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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-22-2010, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Any Tips On Timing

I have a 1980 1000 ironhead sportster. The procedure in the maintence manuel calls for a clear plug to install in timing port on crank hook up timing light and adjust points as nessacery. Well fine and dandy but u can not see index mark being splashed by oil....lol.. so tried marking with a paint pen still cannot see.....IS IT JUST GOOD ENOUGH TO STATIC TIME THE ENGINE AND GET IT JUST GOOD ENOUGH? ....Well any advice would be great for this pain....
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That little acrylic plug sucks, I've tried to use mine several times, same way, marked the timing mark, screwed the plug in deeper, finally just timed it with an open hole. I held my timing light just above the hole so it didn't too covered in the oil spray. It works better if you have a timing light that you can dial the timing mark into the hole, that way you're not fighting the oil mist for as long. Static is a good place to start, but getting the timing mark in the hole with the engine running is still the best, then you know you've got it right. That way you can also test your advance.
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This might be a little late but ... screw the clear plug in till it contacts the flywheel , it won't hurt anything and you'll get a clear view of the timing marks cause the plug scrapes the oil off the side of the flywheel as it's turning . Using an advance timing light helps too .

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This might be a little late but ... screw the clear plug in till it contacts the flywheel , it won't hurt anything and you'll get a clear view of the timing marks cause the plug scrapes the oil off the side of the flywheel as it's turning . Using an advance timing light helps too .
Ditto. As well.....spin your flywheels over until the TDC mark appears in the hole. Mark it with a bright colored paint. An advance light is a must....

it's a crappy job to do, but it's do-able.

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