Question about Triumph Speed triple Motorcycles
When the engine is not running, ideally the points open at TDC...they will advance once the engine is running.
If you don't have a timing light, an old trick I used to use was to get a string of christmas tree lights that had 10 of those tiny lights in series. Why 10? 120V / 10 lights - 12V/light.
If you have a string with 20, you can take 2 in series, but the idea is to clip out one of the lights and put it across your points. slowly rotate the crank in the direction of normal rotation, and the light should come on as you hit TDC (ignition must be on, so remember to remove the sparkplugs!)
If they are off, adjust them, and either come full circle, or go back at least 1/2 revolution and then come back to TDC slowly.
It's an old poor mechanics trick, but I tell ya, it works well!
Posted on Mar 14, 2011
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to begin with timing a camshaft, the motor needs to be set at top dead center of the compression stroke. If you are unsure what this means, remove the valve cover on the driver side, rotate the crank pulley with a 32 mm socket, until you see the intake valve, which is the second valve spring, begin to compress. When I say compress, this means the valve spring is opening the valve. As the valve spring begins to close, the piston will be approaching the top of its travel. The crank shaft pulley/harmonic balancer, will have a mark to indicate top dead center on the timing cover. This Mark will align with the TDC mark on the timing cover just after the intake valve spring closes. Next, using a half inch wrench, remove the distributor and set to the side. With a flashlight, look down inside at the oil pump driveshaft. It will have a slot in the center of the gear. This slot should be pointing towards the number one intake manifold bolt hole. It will almost be front to back.
If it is not, using a long flat blade screwdriver, rotate the oil pump driveshaft clockwise until the slot lines up with the number one intake manifold bolt hole. Reinstall the distributor and snug the half inch bolt down. The rotor should be pointing towards the number one cylinder mark on the distributor plate. Reinstall the distributor cap and try to fire the motor over.
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