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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 05:52 AM
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i've never understood the desire for a mag, it's a very American addition, based on flat-trackers, I assume
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I like to ride the prince of darkness home, no matter what!!!

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I can't believe I am asking for help, and some guys drops the magneto price on me. If I drop the bike, I am more worried about me. I am worried about the guy who worries about dropping his bike?? Are you supporting Obama too??
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I opened the carb up to get it to fire. Raised the idle and open the air mixture screw. I am more worried about the oil coming out of the splines on the tranny. Not the looks of my magneto. I think it looks much cooler than your lame stock points!!
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I opened the carb up to get it to fire. Raised the idle and open the air mixture screw. I am more worried about the oil coming out of the splines on the tranny. Not the looks of my magneto. I think it looks much cooler than your lame stock points!!
That's no way to make friends, Steve. I think John was just posing a a suggestion and thought he did it with the best of intentions.

Everyone here pretty much has every poster's best interests in mind. I don't remember the last time I saw someone take offense to a comment being made. I would humbly suggest that until you get to know the folks better on this forum, that you give them the benefit of the doubt.

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I can't believe I am asking for help, and some guys drops the magneto price on me. If I drop the bike, I am more worried about me. I am worried about the guy who worries about dropping his bike?? Are you supporting Obama too??
Sorry squire - only a thought! I got the impression you'd obtained the bike more or less as-is and didn't have very much knowledge of it. Therefore, I mused as I drew on my pipe and stretched my carpet-slippered feet out in front of the glowing hearth - you might not realise that the magneto that was already on it is worth quite a lot of dosh, and can easily be replaced by something that works just as well but is a lot cheaper. I was certainly not implying that your legs are of lesser value than the magneto - but I would say that the magneto is much more likely to get damaged (as well as your timing cover and exhaust cam) if the bike falls over even at walking speed.

Oh, if it matters at all, I don't want Obama to win, but I do hope Romney loses!
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I got the impression you'd obtained the bike more or less as-is and didn't have very much knowledge of it.
Have to admit that I got the same impression, but also that my skills at diplomacy are improving(?)!

The whole 'Joe Hunt Magneto' situation is a fascinating story in the annals of Triumph lore, at least to this writer!

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It's Alive!!!! I have been told by the previous owner that the main seal behind the clutch has always leaked. GREAT!!!! Now I need to fix that!!! Any suggestions???
I'd say the previous owner is wrong about the source of the oil.
You won't get much leakage from the primary case through the mainshaft seal,especially at cranking speed on a cold engine.

Look for the crankcase breather hose.

I tend to agree with others about the usefulness of a magneto.They are more troublesome than an alternator,so your chances of walking home aren't reduced.

The other downside of a Hunt magneto is no advance curve.You run full advace all the time,even at idle.You're more likely to melt pistons at low rpm;above 4000 rpm you can open the throttle as much as you like.

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I found the breather hose hook-up. Sneaky little devil ain't she. I am having a hard time finding a T for the breather. Will any nylon tee work?? Brass?? 5/16 - 1/4 reducer?? I had it running with no T.
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