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Following RF Whatley's 'Timing BSA Singles' instructions (excellent document), I found it very hard to manually turn the AAU counter clockwise to full advance when timing the engine ignition after removal and re-installation of the AAU and prior to tightening the retaining bolt. There is undoubtedly a special tool to do this, but in lieu of a tool, I decided to make my own. It took about 15 minutes to make out of a short length of 1/2" Type L rigid copper tubing. I used a hacksaw to saw most of the way through the tubing at one end, leaving one small piece sticking out approximately 1/16 inch and about 1/8 inch wide. I then filed the remaining tab down until it perfectly fit the notch on the lobe. The 1/2 inch copper tubing is an almost perfect fit for this task and is soft enough to easily saw and file.

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It is called a washer under the AAU bolt. Turn the AAU to full advance as you tighten the bolt. The washer has to fit over the AAU pivot tube.

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Yep, a stepped washer is the factory tool.

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I use a small screwdriver and flick the advance unit back and forth until my continuity light just goes out as I reach maximum advance.

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Nice..
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