conversion to electronic ignition


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Aussie
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conversion to electronic ignition

Postby Aussie » Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:20 pm



Can not replace coils and condensor on 1979 Goldwing 1000GL, recommended to go electronic and bypass the problem. Question how difficult is it to do the conversion? Do we need a qualified mechanic or can 2 guys with lots of experience with motors do it?? Thanks



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Re: conversion to electronic ignition

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:31 pm

First...Converting to electronic ignition was the first best thing I did to my 78,the next was a electric fuel pump.
I was financially challenged at that time,so I literally made my own part needed to replace the point lobe.The rest of it was just plug it in and a little rewiring at the coil packs.

I've done no research but I've read of some who use a replacement DynaTek Ignition system with great results and seller support.
Here's a starting point...http://www.jpcycles.com/1976-honda-gold ... 00/dynatek
Do the research,I don't know if the conversion includes coils or if you re-use yours.

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Re: conversion to electronic ignition

Postby dingdong » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:08 am

Aussie wrote:Can not replace coils and condensor on 1979 Goldwing 1000GL, recommended to go electronic and bypass the problem. Question how difficult is it to do the conversion? Do we need a qualified mechanic or can 2 guys with lots of experience with motors do it?? Thanks

Cannot replace coils??? Why not?
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Re: conversion to electronic ignition

Postby Aussie » Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:34 am

Thank you very much for your information. We did find aftermarket coils and have ordered, they are guaranteed by the manufacturer so dealer could not forsee any problems. Thanks to those who have helped, this is a great place to find out information from people with experience.

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Re: conversion to electronic ignition

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:56 pm

the Dyna S by Dynatech is an excellent system with many advantages. It is a simple 3 wire installation and can be done in less than one hour. Static timing is sufficient when using this system. You often can bypass the ignition dropping resistor also depending on the coils (Dynatec recommends this deletion with their coils and a Dyna S system).

Very happy with the results of Dyna Coils, Dyna wires, and Dyna S ignition but this stuff is pricey.

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Re: conversion to electronic ignition

Postby JellyBelly » Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:29 pm

When I get a little money I'll be putting dyna coils on my '77 and hopefully have it up and running...maybe then I can convince my wife to go riding with me. She won't ride on the '78 with me but maybe she will ride the '77 herself. She said she used to love riding 4wheelers growing up but refuses to ride on the road...oh well...a lot of prayer and she may enjoy my hobby with me :-)
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Re: conversion to electronic ignition

Postby larrycole » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:14 pm

I put a Dyna S in my '76 about 15 years ago and have really enjoyed not fiddling with points/timing ever since. I put Dyna coils in this year and they seemed to make it easier to start and smoothed out the idle, but they were a little more effort to install than the ignition.

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Re: conversion to electronic ignition

Postby Fred Camper » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:03 pm

larrycole wrote:I put a Dyna S in my '76 about 15 years ago and have really enjoyed not fiddling with points/timing ever since. I put Dyna coils in this year and they seemed to make it easier to start and smoothed out the idle, but they were a little more effort to install than the ignition.


If you can deal with shortening the air cleaner snorkel about two inches the Dyna coils go in much better. Still, the Dyna S installation is easier. Remember with the Dyna Coils and Dyna S, you can bypass the dropping resistor (allowing a hotter spark all the time, not just when the starter is engaged( and also open up your plugs to 0.35 from 0.28 for a bigger spark too. See Randakk for these and other tips.

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Re: conversion to electronic ignition

Postby larrycole » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:24 pm

Yeah, I had to take a hacksaw to the snorkel and I pulled the resistor out. I hadn't heard about re-gapping the plugs wider - I'll have to try that, although it starts easy and runs great now.




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