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After performing some work on the ignition coils my bike, I am replacing the flywheel, and noticed that the the stator plate to crankcase alignment marks are aligned when the stator ajustment is almost all the way to one end. Whilst I have never experimented with the timing, It runs OK, and I guess the ajustment is probably correct, but is there a way I can check when exactly before TDC the bike is firing, I cannot see any obvious mark on the flywheel to indicate the pulse coil firing point, I have both a dial gauge, and Xenon timing strobe, would you recommend checking the timing whilst running(strobe) or static (dial gauge).

Thanks in advance (....no pun intended!)



Setting the static timing is the best way. You'll need a 24mm 6-point socket and a flywheel puller to take off the flywheel (nut removes counterclockwise). After the flywheel is off, you'll notice that right next to the capscrew on the upper left side of the stator plate is the factory timing mark. You can move the stator plate about 2 mm left (retard) or right (advance) of that mark to adjust smoothness in throttle response or adjust for engine pinging due to lower grade fuel. You'll also notice three holes in the flywheel, the smallest one being 5mm. You will need a 5mm diameter rod about 5" long to insert into that hole. The rod will engage a hole in the stator plate, which is the pulse coil firing point for the ignition. To check or change the timing, loosen the stator plate capscrews a little, then install the flywheel and the rod through the hole and into the corresponding hole in the stator plate. With a dial indicator, move the flywheel (which also moves the stator plate) so that the dial reads 2.7mm BTDC, then remove the rod. Take the flywheel off and tighten down the stator plate and you're set. Put it all back together and you're ready to ride.


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