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Low or no fire to points

Late 84 classic had been rebuilt before i bought it. h.e.i. went bad and i reverted to points and condensor. washed the bike and bike ran rough. attributed it to something may have gotten wet. now two days later i am getting barely any spark and even when running there is no noticable change to it when adjusting either points or carb.

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    Sort of the same problem however didn't change e.f.i. on 1983 shovel but did change carb with no difference in the way it ran. Advanced and ****** timing with no change in the way the bike ran. Please help

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Did you change the plug wires to solid core wires hei uses a fiber core wire with almost no resistance and points need around 3-5ohms resistance, the coil needs to be for points also this should make it run right

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