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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-27-2012, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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A shop near by believes my no start issue is related to a timing issue. Last year I pulled the motor to replace the cam dampers as well as the stator. I know or am 99% sure the cam gear was put on the spline correctly and was lined up with the flywheel timing mark. My question is did the chain have to be in line with the spline that the flywheel goes on? I know things got spun a little bit when trying to get everything lined up and its caused me to believe that I messed something up there. The videos on youtube he already had the flywheel on at the start so I'm a tiny bit lost on how to make sure everything is set correctly.

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Did you pull the heads off when you did the stator? What are cam dampers?

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No all I pulled off was the side cover.

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Then I don't see how you could have messed up the timing.
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Sorry should have said crank dampers. So as long as the balance gear and the flywheel gear are lined up it should be fine?

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Did you line up the mark on the Left Side Balancer (Crank Damper) mark with the crankshaft mark?

As long as the mark between the shaft and the balancer lines up, as well as the balancer and flywheel you will be OK.

But if you just lined up the marks between the balancer and the flywheel, the crank shaft and balancer might not be aligned properly.

I mention the punch marks in this video.

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But wouldn't that just cause vibrations not stop the bike from starting??
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Check for spark at the plugs. Make sure that you have a good connection for the pick-up coils. Also check for fuel by spraying some carb cleaner into the carbs via the tubes used for vaccuum connections.

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I recall lining up the punch mark with a white line or mark on the spline. As far as spark for some reason I keep testing the right side. I did get a nice red hot spark for the rear right, as far as the the front I haven't seen any red hot spark, I did see a small blue spark and you can hear a delayed popping sound but every time I test that one the battery is normally really low from me hitting the run button too many times. Though the last time I checked it, my hand placement was wrong and I got a decent shock from the tester, which would assume I'm getting something to the wire. As far as fuel, I think I'm fine there cause I do get a rich fuel smell after trying to crank the bike over.

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If the batt is low, you have a very low chance of getting the bike started. Charge the batt or use a car batt to jump off of.

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