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I have a 1984 sportster. Crank started slipping so i machined slot and keyed it. Put bike back together, but may not have put cam gears in place with pistons all way up, and may be firing other than at the top. I guess I should have put piston on top, and set cam gears at that point after i had motor back in bike and used rear tire with trans in 5 gear. Is this correct or not. I was told to put cam gears together with timing dots on gears together, but was not told to do so after motor in bike. Is this correct. It will not start. Got great compression, excellent fire, and getting fuel.

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