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My 89 250r wsa running then seemed to run on 1 cylinder now will not even run i changed both coils & plugs could this be timing problem

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Try to star it with startin fluid to see if it is spark or fuel if it hits with the starting fluid u know it is fuel if nothing you need to start looking at the cdi or like u said timming but cdi is a better bet check stator as well my bet is it cdi or stator if u have no fire BUT MAKE SURE IT IS NOT FUEL FIRST

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