ignition coil

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ignition coil

Postby rudsut » Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:21 pm

I have an 1982 Aspencade it rides really nice, but I have trouble starting it and it will stop on me when it rains.
Does anyone have an ideal where to start trouble shooting?

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Re: ignition coil

Postby SteveB123 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:42 am

Plug wires and caps.
Current:82 GL1100 Interstate, 60 Amp Poorboy, MSD coil
Previous: 93 GSX1100F Katana
82 GL500 Silverwing

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Re: ignition coil

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:09 am

My 1200, and I know the bikes are different, has a drain hole next to each spark plug to let any water that gets into the spark plug recess drain off the head to the ground. Recently, while riding in a thunderstorm, I lost both right side cylinders. I pulled over in a wide spot in the road and shut the bike off to allow inspection of the spark plugs. Both were submerged in water. Not having a wire with me to "rod out" the drain holes, I soaked up the water with some paper towels I kept in the saddle bag for windshield cleaning, replaced the plug boots and away I rode.

The moral of the story is, your drain holes may be stopped up and water can be grounding the plugs out while riding. There are other possibilities of course. That's where I'd start looking. You can also check the resistor screws inside the plug boots for looseness and work your way back to the coils, checking wiring connections, and grounds along the way.
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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