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Old 09-28-2009, 09:47 PM
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Here's an easy and cheap way to mount a flashlight to the handlebars of your MB. Use two tangential screw clamps (that's the technical name, but you may call them worm gear clamps, or hose clamps) as shown in the attached photos. The flashlight is clamped securely, but there's enough "flex" to adjust the beam to where you need it. The cost is only a few dollars.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:25 AM
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For anyone who can't get their engine started the first time. If your bike dies as soon as you stop pedaling or you let off the clutch.

Try replacing the magneto first. It doesn't look like there's anything wrong with it but replace it anyway. It is the most likely cause if you're sure you put this thing together correctly.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:55 AM
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For anyone who can't get their engine started the first time. If your bike dies as soon as you stop pedaling or you let off the clutch.

Try replacing the magneto first. It doesn't look like there's anything wrong with it but replace it anyway. It is the most likely cause if you're sure you put this thing together correctly.
Not too smart. It's rarely the reason motor won't start 1st time. Usually it's because rider gives up too soon . Check float bowl for gas, check plug for spark, and go down a big hill first time wiggling the throttle.

And replacing without testing ain't that great an idea. Check magneto coil with a meter. They only cost $2-$3 and takes less than a minute.
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:08 AM
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xlite again! I agree. Not giving up too soon is great but why should replacing something that's probably not working be refered to as giving up? Replace the magneto is something I've read again and again on this site. I replaced it and my bike worked instantly.
I'm not sure how you check the plug for spark though. I knew it was either the cdi, spark plug or the magneto. Nearly all people said that replacing the cdi didn't fix anything. I was about 99% sure it wasn't the spark plug. So next on the list was the magneto. I had an extra from another motor I hadn't yet installed. It actually "looked" worse than the one I took out, but it made her run!
Anyone know of a way to Fix a magneto??
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:45 AM
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xlite again! I agree. Not giving up too soon is great but why should replacing something that's probably not working be refered to as giving up? Replace the magneto is something I've read again and again on this site. I replaced it and my bike worked instantly.

I'm not sure how you check the plug for spark though.

Anyone know of a way to Fix a magneto??
My comment was based on about half the guys I sold kits to coming back and saying "it's no good". A quick run down the hill in front of my place usually got things buzzing. They just didn't pedal with enough gusto that first time. Gotta get that clutch loosened up and juices flowwing.

And the few occasions when there really was something wrong it was not magneto. That always happened after quite a few miles and only cases where something was hooked up to the white wire (kill switch, lights, etc).

I check plug (and CDI, and magneto, and wiring, etc.) by hooking it to my handlebars and peddle like heck. Or, if I'm really lazy, hold my finger on electrode and turn wheel a little bit.

IMO blindly replacing w/o proper diagnosis is for LAH-HOOO-ZERZ. And forget about fixing the tiny wires in that coil. Open the bad one up... you'll see what I mean.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:50 AM
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You know what. I did have the kill switch hooked up for my first run when it did not work... and I wasn't 100% sure I had the kill wires hooked up correctly. Could that be what killed my magneto? I don't have the kill switch hooked up now either. I just flip the choke up and it shuts down right away and starts up great after that too.
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Good idea on the flash light mount! I thought of using 1 of my mag lights but id go broke buying batteries. My next purchase is going to be some rechargeable batteries.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:01 AM
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Here's an easy and cheap way to mount a flashlight to the handlebars of your MB. Use two tangential screw clamps (that's the technical name, but you may call them worm gear clamps, or hose clamps) as shown in the attached photos. The flashlight is clamped securely, but there's enough "flex" to adjust the beam to where you need it. The cost is only a few dollars.
Im think 6v lantern pipe clamp under the bars and two of those band clamps one on each end.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:12 AM
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You know what. I did have the kill switch hooked up for my first run when it did not work... and I wasn't 100% sure I had the kill wires hooked up correctly. Could that be what killed my magneto? I don't have the kill switch hooked up now either. I just flip the choke up and it shuts down right away and starts up great after that too.
To be honest I doubt that caused your problem. More likely mfg defect. I'd contact seller for a new one. I do know magnetos stopped failing when I stopped using the white wire but it could be coincidence.

I always use choke to stop for couple reasons:

1. It tells you mixture is ok or no leaks when engine stops right away.

2. Leaves oil on cylinder/piston for easy starting next time. That's how we do it w/airplanes.

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Old 10-06-2009, 11:39 AM
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Xlite in air planes dont you pray 1st also and give offerings to MURPHY so you dont crash?
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