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#1 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted August 08, 2010 - 09:00 PM

First, my 800 has the starter/generator, but from looking behind the flywheel, I get the impression that it has a magneto. I'm basing that on what I see in the parts catalog. I'm thinking that the spark isn't all that good, and am wondering if I need to take off the flywheel and do any maintenance there. If that IS the case, just how do you get the flywheel off?

Second, the carb definitely needs help. I remember surfing around and finding a place that has re-built carbs for the S8D, and don't remember where it is now. Does anyone know what site I'm talking about?

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Posted August 08, 2010 - 09:14 PM

If you remove the spark plug, hook it up to the wire, let the base touch the head and crank over the engine you will see the spark jump the gap, use a new, gaped plug and you will know how good your spark is.
As for the carb, not familiar with that model but try to clean it best you can.

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Posted August 09, 2010 - 07:18 AM

Tubeframes.com has the zenith carbs all rebuilt.

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Posted August 09, 2010 - 07:23 AM

:ditto: the above posts


You will have to take the nut off the flywheel then use a puller to get it off.
If the spark plug wire is comming from behind the flywheel its a magneto. More than likely the ends are just rusty and need cleaning.

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Posted August 09, 2010 - 07:59 AM

... If the spark plug wire is comming from behind the flywheel its a magneto. More than likely the ends are just rusty and need cleaning.


Yep, that's what I have. I'm hoping I won't have to remove the flywheel. The spark appears to be OK. I'll wait until after I rebuild or replace the carb

I just ordered 2 carb rebuild kits from NAPA. Since I've never rebuilt a carb before, I figured I stand a good chance of boogering it up the fitst time :D

If all else fails, the rebuilt carbs from tubeframe.com are a possibility.




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