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Timing at top dead center, on compression stroke... what is the proper setting for the points? i'm getting fire but it seems wrong. motor doesn't even try to bust off. points open and close, very clean bike only has 1500 miles on it.

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You need to set it up on your fire mark not tdc and a simply rule of thumb take a card and use that to set the gap. some times you'll get lucky and they have the gap and valve specs on a sticker somewhere on the bike

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