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Re: [vmaxtech] Bike is sick JMB Thu Apr 05 17:00:53 2012

You should take off the air box and the seat. The coil connectors into the 
harness are on the coils. There is an ‘extra’ wire on #2 coil (above 34 
cylinder) This is the sensor for the tacho. If you think the spark is a bit 
weak, you may have a leak in the HT lead. 
The ignition vacuum advance is taken off #2 cylinder intake manifold. Follow 
the rubber tube to the igniter (blackbox) near the steering head. Check for 
leaks in the tube and whilst you there, you could also check and clean any 
other electrical connections you can see. 

From: johnny poss 
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2012 2:29 AM
Subject: RE: [vmaxtech] Bike is sick


I figured out yesterday that #4 plug wire was loose at the coil. Reconected and 
the spark was there, I checked all four plugs and the spark seemed the same on 
all of them.  I am not sure if the spark I saw was normal or not I just figured 
the spark would be bigger.  I'm not sure what/where to check the 12V 
connectors, will look them up and is the TCI/DCI box under the left scoop or 
under the air box or where?
Thanks for the info

Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 22:30:13 +0800
Subject: Re: [vmaxtech] Bike is sick

Based on your advice about the lack of spark on #4 and weak spark on#3 you 
might want to check basics first. Look at the coil connectors. The Vmax is 
famous for electrical problems caused by dirty / corroded connections. To 
confuse matters, the coil for #3 is above #3 cylinder (follow the HT lead). The 
coil for #4 is above #2 cylinder,( follow the HT lead.) Check out the 12V 
connectors and the connector at the TCI / DCI black box. You could also refit 
everything and start the bike in a pitch black garage and check for HT lead 
electrical leaks. Surprising what shows up under the cover of darkness.

Also, a very good source of braided hydraulic brake lines, made up or 
components and other parts, is Goodrich 

From: JMB 
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 11:55 AM
Subject: Re: [vmaxtech] Bike is sick


The wet plug and below par running could be faulty spark on that cylinder.Check 
you have a good spark first or rotate the spark plugs and see if the problem is 
with that particular plug or that particular cylinder (carb/HT lead/coil).

From: Tim Brundage 
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 10:45 AM
Subject: Re: [vmaxtech] Bike is sick


If your filter's dirty try running some Seafoam through it.

From: johnny.poss <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Monday, April 2, 2012 8:55 PM
Subject: [vmaxtech] Bike is sick

1986 vamx

My bike just started running a little less than normal today, I checked all 
four plugs the #4 plug was a little wet and the rest were normal light brown. 
The usual fuel filter will be replaced tomorrow (looked a little black on the 
out line). What would the right fix for the wet plug on #4 be?