I have an '86 LT230s.
recently I put a new top end in. Took it out for a test drive after the rebuild and the screw holding the cam chain tensioner was loose and fell out. When I stopped the motor I couldn't start again. Fearing the cam chain jumped the timing I pushed it back, reset the timing by using a screwdriver in the spark plug hole to determine the top end.
Bike still wouldn't start where in the past it would start on the first kick. I was pretty confident I hadn't screwed up the timing so I pulled the spark plug to spray some starting fluid in the chamber and noticed the spark plug wasn't getting any spark.
I tested the ground, the usual suspects. I had a donor bike so I replaced the coil and the CDI. Still nospark.
So here is where is gets interesting.
I take the stator cover off, wipe down the flywheel and coils and I guess what you'd call the magneto because they all had a light layer of oil on them. In order to take the stator cover off of course I had to drain the oil. So after wiping it down, putting the stator cover back on I get a strong spark.
In my haste, I start the motor and let it run for about 20 seconds before I realize I didn't put the oil back in.
I put the oil back in...and you guessed it - now I'm back to having no spark.
I'm trying to figure out if I need to replace something - clearly I can't run it without oil.
any ideas would be welcome.
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