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Point location i have a 76 T140V that has not been for quite some time. I was told there is two sets of points on this pa running rticular bike and I'm just wondering if this is true and where they might be located.

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The points cover should be on the right hand side of the engine, at the end of the exhaust cam shaft.

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It is possible that the original plate was replaced by an aftermarket version with cooling fins. That doesn't do much, but it *looks* cooler to some eyes.

Most of these bikes have been refitted with Boyer ignition kits, so under the plate the points are no longer there. They are likely replaced with a sensor and magnetic sensor. That is a MUCH more reliable and maintenance free system.

If you do still have points, there will be two contact sets. The entire disk shaped plate will rotate to adjust timing and a smaller partial plate containing the second set of points can also be adjusted. That gives you control over timing, and difference between cylinders.

Really, I was a stickler for "original" on my bike, and I regret not changing to an electronic Boyer system as soon as they became available. Go for the upgrade. It's well worth it. A good shop can have it done in an afternoon, and you will never have to think twice about ignition or timing again.

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It probably does have dual points. They are on the stator side of the engine. There is usually a small, round cover, held on by a few screws.

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That corresponds with the end of the exhaust camshaft. 9_11_2014_6_00_28_pm.jpg
In this photo, it is chrome plated. They are held on by two philips head machine screws.

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