much appreciated. Cheers

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  • davewatts Dec 01, 2008

    Hi rselvy, I've put it on a trailer and got it to a guru just yesterday, first thing he found was ignition problem.... cheers for your post

  • davewatts Jan 18, 2009

    Thanks guys. Problems solved bike running perfectly now Cheers

  • chris madison
    chris madison May 11, 2010

    also thouse years had a V.O.E.S. swich that can cause problems. if geting new ignition i recomend the crane unit it is cheper, removes the voes and is a much beter advance that is adjustable

  • Rob Selvy
    Rob Selvy May 11, 2010

    Have you checked for tight valves yet? May not be ignition at all. Tight valves make Harleys run like poo


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Check plugs and wires, also coil my be weak, sometimes a bad ground will cause this also and weak battery. I've had these problems before on my older Harleys that I built

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