Missing Condenser on 77 !


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Shammon
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Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by Shammon » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:49 am



Hi,

After getting my 1977 rebuild and still learning a thing or two I have discovered it has no condenser fitted! :shock: (Part next to battery)
Crazy as it sounds I have overlooked this. I think this may be why it has been not running as it should but it has been running but sluggish and hesitant at low RPM. (I had suspected the spark plugs as cause which I was intending to change)

The bike came in bits and most was in boxes, and I've luckily found two condensers which are identical (Blue and yellow wire) in a box that I over looked. I am unsure as how best to test so Can any one advise me on the following.

1. What symptoms will a bike show with a missing condenser?
2. What is the resistance of the condenser (ohm) so I can test them to see what one to fit.

Thanks


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Re: Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by jeffcosmo » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:06 am

You're lucky it runs at all.
Ignitions are not that finicky about condenser specs, so fit what you have and see what happens.
To test, as I was taught oh so many years back: using an analog volt-ohmmeter set to a resistance scale, touch the two leads, one to the body, the other to the condenser lead. The needle should pop up, and go back down. Do this the other war 'round (switch leads), and the needle should do the same. That's all the reading really necessary for a condenser to work in an ignition.

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Re: Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by Shammon » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:37 am

Thanks.

Il go fit it tomorrow and see how things work out.
The bike has electronic ignition fitted (Not Dyna) but look like standard coils. its a "Newtronic" electronic ignition.
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Re: Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by Maz » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:45 pm

If you have electronic ignition, you don't use the condensers. That's probably why they were removed.
I fitted the Newtronic system to my 75 . It worked for about 6 months then I kept losing sparks to cylinders 1 and 2 when the engine got up to a decent temperature. If I removed the 'points'cover, it started working again. One of the optical sensors was failing when it got hot. I got a replacement sensor which worked, then the other one failed. I pulled the whole system off, put on a shelf in the garage and went back to points/condenser. Not had a problem since.
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Re: Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by Shammon » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:33 pm

Thanks for that.

I may now consider also removing it and going back to its original points, I have also found these in a box.
Il need to study and find out how best to re wire it back to normal and try it as factory standard.
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Re: Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by jeffcosmo » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:46 pm

I'd suggest getting a service manual. Even a Haynes would likely have a diagram in the back.

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Re: Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by DenverWinger » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:09 am

If you need a new condenser, even the condenser from a lawnmower ignition tune-up kit will work....
They say 98% of all Hardleys ever made are still on the road..... The other 2% made it home. :lol:
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Re: Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by badandy » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:59 am

The condensers keep the points from arcing during operation. It is just a simple capacitor that absorbs the higher voltage so it doesn't cross the point surfaces. It will run for a time , but the points will destroy themselves.

No need for them on electronic ignition.

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Re: Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by DenverWinger » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:16 am

Also along with the inductance of the coil sets up an oscillation in the coil, producing a hotter spark.
They say 98% of all Hardleys ever made are still on the road..... The other 2% made it home. :lol:
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Re: Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by Shammon » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:44 pm

Spent tonight planning the removal. not as complex as first thought.
Il post up a video tomorow when I put the points all back in, and hopefully it runs better. or the carbs are off again to check.
Thankfully I have all the parts required.
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Re: Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by Shammon » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:34 am

Spot on Maz,

I removed the entire electronic ignition and fitted the stock points and condenser today. And WOW fired up no hesitation and all running perfect. I also recon my Newtronics ignition was failing and hence was not giving right timing to engine despite me having the timing spot on with a strobe light.

Went out for a run and the bikes simply as it now should be, seriously low end power amazing. I also put a better link earth to the condenser when fitting.

Any way thanks all for the advice heres a video if it helps others too.


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Re: Missing Condenser on 77 !

Post by Maz » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:42 pm

Shammon, it sounds great! Sometimes it's worth reverting to 'old school '. I know some electronic ignitions are an improvement, but really, I'm more than happy to check and adjust points every once in a while if I'm repaid with a decent running engine.
I'm glad you got it sorted. Enjoy.
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