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Posted May 18, 2011 - 09:13 AM

There shouldn't be any wire from points to the generator period! That would definitely stop any spark, and maybe mess up the magneto.

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 09:18 AM

Sorry, just double checked and it goes to the ignition. My bad...

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 10:12 AM

And.........nothing.

Hmmm...

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 10:15 AM

I've got two wires on the terminal lug. One goes to the magneto and one goes to the generator. Should I disconnect both when testing?

Thanks.


Something doesn't sound right there. Wait for Bruce or Dan.

Edited by MH81, May 18, 2011 - 05:12 PM.


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Posted May 18, 2011 - 01:15 PM

Sorry, just double checked and it goes to the ignition. My bad...


Good! And yes, unhook both wires when checking points for continuity. I've had plenty of brand new points that I had to dress before they would make contact.

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 05:21 PM

Oh yah! It fired up. Sounds better then ever before.

One problem now, when I put the break box cover on it slowly dies which leads me to believe I still have a grounding issue, but I can't find it. You guys are awesome.

I'm off to play my guitar in a kindergarten concert. Glad my mental health day worked.

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 06:39 PM

The points cover must be touching the condenser clip at the points, or the copper strip. Either can be bent some to clear.

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 06:42 PM

One problem now, when I put the break box cover on it slowly dies which leads me to believe I still have a grounding issue, but I can't find it.


When you re-install the cover, it may be touching the condenser terminal where it fastens to the points. (You may have to reverse the condenser terminal so the fat part [where the wire is connected] faces the engine instead of the breaker box cover.


Or, the cover may be touching the copper strip if the strip is bowed out toward the cover.

.....Another possibility is that the wire to the condenser is getting pinched under the cover.


Some aftermarket point sets were not identical to Wisconsin point sets, and shorting was a problem.
.....If you have to, you can insulate the inside of the breaker box cover with a few layers of black electrical tape.


Another option is to make a thick gasket to space the breaker box cover further away from the points.

I see that Daniel posted while I was still typing, so he covered some of these issues already!

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 04:02 PM

The Bolens lives on. I repositioned the above mentioned stuff and I'm rolling. So much that I just mowed some wet Ohio grass. Yes!

Funny part is, I have the old points and condenser in there (but new terminal strip) and I'm afraid to switch the new stuff in. If it ain't broke...

Here's a pic from last night. I guess I should take some video. I don't know how to thank you all enough. It's a great community here.

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 04:52 PM

That's great news! And yes, GTT is a great place to hang your hat.

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 05:39 PM

Congratulations on getting it running!!

If its working with the old points I'd say just leave them in there.

Now you can get some quality seat time on your 850!
I got my 800 and 850 all ready to mow but the rain just wont stop............

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 06:03 PM

Fantastic news! Mow some for me please. :D




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