CDI ignitions Golwing 1980


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CDI ignitions Golwing 1980

Postby yoland » Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:56 am



Hi i have notice that my CDI are leaking black plastic on the frame .. :?: is that normal ? and what is the cause ?

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Re: CDI ignitions Golwing 1980

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:37 pm

I haven't noticed that on mine,but generally when something leaks it's caused by molecular de-cohesion (old glue,lots of heat,many years of service).If the part is still operating,I would check all the electrical connections for corrosion(bad connections cause voltage drop causing higher current and more heat)This thing normally runs very warm and out of spec conditions can overheat it.Just me..but I'd remove it,clean it,gently remove any gummy stuff,refill with epoxy,clean all electrical connections to it (scrape clean and tighten till it squeaks) including the battery ground lug.

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Re: CDI ignitions Golwing 1980

Postby yoland » Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:45 pm

Thanks, the black Gummy stuff is it epoxy ?

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Re: CDI ignitions Golwing 1980

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:59 pm

I believe so.But the manufacture probably uses some magic compound.I've removes some stuff that looks like silicone and other like soft plastic.Either way it's used to waterproof and keep the internal parts from vibration damage.I've repaired and filled with cheap 5 minute epoxy.If there shot I've got some spare ones,but first,do the electrical repairs.Living in Louisiana,electrical connectors outside oxidize pretty quick.I also use dielectric grease when I re-assemble(like the cable company uses).While you're at it,if not already done,fix the 3 yellow wires off the stator.That plug causes charging problems.

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Re: CDI ignitions Golwing 1980

Postby thrasherg » Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:12 pm

I can't remember where I saw it, but someone mentioned that this was a common problem on older wings and they actually wrote a short article on how to remove the black goop and replace it with a modern epoxy that would not run and gave better heat transfer to the encapsulated electronics. Hopefully someone on this site can send a link.. You should reseal the unit as the black goop leaks out it will transfer less and less heat, causing the CDI unit to fail prematurely through heat build up..

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Re: CDI ignitions Golwing 1980

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:30 pm

Yup, just get as much of the old goop out as you can (alcohol can help with this -for the coil, not for you), then fill it up with a modern epoxy and it will be good for another 25 years.




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