Front cylinder not firing, resolution

Ernest Montague afm199 at
Sun Sep 6 19:37:49 PDT 2009

I have had the same coil problem twice, once when it got oiled from the 
breather and once when it expanded.

Same symptoms too.

On Sep 6, 2009, at 7:23 PM, Randy Grein wrote:

> Lately my procedure when stymied on anything is to set it aside until 
> later - conditions change, I have time to think about the problem, 
> better advice comes in, whatever. This time it was a combination - 
> decent light helped, and I had time to think about recommendations.
> For those just joining us (and those with short-term memory loss) my 
> streetbike suddenly dropped the front cylinder. No water involved, no 
> recent work, and it wasn't a part-time failure, although it would 
> sometimes fire above 3-4000 rpm, farting and belching. It HAD to be 
> electrical in nature but changing the coil, plug or even the black box 
> didn't help. I just couldn't find it first time around and that's 
> where the light came in. The positive coil lead felt funny, but seemed 
> to hang on well enough. But looking at the connector showed it was 
> expanded quite a bit, and it seemed the plastic exterior was actually 
> holding the end to the terminal. Crimping it down provided an instant, 
> consistent spark, and after a bit of work to get past a bit of 
> flooding it runs fine again!
> Thanks to everyone for suggestions and moral support.
> Randy Grein, WMRRA #141

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