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Thread: XLCH magneto problems

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    Default XLCH magneto problems

    I have a stock Fairbanks Morris magneto on a XLCH. I replaced the coil and condenser, cleaned and gapped points as well as replaced the plugs with nos #4 plugs. The magnet seems strong. The bike started and ran well. The next day it wouldn't start. Poking around a little I found the spark intermittent, sparking hot on the first kick then either getting weak or no spark after several kicks. Almost always sparks hot on the first kick after a brief rest. Even before replacing the components it would occasionally spark. Can anyone make sense of this? Thanks.

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    perhaps the magnets need to be recharged.
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    The magnet feels strong and I don't believe that would be intermittent. Any other replies would be appreciated.

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    Some of the marketer condensers that I've seen are very inconsistent. I would get one from Dave Shaw at Morris Magneto in New Jersey as a starting point. Actually, its probably a good idea to give him a call and ask him about your problem. if anyone has seen it, it's Dave.
    Bill Pedalino
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    Hopefully not using carbon filament plug wires?
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