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2005 500 Scrambler having trouble identifying timing mark

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I'm having trouble identifying Mark. I know where the mark is in the Stator cover. Is the T at about, the 12 o'clock position in this photo? I've got to buy another Stator cover as the one I have has a hole at the bottom of it. Due to failing eyes, I have a lot of trouble anymore. Thanks! 🙂


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I think you need to clean the rust off. In the two manuals I looked in it says the timing mark is a single small groove/line. It looks like a small chisel mark in the flywheel. There are other ignition advance marks but they are one long mark with a short mark either side.


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Yes the timing hole is rathar difficult, a bolt comes out so you can see the timing mark down through the bolt hole, a little small, would have been better if it was a larger hole to look down in. I was looking at your photo i see the T, i would have expected to see an F not far from the T but didnt see one on the flywheel, I do know with the flywheel removed you can see a small line next to the crank shaft for timing, but that for people who are going deeper into the engine than you are.

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You dont have to just to check the timing, if you plan on going deeper into the engine to replace the chain or something else you would. To get it at top dead center you will see your T in the inspection hole on your recoil starter cover, it will be at about two O clock, with the crank key pointing toward the cam gear. From what i remember of this engine on the cam chain there are 3 silver links, there are two that line to marks on the cam gear and there is one that line to a mark on the case next to the crankshaft. These are just there for initial installing of the cam chain, to get timing right, they dont stay in that position. So if you pull the cover and they are not where they are supposed to be dont get alarmed.

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