I started the Dyna install this week. I worked on it briefly a couple evenings. I first read and re-read Octanes tutorial. I then read the Dyna instructions and then tossed them. I followed Octane. I decided that I wanted to do this and keep it looking stock as much as possible. I removed the air filter housing to get to the resistor. I swapped the resistor out for the new one. (Those little screws that hold that on are a bear! Now that I think about it, the Makers and cigar may have had something to do with it) I removed the points plate and condenser. I tried to remove the points cam, but to no avail. A tab would just not clear when the mechanism was fully opened. I used my good judgement and stopped there for the night. The next evening (sans the Makers) I took apart the spring gizmo thing so that the cam sleeve would come off. I removed it and reassembled the gizmo with no issues. Then I installed the dyna in the points housing. I decided to wait on the wiring till Saturday. I did not want to use the blue wire coupler that was supplied with the kit. When I opened the shelter housing or looked at the bike, I did not want the dyna replacement jumping out at me. So, I next hooked up the wires from the dyna to the harness as per octane. I then ran the red wire up through the rubber sleeve, behind the frame and inside the shelter. As on my 77 the red wire showed in the gap between the side cover, seat and shelter. I decided to cover the red wire with black tape so that it would not show. Of course when I ran the red wire this way, it was too short. I decided to splice three wires in at that point and run the two ends to the flasher geen/white wire. By doing it this way all of the splices were hidden and the harness looked untouched from the shelter side. I twisted the splices together good and the soldered them. Way better than that blue contraption!
Installation complete, now for the timing. So much easier than the points! The static method was quick and easy. After I loosened the screw on the back of the plate and move the left side as far counter clockwise as possible, there was room the adjust the other side. After the adjustment, I put it back together and started her up. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! The bike runs so much better! I do not have to rev it up when I start out, it doesn't stall when I stop and it is smooth when traveling about 30 mph. A huge difference. I may need to tinker with the carbs a bit now, but I am almost there! If the weather clears up today, Jean and I are heading out for a ride somewhere in Michigan today and tomorrow. I'll keep you posted. BTW, should I change the plug gaps with the dyna installed?
Hope for the best, expect the worst and take what comes!
1977 Candy Sirus Blue Wing (gone but not forgotten!): Ernie's 77 Resto
1998 Yellow/Creme Valkyrie (sold): Valk Redo
1976 Sulfur Yellow Wing (sold): Melloyellow to live again
1976 LTD #1353 (my new love!): And away we go . . . . LTD style
1970 CT90: Had too much time on my hands so . . .
1/4 of 1975 Wing #898 (Sold): Team 898 - raised from the ashes