76 GL1000 weird firing order

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76 GL1000 weird firing order

Post by D2D » Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:15 pm

Just picked up another old wing this week and when I got her home I discovered that the plug wires are switched around so you have #1 plug wire on #3 cylinder, #2 plug wire on #4 cylinder and visa-versa #3 on 1 and #4 on 2 .. and the bike fires right up and runs like a top as it was demonstrated as a running bike before I purchased. I followed wiring from the coils to the points and find everything in order .. what am I missing here?

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Re: 76 GL1000 weird firing order

Post by virgilmobile » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:12 pm

The machine doesn't care as long as each coil goes to the correct cylinders.they both spark at the same time.one on compression,one on exhaust ( wasted spark)

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Re: 76 GL1000 weird firing order

Post by Fred Camper » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:53 pm

Yep, you can fix it and it will run just the same. So if you are anil like me then that is what you'll do.

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Re: 76 GL1000 weird firing order

Post by sfruechte » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:31 am

The GL1000's fire two cylinders at a time even though only one cylinder needs the spark. One spark is literally wasted. It does this because there are only two sets of points, four cylinders and no distributor.

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