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I have a 19791/2 Sportster how do I time this bike?

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On the left side of the motor there is a pipe plug about 1 1/2 inches down from where the jugs hit the crank case.remove the plug install timing light on front spark plug,start bike you will see a line on the side of the flywheel center it in the hole by rotating the ignition plate.when centered shut off reinstall plug.your done.

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