Hi all, the cable for the magneto advance control on my B31 has broken, and to remove the remains I had to remove the maggy. How do I set the timing, the procedure in the workshop sheets seems a bit hit and miss, and I don't have anything to measure the piston height from TDC. any clues folks cheers
Hi guzzi126, Probably need to make a bumpstop out of an old spark plug and use a degree wheel on your crank to determine acurrate TDC. Start out by reading : this old thread and ask away again.
May be a trick to to tightening down the magdyno driving pinion as it tends to move things a little when fully home. Thats why its good to have the degree wheel mounted as this may be a hit and miss session till you get it right where you want it.
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Re: How to set ignition timing - B31#21079 02/08/073:40 am02/08/073:40 am
Dunno if this is the most political correct way to do it but here`s what I do on my bikes. Never done it on a B31 though so dunno if it`s possible on that one.
With my smallest screwdriver down the plughole I put the engine in fourth gear and turn the engine by the rear wheel. When the tdc is found I mark the screwdriver. I then take it out and measure my self up to the right position, then set a new mark at where my piston should be. You can mark the screwdriver with some electro-tape. Note that the screwdriver has to be as vertical as possible to obtain a good result. Remember to turn the rear wheel forward while doing this to take up the backlash in gears etc. But of course the spark is to come before tdc (in case I was unclear).
Probably som hit and miss by doing it this way but I gets my butt home.
1940 M21 1960 Golden Flash
"Everything takes longer time than it takes"
Re: How to set ignition timing - B31#21080 02/08/0712:06 pm02/08/0712:06 pm
As the mag is currently out of the bike measure the points gap very carefully and put a little nick in the body opposite the widest gap position of the rotor, this will save you much time latter when trying to do this in situ. Lube the cam ring & follower then set your points to .012" & put the maggy back in the bike without the timming gear. Now the fun, being that it is a B33 and you now have the timming cover off you can turn the crank with an open ended spannar or a slightly oversized socket that will fit over the nut & lock washer. Put a wooden skewer down the plug hole and rotate the crank to find TDC. Rest a razor blade, on the head so that it comes into contact with the skewer then rotate the skewer to make a grove . Pull out the skewer and make another grove above the first one at whatever the piston advance should be for your year B33. Put the skewer back in the plug hole and the razoe back on the head then rotate the motor till the second mark aligns with the razor blade on the compression stroke ( both valves closed). With the cam ring set to full advance stick the fag paper in your maggy points and rotate it till you can just slip it out. Now for the tricky bit slip the drive gear over the maggy and give it a light tap to hold it on the tapper, wedge somthing flat ( not a screwdriver blade ) in between the idler & the drive gear and tighten the nut on the end of the maggy. Check the skewer, if the mark still lighns up with the razor blade then congratulations, if not start from the fag paper again. Keep the skewer in your kit just in case you have to do it by the side of the road. Because the points are on the left & the plug hole is on the right I find that if I lightly rest the razor blade against the skewer I can feel the the blade "drop" into the timming mark so you can do it from the left side by feel rotating the rear wheel with your foot.
Bike Beesa Trevor
Re: How to set ignition timing - B31#21081 02/08/071:33 pm02/08/071:33 pm
Thanks folks for your collected wisdom, now in hindsight I could have removed the remains of the cable without touching anything else, and made a lot less work for myself, but the light in the shed isn't so good, the sidecar was in the way, and this way I learnt something as well cheers Thommo